• Jul 24th 2008 at 4:02PM
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We usually try and reserve judgment when it comes to aftermarket styling packages. After all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and different people prefer different styles. In this case, however, we have to take exception with this body kit from Wald. First the name - Black Bison Edition? We can understand the metaphor of a prancing horse or a raging bull, but this one just doesn't make sense. And the actual body kit? The massive rear wing on a Mercedes-Benz screams boy racer, and the excessive vents don't go very well with subtle German styling. The only redemption are the semi-attractive two-tone wheels. We'll have to pass on this one...

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Seriously, this bling ricer tuner company needs to move down market to Civics.
      • 7 Years Ago
      if it's functional, i'll deal with it.

      otherwise, get it off the car.
        • 7 Years Ago
        functional or not it is ugly.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It is completely out of place aesthetically...

        But I have always wondered, don't roof-edge spoilers, like this car and other "tuned" sedans sometimes have, actually disturb the laminar boundary layer of airflow, and separate it from the surface of the back glass? It would theoretically be a tumble generator, and a true "spoiler", creating air vortices in the area behind the rear glass, above the trunk, raising the ambient air pressure in that area, and lowering aerodynamic drag. A similar principle to having a spoiler on the trailing edge of the trunk lid to generate vortices behind the vehicle.

        The thing is, employing an inverse airfoil wing behind such a vortex generator, doesn't that lessen any high velocity linear aerodynamic flow over that airfoil, rendering it pretty much extra weight?

        Either leaving the roof spoiler off, or employing some sort of laminar flow aid (like the 2007 WRX STI's odd wing at the top of the rear glass) that would keep the laminar flow attached to the rear glass, and channeling that flow under and over that rear wing surface would optimize the inverse lift of the inverted wing. Velocity differential is how wings work, so I would think smooth high velocity flow would be desireable. Not crazy vortices.

        But that assumes that there are actual aerodynamic forces being planned for this car, and that this isn't just an excercise in fashion, rather than 'fast'. Chances are, it is for looks, and looks alone.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It reminds me of something like this car in this comic:


      Ugly and overworked!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Damn and I thought Mansory did some ass-ugly work.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As I was casually scrolling down autoblog I saw this pic briefly and was thinking to myself "interesting looking sti". Then I actually read the post and threw up a little in my mouth. Looks like a sti and mb had 1 too many cocktails last night...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Kudos for creating the ugliest Mercedes ever. Wel, not quite. Paint it in chrome and you're set.

      Anyway, regarding the Superbird/Daytona: Although the rear wing on those two cars was about three times as big, it looked better AND contributed to performance on track. Plus, it wasn't just slapped on the back of the car, it's angle was adjustable.
      And it actually fit the car.

      None of these arguments in any way go for the poor C-Class that was raped with that so called styling package.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Absolutely garish. Anyone old enough to vote should be laughing at such a ridiculous design.

      And wings should be outlawed for street use.
      • 7 Years Ago
      wtf happened with wald? the kits they had for the w202 and w203 were actually pretty clean
      • 7 Years Ago
      even the Civic guys are laughing!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Will it blend?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Don't be a queer and take it our of context...

        That being said, "WALD smoke, don't breathe [or buy] this."
        • 7 Years Ago
        Think he was referring to this:

        • 7 Years Ago
        No, absolutely not. Nothing on there blends. At all.The saddest thing about this is that someone, somewhere, found this car to be attractive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      When i first saw this I thought it was a modified Mazda
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wald, I dont need an explanation..... Just say you're sorry and go to your room....
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