Not content with just breaking ground on their new program for the Toyota GT86, Japanese tuner Wald International has prepared yet another package, this time for the British luxury sedan, the Rolls-Royce Ghost.
Set to be unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon, Wald International’s Black Bison package comes with an extensive aerodynamic kit that features a host of new components, including a new front bumper, modified side skirts, and, a trunk-mounted spoiler that honestly looks out of place on the Ghost, and a far more aggressive rear fascia that incidentally comes with its own integrated diffuser. Wald also worked on lowering the suspension of the Luxury sedan while also equipping it with a new exhaust system and a new set of alloy wheels.
For the entire package, Wald has set a price of ¥1.3 million, or about $15,500 based on current exchange rates. Just like Wald’s program for the GT86, this one doesn’t carry any performance upgrades. But unlike the GT86, this is one aero program that just doesn’t fit in well with the esteem and class of the Ghost.
Subtlety has never been one of Wald International’s strong suits, so it’s hardly surprising that when it built its new program for the 2013 Toyota GT 86, it didn’t have that word in mind.
The aerodynamic kit borrows along the same lines of what you’d expect from Wald. The new bonnet with the prominent air scoops on the GT 86 is particularly eye-catching because it’s far more aggressive than what the standard Toyota sports coupe has. From there, you can look at the front half spoiler, which also bodes to what kind of sports aggression Wald had in mind in designing its program. The more pronounced side skirts, the trunk-lid spoiler, the rear fender extensions, the wider rear wing, the rear diffuser with the quad tail pipes, and the new set of two-tone, five-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in low-profile performance tires complete Wald’s GT 86 program.
The whole set-up will make its debut at the 2013 Tokyo Auto Salon. From there, the program will be on sale for ¥231,000, which is around $2,800 based on current exchange rates.
Admittedly, we would have preferred to see some performance mods to go with this striking aero upgrade. But Wald International has always been about stylish upgrades, and this program for the GT 86 is no exception.
Whether you know it as the Infiniti M or the Nissan Kuga, you can’t deny that this vehicle is a certified head-turner. And that’s when it comes with its standard format.
Add Wald International’s new Black Bison program and you have a vehicle that now carries additional aesthetic and aerodynamic credentials. The new Black Bison program comes with a plethora of new components for the Infiniti Mat a $3,900 price tag. The kit includes an aggressive front bumper with its own sporty air intakes and integrated LED daytime running lights. From there, the car’s side skirts have also been extended while a ventilated rear bumper also carries an integrated diffuser.
But wait, there’s more.
A new roof spoiler ($605) has also been added, as well as a trunk-mounted spoiler ($730) and a set of alloy wheels. Last but not least, Wald International also decided to set up the Infiniti M with a lowered suspension and a choice of two sport exhaust systems, giving the car mechanical upgrades on top of the aesthetic modifications it already sports.
Given that the Infiniti M already sports a top-of-the-line 5.6-liter VVEL direct-injected V-8 engine that produces 420 horsepower, you can’t help but be enamored with Wald’s new Black Bison program that adds a touch of sporty aggressiveness to the car’s overall luxury setup.
You really didn’t think that we could go a year without Wald International getting their hands on a Toyota GT-86, did you?
Turns out, they didn’t wait until the last part of 2012 to let everyone know that they are, in fact, working on the Toyota sports coupe. Now, the program isn’t complete yet, but these photos, which the Japanese tuner released, certainly give us an idea of what those guys have been working on.
The aero kit appears to include a slew of new components, including a more aggressive front apron, new side skirts, and front fender vent parts. Over at the back, there’s a new spoiler that’s attached to the car’s boot, a new rear apron that connects to an integral diffuser, and a departure from the dual exhaust set-up in favor of a quad-pipe exhaust system. Finally, a new set of wheels have been fitted to the GT-86 while a lowered sports suspension gives the car a racy look.
Wald International will have more to do on this car with the Japanese tuner earmarking an end of 2012 release of the program. Be sure to wait for that because we’re certainly expecting something impressive from Wald.
The CLS 63 AMG is a thing of beauty, yet it has a beast under its hood. Some people, however, would like their CLS to show a little more of its beastly side from the outside. To help satisfy the appetites of this group, SR Auto Group has just released a series of modifications to help make this powerful Benz a little more intimidating from the outside. They even have a pretty cool name for it: Project Maximus!
This Mercedes CLS 63 AMG boasts a Black Bison body kit by Wald International. Included in this kit is a stylish front bumper that has large side air intakes and a wide-mouth lower grille. Also integrated in the bumper are LED daytime running lights. This Black Bison kit also boasts new front fenders, which feature large heat extractors with black louvers and chrome strips, just behind the front wheels.
Down the side of this customized CLS 63 AMG, there is a set of side skirts that give just enough character to the Benz without taking away from its luxurious appearance. The rear end of this high-powered Mercedes boasts a bumper with louvered vents behind the rear wheels. Integrated with the bumper is a rear diffuser made of black plastic that gives the rear end a little contrast. On each side of the rear end is a dual-oval exhaust tip that exit from cutouts in the bumper. Finishing off the back end is a large trunk-mounted, lip-style spoiler.
On each corner of the CLS 63 AMG is a 20-inch Wald Renovatio alloy wheel wrapped in performance rubber. The rims have a slight contrast to them, as the face of the rim and its lip is done in chrome, but the edge of each of the 26 spokes is painted silver.
The model that SR Auto Group used for this build features the AMG Performance Pack, which boosts the 5.5-liter V-8 engine to 557 horsepower. SR Auto Group left this engine as is, so if you choose this build, the manufacturer’s warranty remains intact.
Overall, SR Auto Group did a nice job of adding just enough character and sport to the CLS 63 AMG without overdoing it and making it look over the top.
Launched late in 2011, the Lexus GS F-Sports has only received an upgrade package from Five Axis. The main reason for that, of course, is that the sports sedan doesn’t look like it needs any upgrades, unless you’re looking at it through the eyes of Wald International.
The Japanese tuner’s new "Executive Line" aero package is based mostly on upgrading the exterior of the vehicle. It consists of a new front spoiler, darkened headlamp and taillight bezels, new side skirts, and a rear apron with a diffuser. The car also comes with a new set of alloy wheels and, upon request, Wald International will add a larger boot spoiler and a new suspension kit.
To be honest, we would have loved a boost in power; maybe next time. For now, customers will have to settle for the standard 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 306 HP.
Prices for the new Lexus GS-F Sport by Wald International will be announced at a later date.
Japanese custom body kit creator, Wald International, is well known for creating some of the best looking and highest end body modification kits. The Black Bison lineup has received some of the best reviews, and rightfully so.
Wald International is now ready to add another example to its lineup, which is the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate Black Bison. This station wagon isn’t your everyday grocery getter, as it boasts a set of ground effects that include stylish front apron side skirts and a rear bumper with an integrated diffuser. All of the ground effects are built from fiber-reinforced plastic. Also included with the kit is a set of LED running lights that are positioned about 9 inches below the headlights, on the front apron.
Optional on this Black Bison kit is are a set of front fenders with large arc-style vents, for an additional €2,088 ($2,652) and a set of split exit stainless steel D.T.M. mufflers that integrate perfectly with the cutouts in the kit’s rear bumper. The replacement mufflers can be had for €2,530 ($3,214). There is also a lowering kit and replacement pedal kit offered as optional equipment, but Wald does not list a price for them yet.
Unfortunately, there is no additional bite to go along with all of this bark, as Wald does not offer any engine upgrades for this kit. This means the E-Class Wagon will still have its 3.5-liter V-6 engine that cranks out 302 ponies at 6,500 rpm and 273 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm. That is plenty of power to get this wagon moving, but some extra mods to help it move as fast as it looks would be nice.
The base kit – LED running lights, side skirts, front apron and rear bumper – runs €5,062 ($6,430). Add in the base MSRP of the E-Class Wagon ($57,150) and this entire build will set you back at least $63,580 and as much as $69,446, if you opt for the custom muffler and fender vents.
We’ve seen some fancy tuning programs from Wald International, particularly their Black Bison line-up. Now it looks like they’ve added another ace into the family with the unveiling of their new Black Bison program for the Mercedes CLS-Class.
The aggressive body kit on the CLS-Class includes a new front bumper, new front wings, side vents, a trunk lid spoiler, and large diffusers. Similarly, the grilles on the Merc have also been revised while the side skirts and the lowered suspension making for a more aggressive stance. For all of these modifications, the most significant inclusion into the car are the blacked out head- and tail-lights, which increases the overall bad-ass look of the car.
The engine of the CLS-Class was largely left unchanged, but considering that the car carries a twin-turbocharged 4.6-liter V8 engine that produces 430 horsepower and 516 lb/ft of torque, we don’t mind the least bit that Wald opted to use only an aero program for their new Black Bison program on the CLS-Class.
We’ve seen a lot of tuning programs over the past couple of years, but one thing that has remained a constant is how impressed we are with Wald International’s Black Bison tuning program.
After similar programs were given to the BMW 5-Series, the Mercedes S63 AMG, and the Jaguar XJ, Wald International is setting its sights on another German luxury sports car: the Porsche Panamera S.
Wald International’s Black Bison program for the Panamera S comes with a comprehensive list of aerodynamic components, including a new carbon fiber aero kit with a new front fascia and sculpted air intakes, front fender air vents, a rear diffuser, a boot lid spoiler, and rocker panels. Matching the cool style of the Black Bison aero kit, Wald International also lowered the car’s suspension and fitted the Panamera S with a new set of two-tone, five-spoke lightweight alloy rims with the firm’s signature custom tail pipes.
Performance upgrades have been left out of the program, but you can still expect the Panamera S and its 4.8-liter V8 engine to produce a stout 400 horsepower and 369 lb/ft of torque to go with its 0-60 mph time of 5.2 seconds a top speed of 175 mph.
We get the whole idea of dressing up a car like the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe with a comprehensive bodykit, but given what the Rolls already stands for, it does seem like a little too much, doesn’t it?
The people over at Wald International beg to disagree because they’ve just released a pretty daft package for the British luxury car. No matter the consternation we have for such a program, you can’t deny the skills of Wald International, especially when it comes to dressing up cars that are as exclusive as the Phantom Drophead Coupe. To their credit, the Japanese tuner fitted the Rolls with a comprehensive body kit, complete with a new front bumper that comes with a set of vertical LED running lights. The kit also has new air vents that have been cut into the fenders. There’s also a new front lip, mesh air intake inserts, new side skirts, and a new rear bumper that comes with a small rear diffuser with dual exhaust pipes.
All in all, it’s pretty extensive. Maybe even a little too extensive. But give Wald International credit; these guys know how to catch attention with their projects, especially when they use one of the most luxurious cars on the face of the planet.