Geneva Motor Show 2014: the tuners
This year’s modded cars in a chrome-wrapped, diamanté-encrusted carbon fibre extravaganza
Posted: 06 Mar 2014
Carlsson CS50 Versailles
If there’s one tuning company with the midas touch it’s Carlsson. Aiming to harness the cash of China’s ultra-wealthy ‘Taipan’ clients, the tuning company has decided to decorate the new Mercedes S-Class in solid gold. Inside and out.
Why? As tribute to the French aristocratic way of life, apparently.
We’re told production is limited edition to 25 S-Classes, each of which can be stuffed with as much as 700bhp.
To make your Merc into a rolling bullion takes 200 man-hours, with more than 1,000 sheets of real wafer-thin gold leaf applied. That’s just for the outside. Inside requires another 100 man-hours to cover 278 parts – including the centre console, dash knobs, air vents and speaker grilles – with more gold.