The German Hofele Design tuning studio, which is specializing on making appearance kits for vehicles like Audi Q7, and different flavors of Volkswagens, introduced its new GT 500 body kit for the facelifted 2009 Porsche Cayenne SUV.
When Porsche first introduced the Cayenne, a crossover that finally emphasized the “sport” in the SUV, many skeptics believed that the German car manufacturer was making a deadly mistake, that market didn’t need yet another crossover and that the company was diluting its hard-earned brand of a maker of the ultimate driver’s machines. They proved wrong.
However, sharing its platform with the bulky VW Touareg, a vehicle that, in its own turn, emphasized the “utility” in the same abbreviation, has a serious problem: its bulky, heavy-set body doesn’t look particularly sporty making even the top of the line 2009 Cayenne Turbo S look like a fatso at the 100-meter line. Porsche tried to find a solution to the problem by giving the face-lifted car a more aggressive front fascia and even more low-profile rubber wrapped around light-alloy disks, but the visual lumpiness seems to be encoded in the car’s DNA: you can’t just hide it with new ABS plastic.
Well, it looks like there are still a lot of people that hope to turn their massive luxury SUV into something more resembling the legendary 911 Carrera and the German tuning specialist Hofele Design is here to help them with its new GT 500 / 600 body kit.
The kit consists of a new front bumper with mesh inserts and two additional fog lights, as well as LED daytime driving lights; and a removable diffuser on the rear bumper with twin tailpipes.
The unexpectedly nice-looking widebody Hofele GT 600 styling kit also adds a pair of front fenders with air vent openings and wheel arch extensions.
Photos: Hofele Design
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