German tuning specialist Inden Design has just revealed its fresh appearance and engine upgrade program for the 2001-2006 Mercedes-Benz SL 500 R230 luxury performance roadster.
As the German company says in its press release, the main idea was to make the old SL-Class look like the new 2009 SL 65 AMG Black Series monster roadster. (Am I the only person in this room who finds the very idea of this sort of ‘refresh’ somewhat wrong?)
To achieve this noble goal, one would have to buy new SL 65 AMG Bodykit (€5498), add another €548 for the SL 65 AMG rear lights, as well as pay extra €119 for the third brake light outsourced from the face-lifted SL-Class.
Well, you know, I have just checked a set of photos of the aforementioned Black Series model and I must admit that I, for the love of God, can’t find similarities between the two. Tuned by Inden Design, the old SL 500 still looks old, but now costs €6000 and change more than five minute ago, yet its resale value probably remains at the same level as before adding the appearance package.
To refresh the vehicle’s interior, you would have to pay €1059 for the Black Series steering wheel and €950 for the Clavier varnish black decorative features. Pure carbon interior trim would set you back at generous €1998.
As you can see on the high-res photos below, the interior of the car is still pretty archaic with the same pre-Columbian entertainment system and an instrument cluster that, too, looks rather dated when you compare it to the new version.
Add here djustable suspension module (€1648), Inden Champion wheel set 10.5 and 11,75×20 with 255/30 and 305 / 25R 20 tires (€11,700) plus all bodywork necessary to install the wheels (€2200), stainless steel exhaust system (€2498), pure carbon fiber rear air diffuser (€1448), roof control module (€298) and, last but not least, door handles and mudguard in pure carbon €1420. Thank God, all prices include disassemble and installation of respective parts.
All in all, the kit will cost you whooping €31,384 plus the cost of the vehicle, which is around €40,000 for the car in good condition. So, the grand total of this serious face-lifting operation will be around €70,000 and you will still be riding an old vehicle with a number of new parts glued and bolted to it. Hm…
Well, any car owner deserves the right to spend his or her money the way he or she likes, but isn’t it easier just to sell your old car, add the €31,384 plus say good bye to extra €20,000 and get the brand new 2010 SL 350 with an official warranty and all?
Yes, it is always tempting to save some extra money and to fulfill your “new car acquisition syndrome” by refreshing your older vehicle in order to drive it three or four more years without feeling like you lack something. Still, at the end of the day you must understand that what you actually do is that you spend your money without adding any noticeable value to your old horse and possibly risking losing the cash while finally selling it. It is one of those examples when an attempt at saving only leads you to spending even bigger pile of cash.
2001-2006 Mercedes-Benz SL 500 tuned by Inden Design hi-resolution gallery
Photos: Inden Design