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 |  Jan 19 2012, 9:00 PM

Japanese tuning firm Wald International has put its mark on the Porsche Panamera. After the Wald application, this Porsche is sporting the “Black Bison” treatment, which includes some tweaks in the style and performance departments.

The four-door coupe is now clad in a new carbon fiber kit that comes with a host of cool additions. Just a few include a new front fascia with sculpted air intakes, front fender air vents, a rear diffuser, a boot lid spoiler and rocker panels.

But Wald International’s Black Bison makeover doesn’t stop there. The Panamera also boasts two-tone, five-spoke lightweight alloy rims and the firm’s signature custom tail pipes. Finishing the package, Wald’s installed a lowered suspension system that brings it closer to the road and a set of bespoke floor mats.

Check out the full complement of Porsche Panamera pics after the jump.

GALLERY: Porsche Panamera Wald International


 |  Nov 29 2011, 12:45 PM


Typically we’ve been having to present official Wald Black Bison vehicles sporting Wald wheels and other Wald goods, hardly ever do we get to spot a full Wald Black Bison vehicle sporting someone else’s wheels. This time around, to show off Wald’s new Black Bison kit for the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, we decided to give the spotlight to Need 4 Speed Motorsports that put together this beauty.

In typical fashion, Wald’s Black Bison kit transforms the S63 AMG to a much sportier and more aggressive vehicle, while maintaining the class and style Mercedes is known for from the factory. Instead of outfitting the S63 AMG with a set of Wald wheels however, Need 4 Speed Motorsports turned to Vossen’s CV-1 wheels in a 21-inch sizing. To round it all off, Need 4 Speed also equipped the S63 with a lowering package and air suspension.

What do you guys think? Nice to see a full Wald Black Bison car sporting someone else’s wheels eh?

GALLERY: Wald Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Black Bison


[Source: GT Spirit]

 |  Aug 10 2011, 11:10 AM


Back in March, Wald previewed its Black Bison package for the newly-revamped Mercedes CLS, and now we can feast our eyes on official photos of the finish product.

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

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 |  Mar 29 2011, 7:59 PM


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.

 |  Mar 05 2011, 9:14 AM


Hot on the heels of their Tokyo Auto Salon showing, Wald International has released a Black Bison Edition styling package for one of Japan’s top luxury sedans, the LS series from Lexus. To show off their new kit, Wald chose to use an LS600h as their demo vehicle, but promises that the Black Bison Edition is compatible with the LS460 and even the LS long wheelbase model.

Similar to all their other Black Bison Edition vehicles, the Lexus LS600h sports a full body kit which includes a new front bumper, blacked out grille, new fenders, side skirts, roof and trunk spoiler, and rear bumper equipped with a new diffuser. Playing tribute to Lexus’ IS-F is a stacked quad-tipped exhaust system with a design similar to the factory IS-F’s unit.

Wald chose to outfit their Lexus LS600h with a set of their own Mahor wheels, which are available in a variety of widths in a 22-inch and 24-inch variety. No pricing has been announced for the Black Bison Edition Lexus LS package.

GALLERY: Wald International Lexus LS600h Black Bison Edition

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 |  Feb 25 2011, 3:54 PM


Wald International has continued their rapid development and release of Black Bison tuning packages with the Maserati Quattroporte being their latest subject. And while there aren’t any real significant surprises in terms of the body kit and wheels Wald International outfitted on the Maserati Quattroporte, we’re a little more excited at the fact that the Japanese tuner is focusing more on Italian offerings as well.

Like all the other Black Bison packages we’ve already visited before, the Quattroporte sports an all new front bumper, side skirts and rear bumper. In addition, the front bumper sports a carbon fiber front lip while the rear is also equipped with a carbon fiber diffuser. The trunk spoiler is a subtle lip that fits its new home quite nicely.

And no modified luxury sedan would be complete without a new exhaust system, suspension upgrades to lower the vehicle and a set of fitting wheels.

[Source: Wald International]

GALLERY: Wald International Black Bison Maserati Quattroporte

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 |  Jan 29 2011, 2:42 PM


There are very few, if any, vehicles in this world that can fall in the same category as Rolls-Royce‘s Phantom. Then you take an Extended Wheelbase version for extra luxury and comfort, team up with luxury-specialist Wald International, and you have yourself a luxury sedan that is simply peerless.

Continuing on their trend of releasing luxury-themed customs, Wald International has named this package as part of the company’s Sports Line ‘Black Bison’ Edition. Simply stated, it takes what Rolls-Royce has built with the Extended Wheelbase Phantom and adds another level of sportiness and luxury to the exterior package.

The front bumper, side skirts and extended rear bumper noticeably give the Phantom a whole new profile, while front fender vents, LED daytime lights and a trunk-spoiler give the entire body a little more panache. For this particular project, Wald International opted to bolt on a set of 24-inch Renovatio wheels to each corner of the Phantom.

Tacky by some accounts, if you’re looking for added exclusivity, Wald delivers.

GALLERY: Wald International Rolls-Royce Phantom EW

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 |  Dec 03 2010, 10:50 AM

Wald International, a famed VIP-themed Japanese tuner, has turned their attention to British’s finest luxury sedan the Rolls-Royce Phantom. Wald didn’t stop at just an ordinary Phantom however, they decided to release their newest Sports Line Black Bison Edition kit for the Phantom EWB – the extended wheelbase model.

With how popular Rolls-Royce’s Phantom is becoming worldwide, including the emerging Chinese market, it’s no surprise that Wald has made the ultra-luxury even more luxurious. The above is simply a render, and not an actual photo, but it looks like Wald will be adding a little bit of sport to the Phantom’s overall bold yet tame styling. A new front bumper, side skirts and we’ll assume rear bumper is clearly in the works. Wald did decide to pair their Phantom EWB render with a set of 24-inch wheels. Considering how easy it would be for a tuner to ruin a Rolls, we’re impressed with what Wald is planning for the car.

Wald International will be debuting their actual Rolls-Royce Phantom EWB to the public at the 2011 Tokyo Auto Salon and will be sure to be there to cover it.

 |  Sep 19 2010, 9:36 AM


With Bentley’s release of the 2011 Continental GT, one can safely assume that a refresh on the Flying Spur is around the corner. So if you’re one of those owners “stuck” with the current generation Flying Spur and don’t want to look out-of-date when Bentley inevitably releases the new generation, Wald International has released their Black Bison styling package for you.

Even though Wald International is mostly known for their subtle, yet clean, lip kits – especially on luxury cars – their Black Bison line offers a more aggressive look. It comes with full front and rear bumper replacements, new side skirts and spoilers for the trunk and windows visors. The front bumper is outfitted with LED running lights and larger opening vents, giving it quite the aggressive style.

We’ve actually thought that the Flying Spur’s styling has been outdated for quite some time now, especially when its luxury sedan counterparts (Porsche Panamera) sweeping in. But Wald’s rendition is luxurious, yet sporty and we wouldn’t mind being stuck with it if we really had to.

GALLERY: Wald International Black Bison Bentley Continental Flying Spur

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 |  Aug 09 2010, 11:14 PM


The world of tuning hybrids has really evolved in a short period of time. The good looks of the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius have really captured the Japanese aftermarket. We saw it first hand at the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon, where the overwhelming amount of customized hybrids caught us by surprise.

Wald International has built a reputation over the years as one of Japan’s premiere manufacturers of high quality styling kits. Mostly geared towards luxury sedans and the entire VIP movement, Wald has now taken a different approach by teasing an upcoming kit for the Toyota Prius. Yep, even Wald is getting their hands dirty with the hybrids.

We’ve only been treated with a single photo of the kit, but we’re already digging it. Instead of changing the entire look of the car and messing with the Prius’ drag coefficient bod, Wald took a conservative approach, adding flair to the front bumper while maintaining a majority of the stock look. We particularly like the side skirts which are a perfect fit to the Prius’ body. We’re curious to see how the rear of the project is shaping up; we’ll be sure to report when we get a full release and pricing on the package.

 |  May 19 2010, 3:57 PM


Wald International is one of Japan’s premier tuner of high-end automobile brands. But as of the last recent years their brand name has lost some of its luster – strangely as the brand has also increased in popularity on this side of the Pacific. So when we got word that Wald would be showcasing a new wheel we were anxious and had high hopes. Well, the Germania G21 wheels are here and we have to admit, we’re a little underwhelmed.

Wald chose to use their Black Bison edition Mercedes-Benz E-Classes to display the new 21-inch wheel. Almost all of Wald’s wheels feature bold and in-your-face designs while maintaining a classy and refined style to them. They were always “just enough” without going “over the top”. But the new Germania G21 seems to lack a lot of depth. Sure we’re well aware that many manufacturers are turning towards a monoblock/one-piece style for cost savings, but having absolutely no concave or depth to the wheels really throws it off. We couldn’t help but think some of these photos were bad Photochops given how flat the face of the wheel is.

We like the chrome with contrasting black finish on the spokes, but overall the design of the wheel leaves a bit more to be desired. But hey, at least the two modified E-Classes make for great eye-candy.

GALLERY: Wald Germania G21 Wheels on Black Bison Mercedes E-Class


[Source: WorldCarFans]

 |  Jan 14 2010, 11:13 PM


Over the years Wald International has solidified itself as one of the premiere tuners of luxury vehicles in Japan. Recently the company has expanded its line of styling products to include European vehicles, most noticeably those from Mercedes-Benz and BMW. A trio of Lexus vehicles, a Nissan GT-R, a pair of Mercedes and a BMW 5-Series made for one of the more prominent booths at the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon.

Known for more outlandish designs, WALD has had success in North America with Mercedes products, due to the more urban style of the parts, which are also high quality and significantly less expensive than parts from German competitors.

We’re used to seeing WALD parts on luxury sedans like the 5 Series and Lexus LS, but we were really taken aback by the wild kit WALD offers for the Lexus RX crossover.

GALLERY: WALD International at the Tokyo Auto Salon