Next-Gen Mercedes CLS Previewed in Lorinser Sketch?

Next-Gen Mercedes CLS Previewed in Lorinser Sketch?
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Lorinser just sent us a “first glance” at what the German tuner’s program for the next-generation Mercedes CLS might look like. This immediately stuck us as strange, as it’s rather hard to design an aero it for a car when you don’t even know what it looks like in the first place.

That got us thinking: perhaps the designers at Lorinser do know exactly what the next-gen CLS looks like. It’s no surprise that German tuning firms and automakers often have close working relationships, with many of the tuning folks having formerly worked at the OEMs. So we decided to ask our source at Lorinser who responded by saying that “officially” the Lorinser designers haven’t seen that CLS, but that numerous spy photos inspired the design. He also added that Lorinser is just a stones throw away from the Mercedes factory in Untertuerkheim, which is near the company’s headquarters in Stuttgart.

With the CLS set to debut either later this year at the Paris Auto Show or early next year in Geneva, we’ll find out then exactly how close the ties between Lorinser and Mercedes are.

Find out more about the Lorinser CLS design after the jump:

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Sports dress for the next generation Mercedes CLS –

Lorinser grants a first glance at its designer version.

The new Mercedes CLS-class will be available for delivery to customers in 2011. Sport-Service Lorinser, the recognised specialist for Mercedes refining, is already working on options to individualise technology and design, far in advance of the market introduction. A well thought out concept is necessary to provide the four-door sports-limousine with a stylish and cutting edge profile. This requires a lot of experience, because upgrading a vehicle that is not yet for sale can be quite difficult – but not for the well trained Lorinser personnel.

„We will distribute our tuning-version globally in 45 countries, therefore a sophisticated body-design is required.“, explained Marcus Lorinser, owner of Sportservice Lorinser. The Lorinser-interpretation emphasises the sportive features with strikingly impressive innovation. Large air intake grills characterise the distinctive appearance of the front-end and enable an optimal fresh air supply to engine and brakes. The extended fenders not only enhance the masculine appearance of the car, but also provide space for the 21-inch light-alloy wheels.

But not only the styling will be optimised: Chassis, engine and interior is also upgraded at Lorinser-manufacturing. Featuring these upgrades, the Lorinser-CLS will advance to „eye candy“ on the luxury boulevards of all major cities.