German tuners Hamann Motorsport was founded in 1986 as a BMW modification specialist, but they soon expanded their scope to include other German performance cars from Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, and Audi. In the early ’00s, the company took things a step further, creating their own body kits as well as performance kits and making limited-run special editions that looked drastically different from the cars in their stock form.
Whether all of their cars look good is debatable, but they’re certainly unique enough that no one will forget them in a hurry. They’re popular, too, as Hamann-modified cars have been spotted everywhere from the streets of London to the underground garages of Dubai. Their unique take on design sets them apart from competitors like Mansory and ensures that, although their conversions might not be for everyone, they’ve retained plenty of loyal clients who trust them with modifying all kinds of luxury and performance cars.
10 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Volcano
While the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren is remembered as one of the greatest German performance cars of the ’00s, some would argue that its exterior design was a little underwhelming for such a capable car. Hamann decided to change that in 2008 with their take on the car, dubbed the “Volcano”.
They added a crazy carbon fiber body kit and a large rear wing, then decorated the SLR with a two-tone paint job that, to put it nicely, hasn’t aged well. Performance upgrades were also included, with Hamann’s technicians bumping the overall power output up to 700 hp.
9 Lamborghini Gallardo Victory
Widebody kits might be more closely associated with the work of mad Japanese tuners like Rocket Bunny, but Hamann has in fact been making them for nearly two decades now. The Lamborghini Gallardo Victory featured a full widebody kit and came with a Cup racing-style rear wing.
The kit was reportedly designed for optimal aerodynamics, with the new front apron and roof scoop designed to channel airflow as efficiently as possible. An ECU remap also pushed the car’s power output up by 40 hp and also increased its top speed.
8 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Hawk
One of Hamann’s most exclusive cars is the Hamann Hawk, a modified Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG that’s been turned into a track day monster. It sits on coilover suspension and wider, stickier tires increase the car’s grip significantly.
Power is boosted to 638 hp and there’s of course the usual widebody kit and black-accented styling throughout the interior and exterior. The Hawk in painted an exclusive shade of Everose Gold, although it would stand out enough even without its unusual color scheme.
7 Land Rover Range Rover Mystere
While it’s fair to assume that the vast majority of Range Rover owners wouldn’t want to spec their car with a shiny pink wrap and a widebody kit, clearly there were a few who did, as Hamann released their “Mystere” package in 2013.
A range of optional performance upgrades were available, but the main selling point was the outlandishness of the exterior modifications. It’s not known exactly how many were made, but the number is likely to be in the single digits. In this case, that’s probably a good thing.
6 Bentley Continental GT Imperator
Throughout most of the ’90s, Bentley was trying to find ways to make their cars appeal to more modern buyers after years of stagnating sales. They hit upon the design of the Continental GT in 2003, and it proved an instant hit, revitalizing the brand for years to come.
This new, younger breed of Bentley owners was keen to do what would have been unthinkable before: modify their cars. Hamann was more than happy to help, debuting the Imperator in 2009 that featured blacked-out taillights, a full body kit, and a choice of two-tone wheels.
5 Porsche Macan Diesel
Out of the many cars that Hamann has modified over the years, the Porsche Macan seems one of their oddest. Not necessarily because of the fact it’s a crossover, but because they chose to use the mid-spec diesel variant as their base for modification.
Even with their costly performance upgrades, the Hamann Macan is still slower than a regular gasoline Macan S, despite looking like a proper super-SUV. Why anyone wouldn’t just buy a top-spec factory Macan instead seems to be a question that even Hamann themselves couldn’t answer.
4 BMW M3 E46 Las Vegas Wings
One of the company’s earliest full body kits was for the M3 E46, nicknamed the “Las Vegas Wings”. Hamann went back to their roots of BMW modification here and as a result, the car is considerably quicker than a stock M3.
However, its butterfly doors and unique choice of paint mean that we’d be willing to bet most Bimmer enthusiasts wouldn’t want to be seen in one of these unique creations today. Like many of Hamann’s products, it’s thought that only a few of these conversions were ever sold.
3 Ferrari F430 Black Miracle
The Ferrari F430 is one of the company’s most recent hidden gems, as prices for used examples continue to fall despite the car’s many charms. Considerably less charming is Hamann’s “Black Miracle” F430, which takes inspiration from Ferrari’s motorsport heritage.
The front lip and rear diffuser on their own could have provided quite a tasteful addition to the stock car’s form, but the black-and-orange paintwork and ugly wheels turn it from mild to truly wild. Enzo Ferrari would not have approved.
2 Lamborghini Aventador Nervudo
The “crazy modified Lamborghini” trend seems so common that it’s practically a sub-genre of car culture on its own, in part thanks to many owners desperately trying to make their cars stand out from the crowds of other Lambo-driving influencers and celebrities.
Hamann’s Lamborghini Aventador conversion certainly stands out, if nothing else for the brightly-colored grilles that contrast with the rest of the car. Several versions of this Nervudo package have been spotted on the road, often sporting extra modifications like skull graphics and a bright green interior.
1 McLaren MP4-12C MemoR
The MemoR represents the very essence of what Hamann offers, a performance car with a chaotic mix of visual modifications and performance upgrades. It’s a McLaren MP4-12C underneath, but its body kit takes inspiration from the McLaren F1 and F1 GTR.
Its paint scheme can best be described as looking like it’s been dipped in every color at once, and its wide tires and forged rims give it a distinctly motorsport-style appearance. What’s even better, for once those rims don’t sport a garish two-paint job, with Hamann opting to leave them entirely black. The company doesn’t usually make its prices public, but for the MemoR they did, stating that the conversion package will cost an eye-watering €95,000 ($105,660) plus tax.
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