The Essen Motor Show #2015
has been around for a long time and it has a reputation for producing some horrific creations of questionable taste, but the #2014
show seemed to offer up a more serious selection of cars…
As usual there were a lot of BMWs on show at Essen and while some were a little on the wild side, there was plenty of interesting metal about. Manhart had been very busy this year and created one of the most noteworthy cars of the entire show, a modified i8, which must be one of the first ones anyone’s modified. Unsurprisingly perhaps there were no performance mods, just wheels and suspension, but it was still an unexpected sight and credit to the company for getting involved with a car which I can’t imagine too many people are going to be modifying.
The Manhart stand was also home to the MH 400 WB, a wide-body 2 Series based on the #M235i
, pushing out 430hp and 437lb ft, and a MH4 550, the company’s take on the M4, with 550hp and 605lb ft.
Manhart wasn’t the only company to have caught wide-body fever, there were quite a few wide-body kitted cars on display throughout the show; #M&D
Cardesign had brought along a #650i
sporting a Prior Design kit and Prior Design also had a 6 Series on display wearing one of its kits. They might not be to all tastes, but they are certainly spectacular and bound to get you noticed. The German Tune It! Safe! campaign, aimed at increasing awareness of modifying cars using quality parts, was being fronted by a selection of #AC-Schnitzer
modified police cars, which included an #X4
. For motorsport fans, there were a number of tasty treats including a selection of VLN racers, a couple of drift cars, some ETCC contenders and a rather lovely #Alpina
6 Series racer.
Some of the most impressive cars on display, however, were in the private tuning area, where those lucky enough to be chosen could show their personal cars. Two of the stand-out examples were current #BMW
feature cars; the first was Buni Seferi’s M3- styled #E91
Touring, rocking a set of 18” Messers on one side and 18” BBS RSs on the other, while the other was the bagged #E3
2800 of Kevin Pourtois, which looked spectacular. Another #BMW
that was enjoying a lot of attention was an #E46
belonging to a guy called Waldi, which was sitting on custom threepiece 18” Style 5s. Matthias Lange’s yellow E30 on Schnitzer 17s with an S50-swap and a custom flip front was another crowd pleaser and next to that was an #E30
Cab with an S62 V8 squeezed under the bonnet.
All-in-all, an impressive selection of seriously modified BMWs from our Continental cousins and a mighty fine show.