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This week on AutoGuide.com, a German-built sports car attracted the most attention from readers.
So many of us has been waiting anxiously for Brabus to show the world their Mercedes CLS Rocket successor, and it looks like one enthusiast took matters into their own hands.
Dan Buzdugan did his own rendering of what he thinks the new Brabus Rocket will look like, giving a Brabus style to the entire project. There’s little to no details surrounding the new Rocket, but we’re positive Brabus will improve on their 2005 rendition that featured 720-hp from its 6.3L twin turbo V12 powerplant. At the time it set all sorts of records for a vehicle in its class, including the top speed of a street-legal sedan at 225.2-mph. It won’t be long until we see its successor and we hope it’s worth every minute of the wait.
The complete Black Bison kit will come with an all new front bumper, complete with LED daytime running lights, sport front fenders, side skirts, a rear bumper with LED brake light, exhaust tips, plus a trunk and roof spoiler. You’ll be able to pair the styling package up with available Wald wheels for the new-generation CLS, though we personally wouldn’t go for the ones on the demo car.
Many of Wald’s designs have been misses in the past, but this kit is undoubtedly a hit!
GALLERY: Wald Black Bison Mercedes-Benz CLS
Lorinser has finally sent out previews for their upcoming styling package for the new-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS. There’s never a doubt that Lorinser wouldn’t be offering something for the new CLS, we’re just surprised it took this long - Lorinser originally released sketches over a year ago.
No exact details were released with the photos, but it’s clear to see Lorinser has added a full kit to the CLS, with front and rear bumper changes, side air vents, side skirts and rear boot lid and roof spoilers. For their demo car, Lorinser also gave the CLS a matte gray finish, suspension changes and outfit the CLS with a set of their own wheels.
We’re more excited to see what performance upgrades Lorinser has up their sleeve, so we’ll stay tuned for the official release.
GALLERY: Lorinser Mercedes-Benz CLS
Sure there’s the NEW Mercedes CLS, but let’s not forget about the car that started it all. Without the original we probably wouldn’t have the Panamera, or the A7, or the half-dozen other coupe-style luxury sedans that are rumored to roll out over the next few years.
So as everyone in Orange Country trades in their OMG-thats-so-last-year CLS, the aftermarket continues to churn out some wildly modified versions of the original. Included in that list is MEC Design, which has just unveiled its new styling package for the W219 CLS body, and it’s looking menacing.
Aside from the full matte black wrap, MEC Design has outfitted its CLS with a body kit titled “2Face”. The kit comes with a new front bumper (which includes LED lights), a rear bumper with a carbon fiber “Extreme” diffuser, side skirts with LED lamps, a three-piece trunklid spoiler and a rear window spoiler.
To complement the kit, MEC equipped the CLS with a set of 20-inch mecxtremeIII wheels in a flat black finish. The CLS also receives a lowering module, giving it a more aggressive stance while a stainless exhaust system gives it an all new note – a note that MEC calls “sound version Apocalypse”. Finishing off the exterior modifications are MEC Design’s 2010 grill and LED mirrors covers.
GALLERY: MEC Design Mercedes-Benz CLS
BMW may seem to be a little late to the party with their four-door coupe dubbed the Gran Coupe, but it may just be coming in at the right time to battle it out with Mercedes-Benz‘s updated CLS-Class and Audi‘s A7. While we’ve seen the Gran Coupe concept several times now, these renderings indicate the car’s production is underway.
The style of the Gran Coupe is clear: BMW will draw its inspiration from the current 5-Series body while giving it the sporty-style from a 6-Series front end. The body itself is streamlined and elongated to fit the four-door coupe design we have seen with the popular CLS-Class and Audi’s A7.
More interesting is whether or not BMW will compete in the performance department against Mercedes’ highly touted CLS63 and Audi’s upcoming S7. Perhaps BMW will make an M-variant to their Gran Coupe in due time?
GALLERY: BMW Gran Coupe
[Source: Car & Driver]
Clearly Mercedes-Benz‘s newest CLS is going to be the real hot kid on the block and the aftermarket is well aware of this, jumping on it quicker than we’ve seen in recent years. Wald is the latest tuner committing to the new CLS and it looks like they’ll be bringing their oddly-named Black Bison treatment, giving the CLS an even sportier look.
Like most Black Bison kits, Wald will outfit the new generation CLS with a wider body complete with a new front bumper add-on, side skirts and we’ll assume a rear diffuser. From there, it’s safe to assume that the CLS will receive a lowering module of some sort and will be outfitted with a set of Wald wheels.
Changing the sculpted lines of the new CLS quite a bit, it’s not the most attractive offering but is sure to appeal to some. Perhaps more exciting will be the tuning packages that are sure to follow for the new turbocharged V8 engines.
Mercedes-Benz unveiled its F800 Style concept, representing what the German car maker calls the future of premium cars.
The F800 concept has two variants, a plug-in hybrid with a 272 hp V6 direct injection engine paired with a 109 hp lithium-ion battery powered motor, and a fuel cell-powered 136 hp electric model that produces water vapor as its only emission.
The front end features a variation of the radiator grille with the familiar Mercedes-Benz star centrally positioned. curved air intake openings, curved louvres, wide grille and LED headlamps foreshadow what we may see in future Mercedes-Benz models.
The front doors open in a conventional manner but the rear doors slide backward, suspended from an interior swivel arm to allow easier access in tight parking spaces (which would be particularly useful in the cramped parking lot here at the Geneva Palexpo.)
Other features include some new technology such as Distronic Plus Traffic Jam Assistant, which essentially takes active cruise control to a new level by steering the car at speeds below 25 mph. There’s also an advanced Pre-Safe 360-degree system that works to detect rear-impacts and prevent a rear-impact from pushing you into another car in front.
Gallery: Mercedes-Benz F800 Style
Ahead of its debut at the Geneva Auto Show in just over a week’s time, Mercedes has unwrapped the F800 Style concept, which was foreshadowed in the Design Concept sculpture at the Detroit show. While Mercedes has released pages upon pages of dry reading about the possible future powerplants that an F800 production model could get, we’re more interested in its design. After all, what you’re looking at is likely to be a very close representation of what the second generation CLS will look like.
For those who even feign interest in concept car engines and the far-off possibility that we’ll all be driving around in emissions-free vehicles any time soon, the F800 can be equipped with two different engines and yes, one is a fuel-cell version. The second is a more realistic alternative; essentially the same setup found in the S400 hybrid, but with a plug-in feature. It uses a V6 gasoline engine, an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack to deliver 18 miles of emissions-free driving. It also makes 400-hp, which is quite an increase from the s400′s 295-hp rating.
Other highlights include some new technology, like Distronic Plus Traffic Jam Assistant, which essentially takes active cruise control to a new level by steering the car at speeds below 25 mph. (Very cool)! There’s also an advanced Pre-Safe 360-degree system that works to detect rear-impacts and prevent a rear-impact from pushing you into another car in front.
We’ll bring you more on the F800 concept with live Geneva Auto Show coverage starting March 1st.
GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz F800 Concept
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