Mansory Switzerland was the proud owner of this fantastic Porsche Cayenne upgrade, which was built just in time for the Frankfurt motor show in 2009.
But first things first: yes, there was a Chopster before — from Rinspeed in 2005.
As discussed in this other article, there are major issues with actually chopping the roof of a production car: the doors, glass and everything else is suddenly not OEM-safe or secure for true high-performance driving.
The Mansory technique maintains the Porsche glasshouse and structural elements, but swaps its steel exterior for carbon-fiber all around. A width stretch of around four inches over the stock Cayenne, the big drop in ride height and the 23-inch wheels all deliver a big punch — even with the factory headroom intact.
2005 Rinspeed Chopster
The style of this all-carbon exterior is wild and magnificent, with a super-aggressive lower intake and spiked hood adding drama to the look of the Chopster’s exposed carbon-fiber weave.
A fantastic group of custom LED lights is certainly impressive for 2009, when these were truly state-of-the-art.
Inside the Chopster, things are perhaps even more exciting than outside. Four racing buckets are hard-backed in matching carbon fiber, while everything else is either leather-wrapped or custom-made for this show car.
Finally, performance took a big leap to 710-horsepower with an all-new engine header setup, custom breathing and a remote-adjustable exhaust for a subtle growl or beastly howl on command.
2009 MANSORY Chopster
World premiere at the 63th IAA Frankfurt Motor Show 2009
The latest generation of the MANSORY Chopster –
a holistic SUV artwork with the exclusiveness and precise processing of a Swiss clockwork
MANSORY, the refining specialist for super sports cars presents the world premiere of the latest generation Chopster on the Frankfurt Motor Show. Even more noble, more exclusive and with an interior full of innovations and unrivalled manufacturing quality.
The company owner Kourosh Mansory assigned this project to the subsidiary MANSORY Switzerland AG – in-house specialist for Porsche cars. At the MANSORY stand (hall 5) in Frankfurt, MANSORY Switzerland AG presents its fascinating interpretation of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S. A breathtaking car body styling, precisely adjusted aerodynamics components, a vigorous 710 hp turbo engine and a unprecedented abundance of interior refinements turn the Chopster into a holistic automobile artwork.
Carbon – the basis for modifications
Mansory relies on most modern manufacturing methods and solely uses the ultra-light and high-strength material carbon for its extensive auto body modifications. Whether front- or rear apron, doors, bonnet or the wings which broaden the cars by 80 millimetres – all components are formed out of carbon and hardened under strong pressure and high temperatures in the autoclave. The advantages of the high-tech method are evident: reducing the car weight does not only improve the acceleration values, but also reduces the braking distance and the fuel consumption of the Chopster. Large air inlets provide an optimal air supply for the drive unit. Four extra headlights increase the passive safety and underline the sportive-dynamic look.
Powerful performance enhancement for better elasticity and more driving pleasures
Apart from the auto body, also the charged serial power engine of the Porsche receives an impressive makeover. The Mansory engine department exchanges the serial turbo loader with larger specimen. An adjusted engine management and a significantly improved fresh air supply result in a remarkable increased efficiency.
The modified V8 therefore mobilises 710 hp / 522 kW and a maximum torque of 900 Nm and achieves a maximum speed of 302 km/h. A sport exhaust system with an optimised off-gas stream perfects the Mansory engine upgrade. A proprietary development consisting of a racing header and a four-pipe baffler regulates the sound scenery through the integrated valve control and the driver can select a restrained sonorous or a powerful and voluminous sound.
Wheel and running gear –
Components for best road holding characteristics and dynamic appearance
The fully forged 11×23 inch mono block rims in turbine design and the Dunlop Sport Maxx GT-tyres sized 315/25/23 perfectly fit under the broadened Chopster wing. By the Mansory sport module for air suspension control, the XXL-wheels are additionally enhanced. If desired, the SUV´s centre of gravity can be lowered by 45 millimetres.
Engineer design without limits
The interior is lined with most delicate materials rendering a comfortable feeling. The leather of the Chopster interior is extremely hard wearing, but yet enormously soft and finished by expert hand. For the Chopster interior, the MANSORY interior designers only use flawless leather skins and accentuate them with discreet decorative stitches.
An eye-catching highlight of the newly designed interior is the centre console which stretches from the back compartment to the dash-board. Four individual sports seats with shell-type seats made of carbon fibre render an extravagant atmosphere and provide optimal hold to its passengers.
Equipped with two monitors in the centre console as well as DVD-player and laptop with internet connection, the car offers everything the clientele desires. The newly designed airbag sports steering wheel, the aluminium pedals and the carbon fibre applications perfect the exquisite overall impression in the Chopster. MANSORY achieved the perfect symbiosis of dynamic functionality and a luxurious atmosphere.
For more information about the exclusive refining programme by Mansory Switzerland AG, please visit the web site www.mansory.ch
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