After-market upgrades

Six car-tuners are selling souped-up luxury cars

Germany's VATH has become the latest car-tuning firm to enter the Thai market via TSL Auto Corporation.

Of all the car modifiers at this year's Motor Expo, VATH has the widest offerings on show including four Mercedes-Benzes with both performance and cosmetic upgrades available. They include the CLS250 CDI coupe-style saloon, SLK250 roadster, E200 Coupe and C180 Coupe.

Carlsson, represented in Thailand by BRG, is also highlighting the two-door C180 with a variety of styling options. Performance upgrades include a 45hp boost for the regular 156hp 1.8-litre petrol-turbo engine. Power goes up by another 8hp with a specially tuned exhaust. The whole car costs 3.99 million baht.

Yuma Motors is officially displaying the Mercedes-Benz SL by Brabus and Range Rover Evoque by Star Tech.

Royal Motors is boasting the Ruf Rt5, based on the Porsche 911. It has been tuned to 630hp and a good three of the 35 made worldwide have been reserved for Thailand.

MTM Thailand, meanwhile, is wooing sports car fans with the Audi R8 Spyder tuned to 606hp.

Carlsson: Mercedes C-class Coupe

Ruf: Porsche 911

MTM: Audi R8 Spyder

Startech: Range Rover Evoque

VATH: Mercedes CLS

Brabus: Mercedes SL-class