The tuning house renowned for garish body kits has actually delivered something classy.
If you told someone 20 years ago that you were into modifying cars, they'd probably imagine you driving a Honda Civic with a big wing and tasteless wheels. These days, the aftermarket tuning scene offers products that are often superior to the OEM equivalent, and more and more people have started modifying high-end cars. Take the Mercedes-Benz S-Class: this massively luxurious German sedan has become a favorite base for companies such as Mansory to "beautify", and we've previously showcased some of its work on the W223 S-Class platform, which most would consider garish, but the company has come back with a new package that actually looks good.
Mansory starts with the exterior, and instead of slapping an entire body kit on the S-Class, it goes for a more subtle approach and offers numerous small carbon-fiber pieces to accentuate its elegant appearance. These styling pieces include carbon-fiber surrounds on the front air intakes, front apron, side skirt, side mirrors, and rear apron. The roof spoiler and tailgate spoiler are also constructed out of carbon fiber. Mansory also builds a custom front apron with or without daytime running lights. Modified luxury sedans are all about the wheels, and Mansory has fitted this example with a set of 22-inch V.6 alloy wheels that are bold, but not too in your face.
In terms of interior styling, the sky's the limit: Mansory has a massive range of leather colors, a ton of carbon fiber bits and pieces, and even custom floor mats and pedal sets. The company also gives its clients the opportunity to make their S-Class machines even faster with the help of ECU tuning and a performance exhaust system. In the S500 this results in a total power output of 526 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque. This allows the big S to sprint to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds (0.6 seconds quicker than the standard car), and go on to a less restricted top speed of 168 mph. Mansory has actually managed to deliver a tasteful package for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class that's not too shouty and over the top. Respect.