Vorsteiner showed us this Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG package last year and everyone agreed it looked just about awesome. Now, they’re showing us the result of a more ample photoshoot and, guess what, our minds haven’t changed one bit about the car.
A lot of people loathe tuners. Well, you can’t really blame them when you see so many beautiful and tasteful cars being slaughtered by somebody who most definitely thinks track suit pants and a tank top is an outfit suitable for any occasion. Luckily, there still are respectable tuning houses that do justice to this automotive field and Vorsteiner is one of them.
The American tuner felt the performance of the CLS63 AMG was good enough for the transformation they had in mind for the outside of the car so the technical bits remain the same: 5.5 litre twin-turbocharged V8 developing a whooping 525 bhp and 700 Nm – enough for a 0-100 km/h sprint of 4.4 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h.
Vorsteiner could have gone further and taken a CLS63 AMG S-Model 4MATIC which adds 60 bhp and 100 Nm good for a 3.6 seconds 0-100 km/h sprint but, for some reason, they opted against it. I doubt anyone is going to complain about the lack of power, though.
So we’re talking about aesthetic changes, then. I’ll start from the front and move towards the rear. Vorsteiner integrated a new carbon fiber splitter into the original AMG bumper that doesn’t just make any sidewalk kerb seem that much more menacing, but it also improves frontal downforce. Slightly.
Further back you’ll see a brand new carbon fiber rear diffuser finished in a shiny acrylic resin which, just like its frontal counterpart, helps by generating that little more downforce. As does the carbon fiber bootlid spoiler.
You might argue it’s not much and I’d tend to agree with you but after all is said and done, what really matters is the end result. And that is something nobody can argue: a thing of beauty. What’s left to interpretation is how much credit goes to Vorsteiner, and how much to the Mercedes designers…
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