Press days for the Los Angeles Auto Show ended a few days ago and on December 1st, a new show opened in Europe: Essen Motor Show. For those that don’t know, Essen is basically a European version of SEMA. The German tuner, Lorisen, will arrive at Essen with a tuning kit based on the Mercedes SL500.
The tuner changed almost every aspect of the car and, of course, it started with the exterior. The aerodynamic kit includes a new grille and larger air inlets, new side skirts that make the SL look lower. The package continues with a flared front bumper, extended rear bumper, a rear deck lid spoiler and a built-in diffuser with the Lorinser sports exhaust’s four end pipes poking out of the diffuser’s cutouts. The car sits on a set of 20-inch light-alloy RSK8 wheels wrapped in 255/30R20 front tires and 295/25R20 rear tires.
Under the hood, the V-8 engine receives a reprogrammed ECU with increased bi-turbo boost that increases the power from the standard 435 horsepower to 530 horsepower and the torque up to an impressive 590 pound-feet. Also, the tuner removed the speed limiter so that now the SL500 can hit a top speed of 173 mph.
In order to make the car even more aggressive, Lorinser also installed lowering kit that can be controlled using a button on the steering wheel. For the interior the tuner is offering any desired combination made in aluminum, wood or carbon look.
A standard Mercedes-Benz SL 500 (R231) is already among the classiest and most sporty cars on our roads, but the customised two seater from Lorinser almost makes it look plain. From the bodywork which is designed to reduce lift, to the powerful performance upgrades and the striking light-alloy wheels, the specialists from the southern German town of Waiblingen have shown their dedication to almost every aspect of the luxury car, and made their exclusive clientele’s automobile dreams a reality.
„Form follows function“ – this dictates how Lorinser have balanced the individual components of the SL 500 aerodynamics package. The result is impressive styling with optimised air flow and additional downforce which allows faster cornering. At the same time, the top-end convertible scores well with its striking good looks and is clearly positioned above its little brother the SLK. With this in mind, the shape of the convertible is enhanced by a new front with large air inlets and a new grill. From nose
to tail, striking side skirts ensure design is consistent throughout, and make the SL look lower and longer. Wider front bumpers and extensions to the rear bumpers extend the sides. In order to reduce lift at the rear, the Sportservice engineers have developed a rear decklid spoiler, available either painted to match the car or carbon look, as well as an attractive rear with built in diffuser. This gives the rear of the car an extra sporty look, and expertly sets the scene for the 4 end pipes of the Lorinser sports exhaust.
20 Inch light-alloy RSK8 wheels keep you firmly on the road, together with 255/30R20 front tyres and 295/25R20 rear tyres. The three part forged wheel with its seven spokes and stainless steel bolts looks really convincing due to the classy look of the anodised surface and outstanding finish. The design combines agility and elegance, and sits perfectly under the wheel arches.
Lorinser recommends using the high performance tyres from its technology partner Continental.
The lowering kit from Lorinser really sets the alloy wheels off. This makes it possible to lower manually the centre of gravity on cars equipped with the ex works ABC (ActiveBodyControl) system, which increases the sporty feel when driving. The customer can set and save their desired height (higher or lower). The system uses controls on the steering wheel, and the „Lorinser“ indicator appears on the multi function control panel. Connection to the car’s electronics system (CAN) even means the headlight settings adjust independently according to the height. A high end monitoring system ensures the system adjusts independently and un-noticed by the driver as speed increases (from around 50km/h), so that all functionality is maintained.
The refinements to the SL 500 aren’t just sporty, it has something to offer under the bonnet too from the V8-Motor of the Mercedes-Benz SL 500 (4,7l, 320KW/435 hp at 5.250 1/min, 700 Nm at 1.700 – 3.500 1/min) the Sportservice engineers get 390KW/530hp at 5.600 1/min and maximum torque at 800 Nm from 1.700 to 3.800 revolutions. This is made possible by a newly programmed ECU with increased bi – turbo boost. With this increase in the power and sound to match, the Lorinser SL 500 can reach a regulated top speed of 280kmh. If a customer wants to drive their SL 500 faster than the factory limited 250kmh without enhancements to performance, Lorinser offers the option of an increase in top speed limiter. Lorinser recommend a speedometer with extended top speed range for either version. The Sportservice offers an instrument cluster with a Lorinser logo on the dial, and a scale which goes up to 320kmh.
To complement the existing ex-works interior options, Lorinser can supply accessories in fine aluminium, wood, or carbon look. On request, there is everything to make your heart beat faster – from personalised floor mats to full leather interior, all hand-made with the highest possible level of attention to detail.