Anibal Automotive Design Sends the Mercedes-Benz SL to Phat Camp
With the new R231 chassis Mercedes-Benz SL550 and SL63 AMG now available (and the SL65 AMG, a.k.a. Last of the V12 Interceptors, coming soon), it’s safe to assume the old R230 SL is old news, right? Not to many tuners it isn’t. As more and more used R230s pass into the hands of younger buyers for a fraction of their original MSRPs, said younger buyers often want extra speed, style or both, which is great news for the aftermarket.
One of the aftermarket firms eager to capitalize on this emerging trend is Anibal Automotive Design. The Montreal, Quebec based company is so new that its website isn’t finished yet, but that hasn’t stopped it from releasing a cornucopia of renderings of this extreme widebody kit (dubbed simply Elite) for the big Benz roadster on . So what are we looking at here, folks?
Well, the new front bumper and grille assembly gives the post-facelift (2008-’11) SL an even more different look, with three enormous lower intakes and an SLR McLaren-style split grille. The bumper is also considerably wider than the stock one, as are the front fenders (with huge vents), rocker panels, rear quarter panels, and the rear bumper. The aforementioned bumper features rear-facing vents and a diffuser.
The hood has also been replaced with an aggressive vented unit, and the trunk is topped by a demure rear spoiler. The back of the decklid, including the rear license plate recess, is refinished in black to tie the taillights together. Finally, the stock wheels are ditched in favor of a set of big, dished five-spokes wrapped in Pirelli tires. There are some hints of SLR McLaren, and other parts that suggest the R230 SL65 AMG Black Series, but on the whole, the Elite has a look all its own.
As for other details, well, Anibal hasn’t really said anything else. No mention of power upgrades, or pricing for all the cosmetic components. However, we’re guessing Anibal won’t have any trouble moving every Elite kit in can produce. Hopefully we’ll be getting a glimpse of a real one (rather than a computer manipulated guesstimate of how the final product will look) sooner rather than later.
Source: Anibal Automotive Design