• Mar 2, 2011
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Is Mansory going soft on us? The Germany-based customizer of high-end exotics has arrived in Geneva with its take on the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. It's called the Mansory Cormeum... and it's remarkable for not being eye-searingly ugly.

The Cormeum is certainly no beauty queen, but Mansory has produced some truly questionable designs in its history. Besides being more attractive than whe might have figured, the Cormeum is remarkable for having an extra 97 horsepower (for a total of 660 hp), and it weighs nearly 200 pounds less than a standard SLS. This is achieved through the extensive use of carbon fiber body panels, and the added power comes from a new exhaust and engine map program. If 660 horsepower doesn't sound like enough, Mansory says it's working on an 800 hp version.

Only 15 examples of the gullwing Mansory Cormeum will be produced. If you're curious where the name comes from, Mansory founder and namesake Kourosh Mansory was inspired by the aria Vide Cor Meum. You've probably heard the music before, as it was written for the move Hannibal. All of which makes some sense, because some folks would rather eat a human being than be seen in a Mansory vehicle.

Live photos copyright ©2011 Drew Phillips / AOL

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February 2011

MANSORY Cormeum – super sports car in a striking carbon shell

The MANSORY Cormeum leaves few reminders of the Mercedes SLS AMG. The sports car manufactured in Affalterbach is only the basis for the latest development of the automobile manufacturer MANSORY Design & Holding GmbH situated in Brand near Bayreuth. 660 hp and 90 kg less weight are only two unique selling points of this exceptional automobile which can only be obtained in a limited edition of 15 cars. At first glance, the striking design created by its owner and head designer Kourosh Mansory can easily be discerned. Also the name was picked personally by Kourosh Mansory: An aria was already the source of his inspiration for the refined Bugatti Veyron (Vincerò) and this time this is the aria Vide Cor meum.

In order to meet the increased requirements of the sports car when it comes to light weight and torsional stiffness, Kourosh Mansory's team optimises almost the entire car body and also exchanges the roof and the wing doors with ultra-light own developments. A MANSORY front skirt replaces the serial bumper and due to its well-engineered shape it reduces the uplifting forces at the front axle. Larger air inlets in connection with a new LED light unit provide the two-seater with an even more dynamic face.

Additionally, the new front skirt supplies the enlarged cooler with more fresh air and subsequently propels the air out of the new bonnet. MANSORY also replaces the front and rear mudguards with broader newly designed light-weight parts. Therefore, the Cormeum extends by 66 millimetres at the front axle and impressive 84 millimetres at the rear axle. MANSORY side skirts make the two-seater look even lower and longer and perfectly enhance the rims. The rear has also been significantly redesigned by the aerodynamic specialists. The apron has been exchanged and a race diffuser renders additional downforce. A rear spoiler with carbon flaps completes the aerodynamic overall package.

The extended wheel houses of the MANSORY Cormeum are filled with exclusive forged wheels with central locking. They measure 9x20 inches with 265/30er tyres at the front and 11x21 inches with 295/25er tyres at the rear axle. The tyres are provided by MANSORY's partner Michelin. Due to new springs and dampers, the Cormeum' s centre of gravity is 20 mm lower than the basic model and therefore additionally emphasises the exclusive rims.

The core part of the engine modification is the adjustment of high-performance compressors. Also a sports air filter and a sports exhaust system made of stainless steel are fitted. These components are adjusted to each other with the help of a new map for engine electronics. With a top performance of 660 hp / 485 kW and a maximum torque of 4,850 r.p.m., the MANSORY engine exactly meets the wishes of its ambitious motor sports clientele. Another performance increase up to 800 hp is already tested.

As usual, MANSORY turns the interior into a highly functional control centre with unsurpassable quality and innovative design. Only most exquisite materials are used for the interior design and therefore render a high level of comfort. The leather which is processed with masterly skill is very endurable and still extraordinarily soft. The characteristic natural product with its special grain and the masterly perfected decorative stitches render an extravagant impression around the newly designed centre console. Another highlight is the newly developed full size airbag sports steering wheel. The aluminium pedals and the real carbon applications complete the luxurious overall impression of the Cormeum.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Its definitely better than most Mansory designs, but this SLS-wannabe isnt anything to write home about, either. And doggone it, Mansory, would you PLEASE start painting some of your cars?!?! Seriously, your overuse of carbon fibre is getting ridiculous. Oh, and please find some better lettering techniques for your cars. The Cormeum badges here look like mailbox lettering you might find at the local Home Depot.
      • 3 Years Ago
      McLaren SLS 599 430? No personality here, impressive performance though. Shuldn't be lighter with the amount of carbon fiber being used?
        • 3 Years Ago
        They dropped 200 pounds but I still bet that most of the exterior is the stock sheetmetal with a "carbon fiber" style vinyl wrap. You could drop 200 pounds with aftermarket seats, a lighter weight exhaust (especially if titanium), a lighter weight battery, and some genuine CF, but I doubt that things like the front bumper cover or the quarter panels have been replaced with CF.
      • 3 Years Ago
      you need to get some new glasses.

      that thing is fugly. Look how far the nose sticks out.
      with those gaping air dams, it looks like a shark.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I dunno, looks pretty ugly from here.
        • 3 Years Ago
        yeah wtf autoblog? you thought this was alright and bagged out on the purply one
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's not-ugly... from the perspective that Mansory touched it.

        Otherwise, yes, it's ugly...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I actually like the exterior except for the ridiculous wing. Nowhere near as classy as the SLS's default styling but it's sharp and aggressive. The interior, though, is an abomination. Just compare the OEM center console to Mansory's. WTF were they thinking?
      • 3 Years Ago
      What in the holy hell did they do to that SLS.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Shaking My Head...As a car tuner Mansory surely can screw up some nice rides. (Anybody ever seen those pink Bentleys w/the riceboy bodykits he pimps out)

      As an artist and lover of Hannibal soundtracks though, Mansory should consider a new business venture.....
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's really a shame, because they can certainly add power to already-powerful dream machines.

        The problem is that they clearly have no one with a clue penning design or style language.

        Imagine if this thing looked good... then the Vida Cor Meum would suit it to a T.
      • 3 Years Ago
      F430 headlights, SLS gull-wing doors and SLR gill
        • 3 Years Ago
        Looks more like 599 headlights.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The spoiler is awful, but otherwise I don't think it looks that bad.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Luckily for all man kind only 15 will be produced so most of us here will never have to see it in person :D
      • 3 Years Ago
      It drives me nuts that they rename and rebadge these things, as if it's a new/different car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      You know, if you go to the images and look at the side view of the front wheel and glance at the nose of the car, it looks like a carbon fiber Elmo nose to me.
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