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MTM's Geneva Offensive Goes from Hybrid VW T6 Hot Van to Opulent 800 HP Audi S8

Just like a fighter who feels more sure-footed on familiar ground, German tuner MTM, which has a rich Geneva experience, has decided to unleash all horsepower hell at the Swiss venue.
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It doesn't even matter if we're talking about the kind of machines that rely on green innovation or the type of cars whose carbon footprint is massive, the idea is to deliver what we call octane opulence.

In fact, we'll have to correct that, as MTM no longer relies on suck-squeeze-bang-blow alone to deliver horsepower. This becomes obvious when we check out their T6 E-Motion, the first hybrid VW commercial vehicle.

While the BiTDI 2.0-liter oil burner feeds the front axle with 240 PS, the setup involves driveshaft-less all-wheel-drive. That comes thanks to each or the rear wheels getting a dedicated 15 kW hub-mounted electric motor. While the rear axle enjoys 30 kW (42 PS) in electric form, the combined torque figure rose to 1,100 Nm (811 lb-ft).

As a result, we're talking about warm hatch straight line performance coming from a van. While the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint is covered in 8.2 seconds, the top speed sits at 215 km/h (133.5 mph).

At the other end of the tree-hugging scale, we find MTM's S8 Talladega R. An evolution of the tuner's previous A8 work, the luxury sedan plows straight into supercar territory, at least when discussing straight line performance.

While the 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint is left behind in 3.1s, the 0 to 124 mph (200 km/h) run can be handled in 9.9s. Zero to 184 mph (300 km/h)? No problem, it will all be over in 29 seconds.

As for the maximum velocity of this custom S8, this is the kind of lavish machine that can leave the new Porsche 911 R behind on the Autobahn, as its top speed rises to 217 mph (350 km/h). The carbon ceramic brakes are on the house. Those are the kind of performance numbers that show up when the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 under the hood is pushed to 802 PS.

Given all the extraordinary efforts mentioned above, the third MTM jewel displayed in Geneva almost seems normal, as it delivers 502 PS. That's until you realize we're talking about what is supposed to be a hot hatchback.

MTM's RS3 R can complete the 0 to 62 mph run in 3.6 seconds, so this machine is anything but small when it comes to going fast. And thanks to the five-cylinder configuration of the 2.5-liter mill, the overly delicious soundtrack is guaranteed.

As usual, MTM comes to show tuners like Mansory that you don't have to scream your hp numbers out loud in order to impress.

 
 
 
 
 

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