The technicians at Bulgarian tuner Art Studio Vilner are masters at taking vehicles with already luxurious interiors and making them even more opulent. The firm now outdoes itself for the latest project of turning a Mercedes-AMG S63 Sedan’s cabin into a place fit for royalty. Arguably, the company's effort here even puts the Maybach S600 to shame.
According to Vilner, its client loved the S63 and its 577-horsepower (430 kW) biturbo 5.5-liter V8, but this person wasn’t happy with the interior options available from Mercedes. This revised cabin with huge swathes of leather and Alcantara now perfectly fits the customer’s wishes. Vilner dubbed the resulting vehicle The King.
The customer apparently likes the quilted look because the floor mats, seats, and headliner feature yards of white cross-stitching that covers the mix of leather and Alcantara. The steering wheel combines sections of Nappa leather and Alcantara, too. Even the trunk features the high-end materials, so people can be impressed when the owner unloads cargo. Vilner also replaces the stock wood trim with Piano Gloss Black parts. Vilner's styling here is a little dark for some people's taste but fits exactly what the buyer wants.
Mercedes is currently in the later stages of developing a slightly refreshed AMG-tuned S-Class with revised headlights and minor changes to the front and rear fascia. Inside, a new infotainment system layout puts both 12.3-inch screens right next to each other behind a clear case – somewhat like the latest E-Class. The company might even slot in its 4.0-liter biturbo V8 as a replacement for the current 5.5-liter biturbo V8. Power could match or even exceed the 603-hp (450-kW) from the latest Mercedes-AMG E63 S.
Gallery: Mercedes-AMG S63 Sedan by Vilner
Gipsy King: The Royal S-Class by Vilner
This is one of the latest projects completed by Art Studio Vilner.
It’s based on a S 63 AMG which is the top spec S-Class, except S 65 AMG and the Maybach, which is actually a separate model.
The client wanted this S 63 with 585 hp with a top spec interior. But the problem was that the AMG and Designo options lists were not able to fulfill all of his wishes, which led ‘The King’ (the customer wanted from us to not reveal his actual name) to the Art Studio Vilner.
Quilted leather and Alcantara, that’s the main theme here. White contrast stitching even on the floor mats, which are made from fine leather. The two sides of the dashboard are also covered in quilted Alcantara, although they usually remain hidden by the closed doors. That cross stitching can be seen on the central sections of the seats, by the sides of the central tunnel and on the headliner as well. The boot lid ‘internals’ are also wrapped in fine quilted Alcantara.
One of the important elements of the interior is the steering wheel, because it’s the main instrument that connects the driver with the car itself. How it feels in the hands is as important as its look. Alcantara sections and fine Napa leather are all there. Typically for Vilner, the housing of the rear view mirror is wrapped in Alcantara and the same can be seen covering all the stock left bare plastic details.
You can see also that the ‘egg’ that contains the telephone controls is also Alcantara wrapped. Near by is located another ‘Vilnerised’ detail that is never too small – the button for for the armrest compartment cover - which typically wears a tinted silver enamel – now is blacked. The same is done to the wooden trim pieces that are now finished in Piano Gloss Black. The result is a black kingdom of luxury, in the exact state that ‘The King’ wanted it to be.
This project may be not so into the spirit of the other Vilner creations, but it had been created with the same traditional and pedantic pursuit of quality. And most important in the end of the day, according to the taste of the happy client. A pretty curious project.
2015 Mercedes-Benz S 63 AMG, 5461 cc, V8, 585 hp, 900 Nm, 7 sp. auto, RWD, 2045 kg.