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Oh Là What? Carlsson CS50 Versailles Attempts to Rule Geneva

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/28/2014 Erick Ayapana

Does this Carlsson CS50 Versailles makes you think of Louis the Great’s palace? If so, then the folks at Carlsson did their job because that was the source of inspiration for this golden Mercedes-BenzS-Class-based sedan, which will undoubtedly drop jaws at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

Customized as “a tribute to the French aristocratic way of life”, the Carlsson CS50 Versailles starts life as a classy 2015 S-Class and is transformed into a garish sedan that is targeted at ultra-rich Chinese clients. Carlsson claims that over 300 man-hours are needed to create each CS50 Versailles.

For starters, the exterior work consists of over 1000 sheets of “wafer-thin gold leaf” applied to the sheet metal, grille, bumpers and door handles. The gold is applied and clear-coated in a process that takes over 14 days to ensure it’s as durable as regular paint. The wheels are special too, with a mirrored finish to mimic the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. Other additions include a body kit with a front lip spoiler, trunk lid spoiler, and blocky exhaust tips.

© Provided by MotorTrend The gold doesn’t stop on the outside. Inside, almost $16,000-worth of gold is used to adorn accent trim pieces like the steering wheel, cup holders, and Benz’s Comand infotainment controls. Customers will also have their choice of leather finishes and patterns, as well as high-tech entertainment additions like HD screens and Wi-Fi hotspot system.

Three trim levels are available starting with the CS40 and CS50 Versailles (both powered by a twin-turbo V-8) and the CS65 Versailles, which has a twin-turbo V-12 under its hood making 690 hp and 774 lb-ft of torque. Prices range from $268,000 to $545,340. Only 25 will be built and Carlsson claims that 10 customers have already claimed their rolling tribute to French royalty.

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