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Hofele-Design Customizes Mercedes-Benz ML and Calls it the Starcruiser GT 550

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German tuner Hofele-Design has spent some time fettling the latest generation of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class and the outcome is a fully customized model series, which it names "Starcruiser GT 550".

Beginning with the ML's exterior, the tuning house has developed a 14-piece wide body kit that adds a new front bumper with big air intakes and LED daytime running lights, front and rear fender extensions, side skirts, a rear apron with a diffuser shrouding quad stainless-steel tailpipes, a tailgate spoiler and various trim pieces.

The aero package can be bought separately for €6,500 or about US$8,300 at today's exchange rates.

Customers can complete the look by choosing from the tuner's "Reverso II" alloy wheels in 20- and 22-inch diameters.

A lot of work has also gone in customizing the interior that boasts hand-stitched leather surfaces in three different shades and ornamental seams covering the seats, door panels, steering wheel, and front and rear arm rests.

On the performance front, Hofele-Design has created an electronic lowering module for the air suspension that can lower the vehicle's ride height by 40mm at speeds of up to 80km/h (50mph).

For now, there are two engine kits for the diesel-powered ML250 and ML350 BlueTEC models. In the latter, output is lifted from 255Hp (258PS) and 620Nm (457 lb-ft) to 308Hp (312PS) and 700Nm (516 lb-ft) respectively.


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1 Comments:

Sophisticated Styling said... »September 07, 2012

Nicely accomplished. One of the better, more refined aftermarket touches I've seen to date for this model. The interior work alone has got to cost a pretty penny or two.

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