There are two types of car people, we think. Those who look at a beautiful, powerful machine and think, ‘I’d like that.’ And those who look at the same car and think ‘I can make this even better.’
Tuning company Mansory definitely belong to the latter group. We’ve got something of a soft spot for them – they’re a bit like Brabus, specialising in taking nice, high-powered cars and applying their madness until a monster emerges. They’re not really known for holding back.
Their take on the Mercedes S63 AMG is no different. On the outside, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this is only a sportier version of the original model. The exterior hasn’t been changed too much – Mansory have only added roof and rear lips, adapted daytime running lights and a new bonnet cover, widened front wings and new side skirts.
Inside, they’ve added aluminium pedals, a sportier steering wheel and custom foot mats, though if that’s not enough customers can work with Mansory to create a bespoke design.
Under the bonnet, however, is another story. If you were to buy the S63 from Mercedes, you’d have a car churning out 585hp. Mansory have two alternatives. The M800 variant has 800hp and is electronically limited to 1,200Nm of torque. 0-100km/h takes just 3.6 seconds. But somebody at the company looked at this, shook their head, and figured they could still do better.
And so that brings us to the M1000 edition. A variety of performance upgrades results in 1,000hp and torque limited at 1,400Nm. Its top speed is electronically regulated at 300km/h, presumably to prevent the driver from punching through the sound barrier. It’s still a luxury saloon car, but one which rockets to 100km/h in just 3.2 seconds. To put those figures into some perspective, that’s less than a second slower than the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, which has 1,200bhp and clocks in at 2.6 seconds.
We’ll let that sink in for a moment.
Mansory have had some interesting and dubious creations in the past, but this one we love – it’s almost joyous in its insanity.