Anybody remember the Mercedes-Benz R-Class? Long story short, it was Mercedes-Benz’s attempt to popularize the MPV-meets-SUV segment, which included the likes of the now-deceased Chrysler Pacifica.

Even with the Mercedes-Benz image, this car was a failure due to it being hideously ugly and overly expensive — a failure that Mercedes later admitted. Once sales began, the starting price of the R-Class was very close to the starting price of the flagship S-Class. So, unless you owned a 5-star hotel with airport-transfer service, the R-Class never really justified its usefulness over the S-Class.

Keeping all of that aside, the R-Class isn’t exactly the type of car that would cross most minds when it comes to modification. At SEMA, however, cars showcased don’t really bend to convention. With that thought in mind, Infinite Auto Design decided to lease some new life to the forsaken R-Class.

Underneath that AMG-esque body kit is a standard R500 that is powered by an unmodified 5.0-liter V-8 engine. This means it cranks out 302-horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque, which isn’t too bad for a minivan-SUV crossover in its era.

The exterior embraces the full blown treatment that any car at Infinite Auto Design would receive. It gets custom-built front and rear bumpers that add some eye-candy to the standard and rather boring design. The car is then wrapped in a gray matte paint job and fitted with a set of delicious looking, 20-inch Forgestar wheels.

Overall, this car can only be appreciated for its attempt at injecting a few ounces of "cool" into the R-Class, much like the nowhere-to-be-seen R63 AMG.

  • 2006 - 2007 Mercedes R500 By Infinite Auto Design
  • Year:
    2006- 2007
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V8
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    302 @ 5600
  • Torque @ RPM:
    339 @ 2700
  • Displacement:
    5.0 L
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8 comments:

  (341) posted on 11.7.2012

with all the talk money, I think it’s worth it, especially for all the improves made

  (397) posted on 11.7.2012

would be a good idea, but only if it would be cheaper because for that money you get something better and more beautiful

  (346) posted on 11.7.2012

yes ... that if you want to get out of anonymity and not having a regular family car

  (377) posted on 11.7.2012

seems appropriate as family car. seems large, has an interesting look...

  (397) posted on 11.7.2012

if they have a reasonable price, perhaps people would buy them

  (349) posted on 11.7.2012

This is a very expensive car for what ca offer. Given that it is tuned, don’t want to imagine how much it would cost this one ...

  (346) posted on 11.7.2012

oh yes! better than the initial version. but still .. looks like it has a mask or something

  (341) posted on 11.7.2012

my opinion is that it is nice, but not impressive

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