If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Mercedes-Benz should be pleased that their sleek CLS (C219) four-door coupe of 2004 inspired the A7, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe and VW Passat CC. Along with the second generation CLS these cars collectively represent the four-door coupe genre today. While the sleek appearance of the original
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Mercedes-Benz should be pleased that their sleek CLS (C219) four-door coupe of 2004 inspired the A7, BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe and VW Passat CC. Along with the second generation CLS these cars collectively represent the four-door coupe genre today.
While the sleek appearance of the original CLS gave it almost feminine charm, the second generation CLS (C218) wears a more sculpted and muscular look. With this more aggressive look as a starting point, German tuner M&D exclusive cardesign took the CLS 500 variant (not the CLS 63 AMG) and turned it into a serious grade mean machine. While we’re not too sure about the “Stealth” name indicated by the tuner for this upgrade but it would definitely attract more attention to passer-by.
The modifications began with the PD550 Black Edition body kit, which consists of a new front bumper featuring CLS 63 AMG driving lights. Air intakes were added to the bonnet, and new front wings, side skirts, rear bumper with integrated diffuser and a boot lid spoiler complete the bodywork conversion.
The rear diffuser is flanked by the quad exhaust tailpipes from the C63 AMG Coupe Black Series. These were black powder coated and attached to the modified OE exhaust system.
Attention grabbing is an understated way of describing the spectacular bespoke foil wrap finish that mimics the US military style with its disruptive camouflage designed to break up the perceived size and shape of an object, herein the car itself.
This ‘Stealth’ wrapping uses a matt white base, on top of which angular elements in Matt Charcoal and Matt Black are combined to form an effective Urban Camouflage. However, to add a further effective visual illusion, it does not matter that the low-key effect is undermined by bright orange accents that jump out from the monochromatic background.
To fill out the wheel arches, M&D exclusive cardesign fitted their two-piece Rennen Forged RL17 forged alloy wheels in 9.0×20 and 10.5×20-inch sizes, shod with 245/30R20 and 295/25R20 Hankook Ventus S1 Evo tyres.
The spokes of these wheels are left and right handed according to rotational direction, and the rim surface features a brushed alloy texture with a unique ‘Smoke’ paint finish.
The final contributor to the cars low and purposeful stance is the M&D exclusive cardesign Airmatic suspension electronic lowering module.
Continuing the theme started by the starkly contrasting orange highlights on the bodywork, the big Brembo brake calipers are painted in Lamborghini metallic orange, and appear to glow behind the dark wheel spokes.
The deep bass sounding V8 growl escaping from the Black Series tailpipes originates from the bi-turbo 4.7 litre engine. Here the tuner adds their touch with a two-tone engine cover, in graphite grey / Lamborghini Orange metallic that servers as an indication that the engine is hardly standard.
Custom ECU tuning by M & D exclusive cardesign takes the stock bi-turbo 4.7-liter V8 engine 408 hp output to a rousing 498 hp, and with the torque curve growing from 600 Nm to around 740 Nm. And the removal of the factory 250 km/h top speed limiter is part of this ECU remapping.
The Mercedes-Benz CLS started the whole four-door coupe concept amongst the premium car segment. Showing that it’s still an attractive car and popular with the tuner till today, the CLS definitely is still going strong especially when you have tuners like M&D exclusive cardesign turning the car into an extrovert broad tuning package.
The tuners are far from having reached the end of their developments for the CLS and we hope to see newer tuning packages soon especially with the Geneva Motor Show being just around the corner, so stay tuned!
Lastly, if you’re interested with this particular CLS 500, yes, the car being featured here, M&D exclusive cardesign is selling it off. But you better hurry!