Hooniverse Asks- What Car or Truck Actually Looks Good With a Factory Body Kit?

It goes without saying that, almost without exception, aftermarket body kits detract from the overall appearance of the cars to which they are applied, at the same time that they express the unique individuality of their owners/appliers. Seriously, it’s like adding a mustache to the Mona Lisa, or putting clothes on Kate Upton.
But what about factory body kits? You know there have been a ton of them, do they do a better job, tarting up their respective cars, seeing as they come from the company that designed the car in the first place? I’m going to say that’s more the exception rather than the rule, and my thoughts around this were first formed when following a GMC Acadia on a recent drive home, one that had a factory – or at least dealer – applied body kit, which was hideous.
In fact, I’m having  hard time deciding if there has ever been a factory body kit that has been good looking. I need your help in finding if such a creature exists. What do you think has been a car or truck that actually looks good with a factory body kit?
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  1. Vavon Avatar

    Obvious answer is obvious: Peugeot 205 GTI and Renault 5 Turbo 2.
    <img src="http://www.larevueautomobile.com/images/Peugeot/205-GTI/Exterieur/Peugeot_205_GTI_002.jpg&quot; width="640/"><img src="http://www.lrm-collection.fr/Photo_big_Renault_5-turbo-2_1983_2159_4.jpg&quot; width="640/">

  2. frankthecat Avatar

    <img src="https://i.imgur.com/vgQ97Nd.jpg&quot; width="600">
    Alfa Romeo released a limited edition version of the 75 in the UK only, with the "Veloce" body kit, which is by far my favorite look for this car.

  3. Maymar Avatar

    <img src="https://h-a.d-cd.net/2e83c3u-960.jpg&quot; width=500 /img>
    Can we grandfather the Hammer into being a factory body kit?

    1. skitter Avatar

      But even the Hammer can't touch this:
      <img src="http://i615.photobucket.com/albums/tt237/jskitter/hooniverse/evo2_seiteli_01_zpskkkoliic.jpg&quot; width=512>

      1. Maymar Avatar

        That wing shouldn't work, but it does.

      2. Kiefmo Avatar

        My my my my…

    2. Rover_1 Avatar

      Early first model W124, rubbing strips to doors, unpainted bumpers.'86,'87
      <img src="http://www.curbsideclassic.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Mercedes-W124-aero.jpg&quot; width="400">
      Second series W124, plastic cladding to doors and sill, matching but different colour to bumpers.10% lower drag. Bumper insert bump strips unpainted.
      <img src="http://www.benzworld.org/forums/attachments/w124-e-ce-d-td-class/380380d1307764384-any-good-w124s-mb-pictures-garage-benzes.jpg&quot; width="400">
      <img src="http://paultan.org/images.paultan.org/uploads/2007/04/w124.jpg"width="400"&gt;

    1. Alan Cesar Avatar
      Alan Cesar


      1. dukeisduke Avatar

        Smoke *all* the tires!

  4. PotbellyJoe ★★★★★ Avatar
    PotbellyJoe ★★★★★

    3rd Gen Toyota 4Runner basically needed the body kit.
    Here it is without:
    <img src="http://cimg.carsforsale.com/478828/24E7CF4F-8CA0-4965-B12A-0C7F7DF27375_1.jpg&quot; width="500/">
    Here with:
    <img src="http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y207/puravida417/2002 Toyota 4runner Sport 4×4/IMG_0047.jpg" width="500/">
    (As the 1994 Ford Lightning only had a front valence for a "body kit" I'll save my ultimate bias for another day.)

    1. Alan Cesar Avatar
      Alan Cesar

      Hideous both ways.

      1. PotbellyJoe ★★★★★ Avatar
        PotbellyJoe ★★★★★

        Opinion every way.

    2. Ol Shel Avatar
      Ol Shel

      The base truck just needed the big wheels and tires. Wheels make the vehicle.

  5. GTXcellent Avatar

    The SRT line does a very nice job as the kits are subtle. Nothing gaudy and atrocious.
    <img src="http://www.autosspecs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/jeep-grand-cherokee-2012-2.jpg&quot; width="300"> <img src="http://newcarreleased.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2014-chrysler-300-srt8-white.jpg&quot; width="300"> even back to the old SRT Rams<img src="http://images.thecarconnection.com/med/2004-dodge-ram-srt-10-srt-10_100030445_m.jpg&quot; width="300">

    1. FrumpyBF Avatar

      I don't mean to offend, but there has never been a spoiler on a pickup that was not gaudy and atrocious.

  6. Kiefmo Avatar

    I've always thought the IROC treatment was pretty well integrated.
    <img src="http://exporg.com/asset/iroc-z-camaro.jpg&quot; width="700px"/>

  7. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    3rd-gen Camaro (Firebirds, too – I love me some GTA)
    <img src="https://autopolis.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/1992rs.jpg"width=500&gt;

    1. Kiefmo Avatar

      Great minds.
      And you have the same amount of "p" as me.
      Are you my doppleganger? Or am I yours?
      I need a drink.

      1. PotbellyJoe ★★★★★ Avatar
        PotbellyJoe ★★★★★

        HoonBalls – "I see your P is as big as mine."

      2. smalleyxb122 Avatar

        The time stamp says that you beat me by six minutes, but I assure you that your post wasn't there when I composed mine. There's no way that I spent 6 minutes looking at 3rd-Gen F bodies as I waded through Google image results, right?

    2. salguod Avatar

      I agree about the Camaro, but prefer the scoop-less version above.

  8. JeepFiend Avatar

    My wifes' UK MkII Ford Mondeo Zetec S – Ford fitted the ST24 bodykit to the last few made to use them up! We loved the look when we bought it & still do! Sorry – no image.

    1. smalleyxb122 Avatar

      That's close to what we got here as the Contour SVT.
      <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e5/Ford-SVT-Contour.jpg"width=500&gt;

  9. geistkoenig Avatar

    Are we talking just a factory-optional body kit that was applied to a model, or a submodel that wore modified bodywork?
    <img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v620/garymorgan/cars/M3photoshoot161.jpg&quot; width="720">
    Any M3 works well under this definition.

  10. Kiefmo Avatar

    It wasn't much of a looker when it first came out, and it still wasn't much of a looker with the street-oriented "SC" appearance package, but I think it was surely improved.
    <img src="http://www.allcarz.ru/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/foto-honda-element_01.jpg&quot; width="700px"/>

    1. PotbellyJoe ★★★★★ Avatar
      PotbellyJoe ★★★★★

      I agree. I didn't dislike the Krom edition of the Cube as much as the standard Cube, either.

      1. Tiller188 Avatar

        "The Nissan Cube, Krom edition — when you're a lonely road warrior surrounded by hordes of traffic, it's the answer to your prayers."
        <img src="https://thunderclam.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/conan-the-barbarian_screengrab_conan-praying-to-crom.jpg&quot;, width="500">
        [After some Google image searching: ooh, OK. I see what you did there, Nissan.]

  11. lost_and_found Avatar

    Can I nominate my daily driver? I really like the body kits on the C36 AMG.
    <img src="http://mbworld.org/forums/attachments/mercedes-vehicles/218324d1316192500-1997-mercedes-benz-c36-amg-img_20110710_092602.jpg&quot; width="600">

  12. smalleyxb122 Avatar

    Since I (and Kiefmo) already nominated the F-body, I'll give a shout out to the Fox. The F-body looked better with the body kit than without. The Fox Mustang looked good enough in LX trim, so I hesitate to say that the GT looks better, but the question isn't what looks better with the factory body kit, just what looks good with it, and the GT looks good.
    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/72/Mustang_5.0_T-top.jpg/800px-Mustang_5.0_T-top.jpg&quot; width="500/">

    1. salguod Avatar

      Never liked this GT body kit. The scoops were too much and not well integrated, in my view.
      I prefer this one:
      <img src="http://s.hswstatic.com/gif/1979-1980-1981-ford-mustang-17.jpg&quot; width=600>

    1. FЯeeMan Avatar

      Is a lengthened roof line considered a body kit?

      1. pj134 Avatar

        Naw but new bumper and hood are. I think this had a little extra over the regular nip/tuck the V's got though.

  13. Alff Avatar

    I'm not even sure it looks good but it does get the point across…
    <img src="http://preview.netcarshow.com/Dodge-Charger_Daytona-1969-1024-02.jpg"width=500&gt;

    1. Drzhivago138 Avatar

      Is that (and its brother the Plymouth Superbird) the longest front overhang of any production car?

  14. bjarnetv Avatar

    renault super 5 GTT and GTE
    <img src="http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6178/6186518744_fb209151d0_o.jpg?width=1024&height=770&quot; width="600">

  15. Manic_King Avatar

    Thats not an M5 but 5-series something with factory body kit
    <img src="http://www.carsbase.com/photo/BMW-5_series_E39_mp2_pic_68105.jpg"&gt;

    1. Rust-MyEnemy Avatar

      Lose the black kidney grille and M6 style wheels and we'll talk.

  16. karonetwentyc Avatar

    Since the Peugeot 205 and both iterations of the Renault 5 Turbo are taken, I'm nominating the Renault Alliance GTA. For comparison, here's a standard Alliance 2-door:
    <img src="https://i.imgur.com/WHtBLDj.jpg&quot; width="500/">
    And here's the GTA convertible (had a hard time finding a decent picture of the hardtop):
    <img src="https://i.imgur.com/mjI3lBy.jpg&quot; width="500/">
    The differences aren't night and day, but it's enough to change the character of the car with some very minor tweaking to the overall shape.

    1. cosme Avatar

      let's have look on the factory build Renault 11 Turbo Zender!
      <img src="http://voitures.renault.free.fr/albums/1983_-_R11/grise_RENAULT-11-turbo-zender-3959.jpg&quot; width="600">

  17. Stu_Rock Avatar

    GM sure has done a lot of body kits, and most were pretty awful. Some were still lovable for their quirkiness like the Eurosport VR. Many were not (pretty much all the Pontiacs made in my lifetime). Perhaps because of the sheer numbers, some GM body kits were actually pretty good. I always liked the Cutlass Ciera International Edition:
    <img src="http://static.cargurus.com/images/site/2014/03/22/21/36/1986_oldsmobile_cutlass_ciera-pic-4446453973752638418.jpeg&quot; width=512>
    Also from Oldsmobile, the Ninety-Eight was a pretty classy design:
    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6a/91-96_Oldsmobile_98.jpg&quot; width=511>

    1. salguod Avatar

      I'm with you on the Sierra, but that Ninety Eight is awful.
      The LSS, on the other hand:
      <img src="http://www.all-carz.com/data_images/oldsmobile-lss/oldsmobile-lss-11.jpg"&gt;

  18. mike Avatar

    The standard 2-door Fiat 131
    <img src="https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2704/4381801534_d2d4db9199_b.jpg&quot; width="600">
    and the awesome 131 Abarth
    <img src="http://i.imgur.com/hSYt0jt.jpg&quot; width="600">
    Now if only they did they same with this…
    <img src="http://img7.autonavigator.ru/carsfoto/1280/8767/121214/Fiat_131_Wagon_1974.jpg&quot; width="600">

  19. 1977chevytruck Avatar

    Biased answer:
    <img src="http://www.autodetective.com/_upload/photos/ford/taurus/1990/13707.jpg&quot; width="600">
    <img src="http://www.01autoinsurance.com/images/fraud/1990-ford-taurus.jpg&quot; width="600">
    Subtle, but it works.

  20. Manic_King Avatar

    <img src="http://www.saab-blog.com/images/189.jpg&quot; width="666">

    1. cosme Avatar

      I love the HSV GTS bodykit on the monaro!
      <img src="http://www.hsv.com.au/images/cars/VY2/CoupeGTS.jpg&quot; width="600">

  21. neight428 Avatar

    Hard to isolate the impact of the body kit with all of the aesthetic awesomeness spewing forth from the hood bird and shaker, but:
    Firebird Esprit:
    <img src="http://jimsuva.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f3b4d1c3970b017d401bc523970c-pi&quot; width="600">
    Trans Am:
    <img src="http://www.motorera.com/firebird/1978/78transam5.jpg"&gt;

  22. datsunofmine Avatar

    The last gen ford probes look downright awful in non GT form.

  23. ellande Avatar

    It has to be the Mercedes 190e 2.5 (or if you have to 2.3) 16v 'Cosworth'. My father owned one from new until 2011 when we sadly sold it. I really do think that the 'modifications' are rather tasteful.
    <img src="IMAGE URL" width="600">
    <img src="IMAGE URL" width="600">