The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has as always been the epitome of elegance. The carmaker says it and proved it time and again. The flagship sedan holds just the right proportions, equipment, performance, and stance to tick all the boxes in what the Europeans call ‘the premium segment.’ But now German tuning house Mariani comes up with a new approach.
The sedan holds a special place in the hearts of those who treasure luxury and comfort. It’s because of the way it looks and the way it drives. But Mariani Car Styling came up with a fierce look. The team deleted all chrome the S-Class rolled off the assembly line with.
They did not interfere with the engine. So the S 580 4MATIC still benefits from the presence of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 in its stock version within an all-wheel drive setup. 510 PS (503 HP) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque propel it from a standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.1 seconds and it can hit 200 km/h (124 mph) in 18.2 seconds.
Mariani fitted the model with a new exhaust system with stainless steel downpipes and adjustable butterfly valves, specifically designed for this version. The driver can thus control how much of that dramatic V8 soundtrack goes out. You don’t need to take that for granted. The video below will prove it.
They replaced the stock wheels with twin five-spoke units in 22 inches with a black finish. 21-inch wheels are also available.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W223) now rides low due to a kit installed on the E-Active Body Control air suspension, that can bring it between 30 and 55 millimeters closer to the ground. The move lowers the gravity center and provides the car with improved cornering capabilities.
This and the murdered-out look make it fierce on the road. That’s an intimidating sight that you don’t really want to see in your rearview mirror. Otherwise, it is a pleasure to look at it.