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2009-03-12 07:35
Mansory has taken over Rinspeed’s Porsche tuning d

Mansory has taken over Rinspeed’s Porsche tuning division, located in Switzerland. Subtle style, like this Cayenne based 995, at an unspeakable price, is the result.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Mansory
Model 995
Engine 4.8l, turbo V8
Power 458kW
Torque 810Nm
Mansory, German purveyor of notoriously expensive Aston Martin and Bentley conversions, is now focussing its considerable expertise on Porsche products.

Though boss man, Iranian born Kourosh Mansory, has carefully managed his company’s reputation by crafting prohibitively expensive aftermarket styling and dynamic packages for the best of British (Aston Martin, Bentley and Rolls-Royce), a recent business structure realignment has welcomed Porsche into the Mansory portfolio.

Rebadged Rinspeed?

When Swiss based Rinspeed found itself unable to do justice to its Porsche refining division, Mansory bought it over, and now has facilities in both Germany and Switzerland, the latter specialising in Porsche products.

Unable to resist the lure of modifying the facelifted Porsche Cayenne, Mansory’s take on Germany’s most aesthetically challenged SUV is called the 995.

Aesthetically it’s less vulgar than comparable aftermarket options, featuring a new front apron with enlarged air intakes, a carbon-fibre bonnet sporting ventilation ducts, wider wings and side skirts. The bodykit adds 40mm of width to the standard Cayenne.

The rear is embellished with a new apron and integrated diffuser, which accommodates an acoustically resonant, butterfly-valve controlled performance exhaust system.

Drop it like it's hot

Mansory has lowered the 995 alarmingly, with new rebound adjustable dampers and performance coil springs setting ride height 40mm lower.

For customers who already have air-suspension optioned on their Cayenne, Mansory has a hydraulic override unit which lowers the median ride height of pneumatic suspended Mansory 995s by a further 45mm…

With the lowered ride height, revised suspension settings and rolling on a set of five-spoke, 23-inch mags shod with 315/25 profile performance rubber, ride quality should be awful, yet handling dynamics redoubtable.

Stylish 23-inch alloy wheels practically dwarf the front disc brakes, themselves seriously performance certified 420mm items.

Performance upgrades are in lieu with industry averages for the Cayenne Turbo S 4.8l V8 engine. Some ECU remapping and a performance exhaust system raises power output to 458kW and torque peaks at 810Nm, increases of 54kW and 60Nm.

Balancing the nominal increase in engine performance are upgraded brakes, with the front discs now measuring an impressive 420mm (actuated by eight-piston callipers) and the rear axle equipped with 375mm discs clamped by four-piston callipers.

Interior embellishments for the Mansory 955 include aluminium pedals and lavishly appointed carbon-fibre trim inserts – and we really mean lavishly, even the air-vent surrounds and grab-handles are covered in F1’s favourite fetish material.


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