What's the difference between black and piano black? Lacquer, and lots of it. Whether they're making an actual piano or trimming out a car to the same effect, craftsman will typically apply six layers of clearcoat to give the wood that deep, lustrous shine (compared to the three layers featured on high-end auto bodies). When applied to cars, it's usually done as trim on the interior dashboard, but with the RS2000 Black Edition, Melkus has finished the entire car that way.

Now if you haven't heard of Melkus, don't worry – it's not exactly one of the top automakers in the world. It's more of a niche manufacturer along the lines of Wiesmann, Artega or Veritas, which are also based in Germany. Melkus makes just one model, the RS2000 that we first caught up with at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The small gull-winged shape packs a 325-horsepower 2.0-liter turbo four for a 4.5-second sprint to 62 mph and an autobahn-crunching 168 mph top end.

In addition to the deeply lacquered paintjob, the Black Edition gets a carbon-fiber aero kit, black leather and Alcantara interior with orange highlights and a long list of optional extras. Follow the jump for the press release and scope out the bevy of high-res images in the gallery.
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Black, Premium, Fast - The MELKUS RS2000 "Black Edition"

With the "Black Edition" the unique MELKUS sports cars now feature a special premium piano lacquer finish - Outfit. Only a total of five cars are being made with this exclusive paintjob in our Dresden MELKUS manufactory.

Applying piano lacquer, a black lacquer finish, is an extremely demanding paintjob. This paintwork requires six layers with each layer being sanded separately. The elaborate paintwork provides an extraordinary brilliant deep black finish and a very smooth surface. The exterior is rounded off with a carbon Sport – Bodykit. In a word, an elegant suit made to measure for our exclusive MELKUS RS2000 sports car.

The interior also features a black finish. Black full-grain leather furnishing and an Alcantara interior roof lining as well as numerous piano lacquer and carbon applications are a perfect match to the elegant exterior with the exquisite embroidery alluding to the "Black Edition".

The "Black Edition" also features more standard equipment. This includes, along with a Carbon – Bodykit, a high-quality infotainment system with a navigation function and a high-performance braking system as well as an improvement in performance. As with all other MELKUS vehicles, the RS2000 "Black Edition" can also be customised further.

Powered by a two-litre turbo-engine with a 6-speed gearbox and 325 HP (239 kW), the MELKUS RS2000 "Black Edition" accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds. The car's top speed equals 270km/h.
The basic price for a MELKUS RS2000 "Black Edition" is 149,900 euro.

Black and White was the motto of the first run of the "Black Edition". The sports car had just been taken out of the Dresden MELKUS workshop when a "Photo Shooting" already began.


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      XJ Yamaha
      • 2 Years Ago
      325hp from a turbo 2.0?!?!? Dang, this makes the 2.0 Ecoboost and new GM 2.0 turbos look pretty unimpressive.
      sonic_the_dreadnaught
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pretty good power for a four banger, and a very sexy look....then again its hard not to look good in black.
      Think Free
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hate to be picky here but no one uses lacquer anymore, especially on a carbon fiber sports car. Its a poly urethane system. Likey they added several coats of clear and wet sanded and polished- something most car makers skip.
      NeoS281
      • 2 Years Ago
      That paint looks sharp. I think the appearance and size is similar to a Rossion Q1 which I love!