It has only been one week since the American multi-brand tuner Vorsteiner -a company that is mostly associated with high-grade custom wheels, but also has a good reputation when it comes to all sorts of aerodynamic kits for luxury vehicles- revealed its tuning package for the 2008 BMW M3 (E92) compact sports sedan. Now, to keep the public interested, the company introduces its Black Widow tuning kit for the outrageous Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Series. Although sounding a bit pretentious, the kit indeed looks very organic and as aggressive as a hungry venomous spider attacking a caterpillar.
Unlike packages from super-tuners like Brabus or RENNtech, the Vorsteiner’s Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG Black Widow is not a comprehensive tuning program, but only a set of new wheels combined with an aero-kit: a set of body parts that includes a new front and rear bumpers, as well as wider side skirts that, Vorsteiner claims, improve the vehicle’s aerodynamics and increase down-force at higher speeds.
Of course, if the kit is really working, your car will be much safer at speeds higher than 300km/h. Say, on a track. Also, there is a chance that the vehicle will also produce less aerodynamic noise: a feaure that is always welcomed by the kind of people who buy sports cars from Mercedes-Benz that always care an extra hundred kilos of sound-proofing just to make you more comfortable while negotiating a lap on Nurburgring or Silverstone.
The good news is that while most body kits are made of different sorts of plastics (in the best case scenario, if you are lucky, this is a PUR-RIM material, but in most cases it is nothing as impressive) this one is manufactured using dry carbon fiber: a technology of making carbon-fiber parts that are both stronger and lighter than those crafted from more traditional “wet” carbon.
When we get our hands on one of these kits for a more comprehensive review, we’ll try to weight the car to see if there is any power-to-weight advantage between the Black Widow and a stock CLK 63 AMG Black Series. As for now, rest assured that the kit will definitely be lighter than a similarly styled package made from plastics.
On the other hand, it will surely be more expensive.
Judging by the photos disseminated together with the brand’s official press release, there are some interior enhancement elements, too.
The interior trim has a carbon-fiber look, but something tells me that this is just an imitation. Some kind of film or something, I suppose.*
* Well, it is my pleasure to make a correction to this brief review: I have been informed that the interior trim is indeed crafted from carbon-fiber panels that are treated with a thick layer of lacquer that provides the parts with the deep glossy look that you see on the promotional photos. Frankly, it would be nice to see more interior plastic panels to be replaced with carbon-fiber ones, but that would probably make the cost of the vehicle close to astronomical.
Damn, this one is hot. I only wish that those black-colored rims were also made of carbon, but this is definitely some light alloy metal.