It's known as 'Dispyros' and features exotic veneers, fresh upholstery, that minty color, and a hefty price tag.
The drop top Mercedes S-Class is a truly magnificent thing. It’s effortlessly elegant, lavishly luxurious, and surprisingly entertaining to pedal.
Why on earth anyone would want to modify it beyond me but Merzig, Germany-based tuner Carlsson has anyway, creating a package of alterations it calls “Diospyros”.
No doubt you were immediately struck by the color, a pastel shade dubbed Carlsson Heritage Green. Though I think Mint Chip Ice Cream would be a more accurate moniker.
The color is daubed on various bits of trim including the grille, which bears Carlsson’s rearing stallion logo. Otherwise, the body trim is finished in gloss black.
The disc wheels were developed especially for the Diospyros, measuring 9x20 inches at the front and 10.5x20 inches at the rear. The short spokes conspire to make them look a little small, though. And their square-cut lines are somewhat at odds with the flowing lines of the open S-Class.
Inside, the interior has been completely retrimmed in Vintage Cognac-colored Nappa leather upholstery. The fascias, steering wheel, and rear deck are finished with West African ebony veneer, as well.
The veneer actually gives the car its name: the scientific name for the West African Ebony tree is Diospyros Crassiflora.
Carlsson can also boost the power of an S550, tuning the turbocharged V8 motor up to 550 horsepower.
Carlsson can build a Dispyros out of any S-Class Cabriolet model, including the AMGs. Prices start at 219,000 ($230,935) and range up to 336,000 ($354,300) – before taxes – depending on model and spec. I very much hope that includes the price of a brand-new base car.
According to Carlsson, the Dispyros displays "sovereign elegance, harmonious shaping, and stirring agility". I'll leave you to decide if you agree or not.