• Sep 22nd 2009 at 6:27PM
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Lorinser SLS AMG Gullwing Rendering - click above image for hi-res gallery

Much of the discussion in Frankfurt centered on our personal "best of show" car. Going into the show, it would have been pretty safe to assume that the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG would have been the run away winner. What's not to love? 571 hp, essentially mid-engined (you should see how far back that engine sits in the chassis), gullwings -- its got everything. But up close, something about it left us... a little cold. It's probably the headlights. So our best of show group decision went to the E63 AMG Wagon. There's something so very right about 500+ horsepower wagons. But maybe Lorinser could help steer our affections back to the Gullwing?

If you don't know, Mercedes tuner Lorinser has never met a fender it liked. Meaning that there idea of a good time is to hack vents into every body surface it can. Sometimes the results are okay. And sometimes, let's just say not so okay. Lorinser actually has two competing design studies it's considering. The first and probably most controversial is a Carbon Fiber design, with an unpainted CF hood, a Lorinser family crest in place of the Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star in the grill and scores of carbon fiber trims pieces all over the place.

The second, more low-key design is probably closer to the real deal. It even features a soon to be Lorinser signature -- vents behind vents. There are also six giant eyebrows festooned around the car. A homage, no doubt, to the brows on the original 300 SL. We will admit that we like the headlights in Lorinser's rendering more than the production SLS. Full press release after the jump.

Press Release

IAA star already modified
Lorinser presents two exciting SLS studies

The legendary 300 SL Gullwing has thrilled generations and consequently has a regular space in Lorinser's classic car collection. The designers of the Mercedes customer have now dedicated themselves to its successor, the SLS, which proved to be a show stopper at the IAA 2009 in just its series standard version.

The first Lorinser design of the exhibition star pays homage to the racing soul of the car, as the Gullwing was originally designed for motorsport with its numerous aluminium components. "If carbon fibres had been available then, the lightweight concept of the 300 SL would definitely have contained this material", says CEO Marcus Lorinser.

As a result one of the designs shows the aggressive coolness of carbon fibre, which in selected areas contrasts with the red paint of the aluminium bodywork and the components: for example a carbon fibre element intersects the middle of the grill, in which there isn't a Mercedes star, but the Lorinser family crest from the 15th century instead. A further stylistic element is provided by a spoiler bumper with a carbon insert, arch-shaped air inlet and double fog lights. The muscular sides, on the other hand, are partially shaped by the massive Lorinser side sills, which also adorn black inserts made of the fibre composite material. The air inlets which are drawn inwards and have black sports grills, gape over the sides onto the front fenders. The two chromed cross beams are thereby a homage to the 300 SL. The large wire spoke wheels cite a typical construction form from the 50s, although their design seems extremely modern. At the same time they are also the link to the second design.

The second design pays tribute to the facets of the 300 SL, which reveal it as a sophisticated road sports car with an elegant front spoiler and a more sober grill design. In this study Lorinser also used one-piece side sills with air inlets. With their stronger segmentation the gills on the fenders are orientated more directly to the prototype, than the first design which was dedicated to the motorsport heritage oft the Gullwing.

Whether there will be a small-batch production of either of the two studies – and where applicable the final design – has not yet been decided.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe it's just me but everytime I see the new SLS it just screams out "body kitted modified Viper". Maybe its just the photo's I've seen and its my imagination but again it keeps echo'ing in my head.

      The new um bodykits look alright but still dont alter the appearance of the orginal enough to alter my perception sadly.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hearkening back to the test mules they were running, perhaps?
      • 6 Years Ago
      That looks sick. Not a big fan of the upcoming SLS, but this is incredible. Nice paint job.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ....maybe "oil" to tires a bit....

        The SLS tires look a bit worn because they're so dull-looking.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I like the SLS Gullwing...on paper. After seeing many of the auto show pics, there was much more to be desired from the overall design. I understand that the SLS is the modern take on the age-old classic Gullwing, but I'm not particularly "blown away" by this latest iteration.

        One small gripe about the auto show SLS car: Maybe old the tires a bit to be a shiny black finish. Otherwise the SLS show car looks like somebody took it for a drive on the local roads and just pushed it back in the event center right before the doors opened.
      • 6 Years Ago
      awesome. I am going to spend a poo load of cash on this car and then sit back and have Lorinser perj it out. unfortunately I'm going to have to wait another week or two for the asanti rims and gold leaf on the window trim.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Errrr, what's with the Alfa Romeo grille with cheesy Vegas chest wig medallion? Another bit of overpriced automotive vulgarity on the way to Dubai.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yo dawg, I herd u like vents...
      • 6 Years Ago
      So its clear that if you graduate automotive design school with a C or D average, you go to work for an aftermarket tuner like this company.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I didn't like the SLS at first, but I must admit that I'm really starting to like it!

      Keep up the great work, MB!
      • 6 Years Ago
      just...please don't do it
      • 6 Years Ago
      Make no mistake, for the most part i like tuned high end cars, but when it comes down to seeing them, i never have, no tricked out porches, bmw's or benz's, nothing.
      So who exactly is buying them? Oil sheiks?
      I see a few lambo's and ferrari's here and there, just no 200k+ tuner rides.
        • 6 Years Ago
        My statement is false huh, so because you see them in LA, i must see them in NJ?
        Not false, just my observation, and if you notice i used question marks, meaning it's a question.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Come to Glendale, CA. Home of the most classless luxo rides around. I hope you like techno.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Umm I see High end tuned cars everyday out here in Los Angeles. So your statement is false...

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