Getting back to Carlsson an their tuning project, it’s called the CS50 Versailles Edition and has been covered in gold using thousands of leaf sheets and about 300 man hours of painstaking work. The German company says this has been done for “China’s ultra-wealthy ‘Taipan’ clients; the new ‘royalty’ of the Middle Kingdom".
They plan to make a total of 25 limited edition, gold-plated Mercedes limos and say 10 people have already ordered theirs, paying up to €395,000 / $545,000.
Just to prove there’s reason behind the madness, let us just tell you the Carlsson has already put two amazing tuning kits for the new S-Class last year. One is for the S500’s 4.7-liter twin-turbo V8 and takes it to 610 hp and 900 Nm (663 lb-ft) of torque, the other for the S 63 AMG, pushing it to a monstrous 780 hp and 1,060 Nm of torque.
To conclude, we don’t think the Chinese are buying French palaces on wheels. They’re buying German battleships plated in gold.