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RINSPEED CHOPSTER
ON SALE: Now, in Europe
BASE PRICE: $460,000
POWERTRAIN: 4.5-liter, 592-hp, 590-lb-ft twin-turbocharged V8; 4wd, six-speed sequential automatic
CURB WEIGHT: 5470 lbs
0 TO 62 MPH: 4.4 seconds (mfr.)

We first saw the wild Rinspeed Chopster, based on an already impressive 444-hp Porsche Cayenne Turbo, on the Internet in 2004, and it was orange then. We saw it at this year’s Geneva show in matte silver, and it was time to take a drive. Swiss Porsche tuner Rinspeed partnered with Edag in Germany—among a long list of others—to create a 592-hp version of the 4.5-liter Porsche V8.

The Edag chop job on the completely redone bodywork, which the company says is inspired by linebackers’ physiques in American football, is daunting in person. A whopping 2.75 inches of height is lopped off the passenger cabin. Sitting in the stunning leather and Alcantara interior feels like sitting in a mobile bunker. You can actually tell the Chopster is scowling at the outside world from the way pedestrians in crosswalks react. Swiss school kids are decidedly not neutral in their reactions.

The vehicle has the mass to match. Whereas the standard Cayenne Turbo hits the scales at 5192 pounds, the Chopster breaks the scale at 5470 pounds. In testing, we found the rear gate had to be propped up by hand as the added weight exceeds the limit of the hydraulic dampers meant to hold it up. A more robust unit is to be added prior to the Chopster’s delivery to a Russian client.

BSO 2001 in Germany performed a complete engine overhaul—new low back-pressure race exhaust with 100-cell metallic catalytic converters, two large water-cooled intercoolers, higher-pressure turbochargers and a new electronic control unit—and beefed up the six-speed gearbox to withstand the 590 lb-ft of torque vs. the Cayenne Turbo’s 457 lb-ft. That’s a lot of torque, but the gearbox is said to be able to withstand a Bugatti Veyron-like 738 lb-ft. Literally, this is a tank built for Siberia.

Driving this hulk is every bit as cool as you’d expect. The sheer power at the touch of the throttle lives up to the image of the exterior. You can accelerate to 62 mph in a bit more than four seconds and top speed hits 180 mph against the Turbo’s 165. To stop this moving mountain, the Chopster has larger cross-drilled floating brake discs originally designed for racing GTs, again by BSO 2001.
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Is this thing ugly looking or what? The price is absolutly outrageous as well.
 

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i'm going to go out on a limb and say this thing does not exist in real life.

by chopster, they meant photochopster maybe. :)
 

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I really hope I see one of those on the street so I can point and laugh at the owner, if ANYBODY ever got that they deserve to be mocked for the rest of their lives. $460,000 gets you a lot of cars, it can get you a 360 modena/911 turbo with 300k left and it will look A LOT better and perform just as good in a strait line and better in the curves.
 

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We first saw the wild Rinspeed Chopster, based on an already impressive 444-hp Porsche Cayenne Turbo, on the Internet in 2004, and it was orange then. We saw it at this year’s Geneva show in matte silver, and it was time to take a drive. Swiss Porsche tuner Rinspeed partnered with Edag in Germany—among a long list of others—to create a 592-hp version of the 4.5-liter Porsche V8.
It is a real car. Rinspeed is also known for making really bizarre cars out of porsches like the 911 with the pickup bed in the back
 
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