Mansory builds an unforgettable SLS AMG.
The works of Kourosh Mansory are an acquired taste. Many find the designs and tuning programs to be unattractive, over-the-top, and sometimes just downright unsightly, while others view them as beautiful works of art. The latest program for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG can be viewed as both, depending on what mood you may be in. The new Cormeum was designed by Kourosh Mansory himself, drawing inspiration from the aria Vide Cor Meum – Latin for “Behold now my heart.”
At first glance the Mansory Cormeum looks like a carbon fiber covered SLR. The mistaken identity can be attributed to the new front fascia. Made of carbon, the fascia boasts larger air intakes that suck in air and expel it from the new hood, LED lighting, and features an aerodynamic design that reduces front end lift for greater stability. All four fenders are also new and considerably wider, extending the front axle by 66 mm and the rear by 84 mm. Aerodynamic side skirts further showcase the muscular fenders and help channel airflow. At the rear, the Cormeum is even more aerodynamic than stock. A new bumper has been fitted and houses a race diffuser while the trunk wears a large carbon spoiler, both vastly improving downforce. The entire body of the Cormeum is made entirely of carbon, shedding 198 lbs (90 kg) and adding to the unforgettable looks.
Focus too much on the “stunning” design of the Mansory Cormeum and it’s easy to miss the broad center-locking forged wheels. The seven-spoke wheels measure a wide 9 x 20 up front and 11 x 20 at the rear, and are fitted with 265/30er front and 295/25er rear Michelin rubber. To further emphasize the wheels and improve handling, Mansory has installed new springs and dampers that lower the Cormeum by 20 mm.
Maybe the most inspiring aspect of the Cormeum is the engine, because enough power can make one forget about looks, right? Well, the Cormeum has plenty of it, with even more on the way. The 6.2-liter V-8 that makes 563 horsepower stock has been pushed to 660 horsepower (485 kW) through the use of a new stainless steel exhaust, sports air filters, and revised engine mapping. If 660 horses can’t outrun ugly, the upcoming 800 horsepower upgrade from Mansory surely will.
Inside, occupants are greeted with the sumptuous luxury known to Mansory. Soft leather and supple alcantara can be customized by Mansory to customer specification. The German tuner has also developed and installed a new airbag sports steering wheel and aluminum pedals with carbon inserts to complete the sporty feel of the Cormeum.
Whether it’s looked at as a piece of art of abomination, the Mansory Cormeum Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG will be an incredibly rare sight, as only 15 cars are planned to be produced. Pricing has not been released.
Mansory Cormeum Mercedes SLS AMG Specifications
Displacement: 6.2 liters
Number of Cylinders: V-8
Maximum Horsepower: 660
-Retuned engine management system
-Stainless steel exhaust
-Sports air filters
Type: AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT seven-speed sports transmission
Wheels, Tires, and Suspension:
Wheels: Forged seven-spoke, center-locking
Front Wheels: 9 x 20
Rear Wheels: 11 x 21
Front Tires: 265/30er
Rear Tires: 295/25er
Suspension: New springs and dampers; 20 mm lower
-Entire bodywork in carbon; 198 lbs. (90 kg) lighter
-Carbon front bumper with LED lighting
-Carbon fenders; 66 mm wider at front, 84 mm wider at rear
-Carbon side skirts
-Carbon rear bumper
-Carbon race diffuser
-Carbon trunk spoiler
-Custom tailored leather or alcantara upholstery
-Aluminum pedals with carbon inserts
-Full-size sport airbag steering wheel
Mansory Cormeum Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Gallery
[Source: Mansory Design & Holding GmbH]
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