(from Rinspeed Press
Release) The latest creation of the Swiss design
powerhouse and tuner par-excellence will soon celebrate its roll
out: The new ‘Rinspeed Chopster'.
Rinspeed, renowned for extraordinary conversions and avant-garde
prototypes, gives a glimpse of their latest creation: Inspired by
the mostly American cult to lower the roof line (‘chop’) on even the
most unlikely vehicles, the "Rinspeed Chopster" is based on the
platform of a Porsche Cayenne.
The main focus lies on the redesign of the complete roof section as
well as on the conversion to a for this type of vehicle highly
unusual three-door layout. The entire roof line including the A-,
B-, C and D-pillars is lowered by approximately 6 inches (150 mm).
The "chop" requires all glass panels to be redone. The rigidity of
the roof section also has to be recalculated. In for a penny, in for
a pound – while working on these aspects of the conversion Rinspeed
also eliminated the rear doors and designed a true three-door
vehicle. The result is a vehicle dominated by dynamic lines that
give the ‘Chopster’ a stocky and powerful look.
The interior reflects the sporty external appearance. Four
independent bucket seats provide the required lateral support. An
integrated but hidden anti-roll bar protects the passengers. The
interior is upholstered with the finest leather available and
despite its sporty character leaves nothing to be desired in the
comfort category either. Upon customer request special materials
such as carbon or aluminum can be applied throughout the interior.
Also apparent at first glance is the newly designed front with the
big air ducts that gives the ‘Chopster’ its own unique new look. All
four fenders are wider, bigger and designed to harmonize with the
overall appearance of the ‘Chopster.’ Striking new side sills and an
upgraded rear round out the body modifications.
The ‘Rinspeed Chopster’ lives on big feet: 10J x 23 size wheels
fitted with size 305 tires on front and rear axles fill out the
wheel arches perfectly.
Customers who appreciate such extraordinary design usually also
demand improved performance through increased engine power. The
‘Chopster’s’ power plant produces 600 hp of maximum power and almost
800 Nm of peak torque. More than enough for superior driving in any
situation and enough to reach a top speed of 290 km/h. Acceleration
time from rest to 100 km/h is under five seconds.
Exclusivity is also guaranteed by the ‘Chopster’s’ price: Depending
on the ordered options the price ranges from 325,000 to 375,000