Published on 03 Dec 2012 by Adriano
The new Mercedes SL is one of the favourite targets of the tuners across the world: apparently, its elegant and yet sporty lines have inspired many designers of accessories, as demonstrated by the several cosmetic upgrade kits that can be found out there dedicated to this car. Lorinser is one of these tuners, and here is their recently launched the new body kit that aims at improving both aesthetics and aerodynamics of the car. Alongside the cosmetic upgrades, Lorinser also offers some mechanical changes to the engine.
Thanks to these modifications, the 4.4-liter twin-turbo engine of the Mercedes SL500 is now capable of delivering 530 horsepower and 800 Nm of torque, which is considerably better than the 435 hp and 700 Nm that you can get out of the standard version. Lorinser also got rid of the self-imposed 250 km/h (155 mph) top speed limit, allowing the Mercedes SL500 to go beyond the 280 km/h mark (173 miles).
From an aesthetic viewpoint, the car received a new set of 20-inch wheels and some upgrade to the bodywork, with new logos, side-skirts with integrated air intakes for the rear brakes, new air-outlets for the engine at the sides and larger fenders. At the rear, the sleek look of the Mercedes SL has been lost forever as there is a new bumper with side air vents and a new diffuser with four integrated exhaust pipes. The front of the car, however, is the part that has undergone the most severe changes, with the introduction of a new grille (with a massive logo of the tuner placed right in the middle) and a new and particularly complex bumper, which is somewhat reminiscent of the original car anyway.