It's the perfect machine for holding executive conference meetings on the Autobahn.
The folks at Mansory are the latest in a line of high-end tuners to upfit the mighty Mercedes V-Class – AKA the slick luxury van that isn’t available in the United States. Tricked out vans were once all the rage, but that was back when having a television in a vehicle was mind-blowingly awesome. Such multimedia systems are standard equipment in most luxury people movers these days, so Mansory focuses its efforts more towards the busy executive who prefers a rolling first-class suite.
Starting with a V250d, Mansory adds a few carbon-fiber bits to the body. A prominent front lip with air ducts that feature integrated LED daytime lamps add a touch of sport to the 250’s face. Trapezoid exhaust tips with a very subtle diffuser are down low at the back, with Mansory spoilers for the tailgate and roof. Two-tone paintwork with carbon-fiber mirror housings and 19-inch wheels round out the minimal exterior enhancements.
Inside is where things really get interesting. Ordinarily configurable for up to eight passengers, Mansory reduces the load to six by creating a four-person meeting space in back. Two comfort seat at the rear offer recline and full massage functions, separated by a center console that can feature an optional refrigerator. Opposite the comfort seats are a pair of conference seats that can be extended when needed to face the rear. All electronics (including Wi-Fi, seat functions, hands-free calling and yes, the requisite TV) are controlled via a central touch display.
Being an ultra-luxury mobile office, Mansory adds plenty of wood and Alcantara leather to the mix. Up front, the 250d receives fresh trim for the dash, aluminum pedals, and a new sport steering wheel that comes with carbon fiber shift paddles. That doesn’t mean this executive hauler is particularly fast, but it can get out of its own way thanks to some programming magic that helps Mansory pull an extra 52 horsepower (39 kW) from the stock four-cylinder diesel. With a total of 252 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, the tweaked 250d can reach an autobahn-acceptable 130 miles per hour.
Mansory makes no mention of price for its upfitted V-Class Merc, but similar models such as the Brabus Business Lounge can stretch beyond $300,000. That's a bit much for folks looking to get a neat-o van to take camping, but for the busy executive on-the-go, there are worse ways to broker million-dollar deals while sitting in traffic.
Gallery: Mercedes V-Class by Mansory
Business class travel:
MANSORY redesigns the Mercedes-Benz V-Class for executive
MANSORY is famous for transforming luxury vehicles and sports cars into unique
and exciting one-offs to enable their well-heeled owners from around the world to
make the most of their free time. But now, Kourosh Mansory also has a solution for a
car that needs a stylish working atmosphere: the Mercedes-Benz V-Class, which is
now like a first class lounge for on-the-road.
MANSORY has added carefully selected components to improve the exterior of the
van - the air ducts on the front apron feature integrated LED day-driving lights and
are thus the perfect combination of aesthetics and function. The front lip sets a
further accent, as does the mirror housing. The new diffuser at the rear bears the
hallmarks of MANSORY’s high-quality tuning and the tailgates and roof spoiler
surround the rear windshield to create the perfect form.
Once again, Kourosh Mansory has stayed true to his favourite materials. All the
refinements have been made using carbon fibre created in the company’s own inhouse
autoclaves to create carbon components which never compromise on quality
The external makeover is rounded off by elegant bi-colour paintwork and light-weight,
multi-spoke 19 inch wheels.
The performance of the V-Class has also been upgraded: by optimising the series
standard control device, MANSORY has unlocked the 250 D unit (series:
140kW/440Nm) to provide a mighty 39 kW extra as well enhanced torque of 500 Nm.
Thanks to its extra power, the top speed has been increased by 11 km/h to 210 km/h.
The interior of MANSORY’s V-Class has been upgraded like no other model:
naturally, the driver’s cabin has been refined and features a new airbag sports
steering wheel, carbon shift paddles, aluminium pedals and dashboard, and the foot
mat set ensures the true character of the vehicle is carried into the rear. The rear
section has been made to feel like an executive lounge like those offered to travellers
by the most prestigious airlines.
Between two comfort seats with reclining functions, the central console and its wavy
design helps draw together the elegant design of the interior cabin. Fine woods
featuring strong grains emphasise the tastefully designed style. An optional fridge
with adjustable bottle holders can also be integrated.
The on-board electronic control system has also been attended to and is now hidden
behind the wood panels. All business and relax functions are controlled using the
central touch display, which includes Wi-Fi, seat functions, hands-free calling, and
conference TV screen.
Two conference seats ensure additional variability and can be extended when
needed to face the comfort seats. This means meetings can be held with up to four
participants or the cabin can be turned into a generously proportioned 2-person
Alongside the ebony of the console and some features around the cabin, MANSORY
uses the finest varieties of leather and carefully selected Alcantara to create a touch
and feel that is matched by no other vehicle. The upholstery also showcases the
masterful handiwork and the spirit of manufacturing excellence.