Because someone has to tune supercars, and some do it better than others.
The Novitec Group is a series of tuning houses based out of Bavaria, Germany. It's been taking supercars to an even higher level since 1989 when Novitec founder, Wolfgang Hagedorn, started out tuning Fiat and then Alfa Romeo cars. However, it was in 2003 that Novitec planted its flag on the automotive landscape with a Ferrari 360 Modena. The black taillights that featured on the 360 Modena have been a consistent trademark and become iconic in the world of Ferrari tuning.
In 2007, the company moved into tuning Maserati models, then Lamborghini in 2013. Now, along with Ferrari, Maserati, and Lamborghini, Novitec also has a tuning house each for McLaren, Rolls-Royce, and Tesla models.
In the world of Ferrari, the 661 horsepower 599 SA Aperta from 2011 is an incredibly rare bird with only 80 models produced. Even rarer is the Novitec Rosso tuned version, which uses the company's twin-supercharger system to boost the 6.0-liter Ferrari V12 to make an even more brutal 876 hp and 636 lb-ft of torque. That's a mind-bending gain of 215 hp and 178 lb-ft of torque over the factory specs. With the extra power, the Novitec Rosso Ferrari SA Aperta hits 62 mph in just 3.1 seconds and 124 mph in only 9.1 seconds.
The Lamborghini Huracan took the world by storm when it arrived in 2014, and Novitec was immediately on the case. While you can get a more subtle upgrade on your supercar, Novitec has an N-Largo widebody kit that widens it by 4.7 inches, swaps in some carbon fiber parts, lowers it by 1.3 inches on tuned coil-over suspension. The icing on the cake is a high-performance exhaust using Inconel, which is the same material used for Formula One cars.
The engine is the pièce de résistance, though. Novitec has added a supercharger to the 5.2-liter V10 to help it generate a devilish 848 hp and 708 lb-ft of torque. Only 25 are set to be built, making it a rare piece of carbon and metal, too.
The 710 hp McLaren 720S is one of the finest supercars money can buy right now. However, if you would like it in beige and rocking 795 hp and 648 lb-ft, you're out of luck as Novitec has sold all 15 of the eye-wateringly beautiful N-Largo models. As well as serious extra power, the 720S N-Largo is also wearing a wind tunnel-tested carbon fiber widebody kit that adds 2.36 inches of width at the front and 5.1 inches at the rear. It's also lower than stock, running on a custom suspension that drops the 720S by 1.38 inches. According to Novitec, the 720S N-Largo will hit 62 mph in 2.7-seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than from the factory on its way to a top speed of 215 mph.
In reality, Novitec didn't have to do much with the Tesla Model S in terms of power. People will always want more, but if you've experienced the 920 lb-ft of instant torque, then you already know just how stomach-churning the Model S can be off the line. Instead, the tuning company focused on the Model S's shortcomings for something making so much power. They put it in a wind tunnel to develop effective aero components for the body, added electronically adjustable shock absorbers that can be optioned with hydraulic height adjustment. The also added ventilated carbon ceramic brake discs and put the Model S on Vossen wheels and grippy rubber so your stomach can churn the other way when stopping.
The Lamborghini Urus is already one of the most powerful SUVs on the market with 641 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque to scare the kids in the back seat with. Novitec's upgrades can generate as much as 782 hp and 761 lb-ft of torque from the Lamborghini built 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine - that's 130 hp and 132 lb-ft more than it had when leaving the factory in Italy. According to Novitec, it will hit 62 mph in 3.3 seconds rather than the stock version's already quick 3.6 seconds.
As well as extra power, the Novitec Urus also has a custom widebody kit and a naked carbon roof spoiler and rear spoiler. It also rolls on Vossen 23-inch forged wheels available in 72 colors and a choice of smooth, brushed, or polished surfaces.
There is a Novitec Ferrari 488 N-Largo widebody, but the 488 Pista model is a sublime piece of work from the German tuning house. The body upgrades only change the looks discretely, but they affect the aerodynamics dramatically and give the 488 Pista even more of an edge. The suspension is a tuned hydraulic system that also drops the chassis by 1.57 inches, and it sits on staggered 21 and 22-inch forged wheels.
While the twin-turbo 3.9-liter engine is Ferrari's finest V8 to date, Novitec has extracted 791 hp and 662 lb-ft of torque from it, a bump of 80 hp and 94 lb-ft. That gives it a sprint time of 2.7 seconds to 62 mph versus the factory's 2.85 seconds.
We fell in love with the Maserati Ghibli when we drove it, but when faced with the choice, we would simply opt for BMW M5. The Ghibli has one of the best V6 engines around, it's a head-turner, and it's fun to drive, but the factory version lacks the overall performance the Maserati badge suggests. Novitec has fixed that, and while the insane looking wide-bodied Novitec Levante Esteso is the headline grabber, the tuning house's Ghibli is the showstopper.
Its twin-turbo V6 gets a significant bump from the S Q4 model's 424 hp to 494 hp with 487 lb-ft of torque and a 0-62 mph time of 4.4 seconds. The Novitec Ghibli also gets a wind tunnel developed aero package and a stainless steel coilover suspension system.
The Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce is a car for lunatics. Its 740 hp V12 engine is an absolute animal, but Novitec Torado took a look at it and wondered what would happen if they supercharged the Roadster version, got more aggressive with custom carbon fiber components, added KW coilover suspension, upgraded the exhaust, and painted it in the same all-gray paint offered for the Porsche 918 Spyder. Lamborghini made 500 examples of the Aventador SV roadster, which makes a Novitec one spitting out a truly vicious 970 hp is going to be a unicorn.
Novitec isn't generally known for giving cars outlandish looks, but the F12 N-Largo features an ultra-aggressive race-car-inspired widebody conversion kit. Along with the host of smaller aero upgrades, the F12 also has a new roof lip spoiler, carbon fiber airfoil, a five-piece diffuser, and black-tinted taillamps. The 6.3-liter V12 has been upgraded from 731 hp and 508 lb-ft of torque to 781 hp and 532 lb-ft, but despite first seeing it in 2016, the F12 N-Largo is still burned into our mind's eye as a thing of wicked beauty.
We recently put together a list of tuned Rolls-Royce cars but saved the finest of them for this list. Only six of the Dawn Overdose were built, and it's incredible. Not because of the extra 114 hp and 118 lb-ft of twist over the Dawn's standard power of 563 hp and 605 lb-ft of torque, but because of the drop-dead gorgeous carbon-fiber widebody transformation to the droptop Roller that gives it an extra 5.1 inches of width. That's topped off by the 22-inch SPOFEC SP1 wheels created especially for the car and whatever interior embellishments the customer requests.