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2009-05-13 08:47
Romania. Great location for vampire movies. Plenty of raven-haired models, gypsy entertainment and now, Porsche Cayenne tuning bits too.

MAFF Tuning, based in the Romanian capital and concrete architecture citadel of Bucharest, has shown our former communist friends to be at least half as mad as Germany’s mainstream aftermarket tuners – especially when it comes to ill conceived model names.

Not content with sporting a company name simply made for Freudian slips, MAFF’s Cayenne conversion centres around the “Muron” widebody kit – Muron, really, says quite a lot actually.

Bonnet styling lines more akin to being etches than creases - and the grille, not really the last word in subtle, is it?

Grille bigger, better?

Broken down into components, the kit is a blend of fibreglass and carbon-fibre bits - plenty of the former, mere sprinklings of the latter we assume.

All the regulation embellishments are present, including new front and rear spoilers, LED daytime running lights, side skirts framing the lower flanks, a roof spoiler and bonnet with some ridiculous air scoops.

The pièce de résistance though, is the new front grille, which is so ludicrously oversized even Audi’s head of design, Wolfgang Egger, would be impressed.

Wider track, trick suspension

Muron’s ornate styling and forbidding stance is further enhanced by MAFF having actually delved into some chassis engineering, widening the front track by 60mm and moving the rear wheels 80mm further apart.

The Cayenne’s air-suspension system has been recalibrated to operate within the Muron’s lowered ride height range (it features an 80mm drop), with dynamics further buoyed by a Version 3 coil-over suspension kit.

With the widened track and lowered suspension providing an enhanced dynamic stability base, MAFF offers an 515kW power upgrade of the standard Cayenne Turbo S (404kW) by feeding the 4.8l V8’s air requirements with a larger turbo.

A custom made exhaust system (featuring neatly split rectangular tips) and reprogrammed ECU control unit, ensure the larger turbo integrates seamlessly with the engine mapping parameters.

Interior is an over elaborate world of leather workmanship - which is obviously a pretty neat fashion skill in Romania. Love the badge too - MAFF indeed...

As elaborate as the Muron’s exterior styling is, nothing quite prepares one for the cabin’s sumptuous nature. Customers can choose the colour, materials combination, stitching design and inserts, but in reality it's a world of leather. Rural Romania's cattle will be thinned out pretty soon considering the area of interior surfacing covered in leather with this Muron conversion.

MAFF’s Muron employs top drawer acoustics from Alpine to find optimal resonance to anything a customer may wish to play through the extensive multimedia kit.

A main dashboard screen can display images captured by the video cameras integrated in the front and rear bumpers – which means there are no excuses for scratching it in the mall's parking lot.

You’ll be forgiven for chipping the lower lip of the front spoiler though…


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