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Lorinser's fierce 485kW SL

2007-12-05 07:22
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Lorinser
Model Nardo3
Engine 6-litre, Biturbo, V12
Power 485kW
Torque 1013Nm
Sophisticated Swabian Mercedes tuner, Lorinser, has named yet another one of it's fabled Merc creations after the infamous 12.4km Nardo circuit.

The forbidding 12.4 kilometre race track in Southern Italy has become legendary for playing stage to various independently verified high-speed record runs.

Incremental power increase

Lorinser took the startlingly powerful SL65 AMG as a departure point. The Winnenden based tuner set their technicians to work on revising the electronics of the 6-litre, Biturbo V12. The net result is a hike of 35kW and a 13Nm to take power outputs to 485kW and 1013Nm.

These monstrous power outputs - which are very close to the standard SL65 AMG outputs - manage to power the Lorinser Nardo3 to an independently verified 325km/h top-speed.

No trailer queen

In line with the quality doctrine of his company, Lorinser also made sure that the Nardo3 test vehicle is not a souped-up and delicate prototype, but an absolutely reliable daily driver.

Aesthetically the Nardo3 brooks no argument, treating the traditional SL-lines with contempt and remoulding the presence of the car to something altogether more menacing.

The flanks of the Nardo3 are marked by the aggressive front and rear bumpers, widened fenders, and gigantic air intakes used for effectively deflecting the heat generated by the engine and brakes. The exhausts have also been integrated into the rear bumper.

The vehicle's interior still echoes the cosseting Mercedes philosophy of driver comfort, providing the driver with all the creature comforts including comprehensive Alcantara trim on most of the interior equipment.

In an effort to underline the exclusiveness of its vehicles, the company will produce no more than 50 vehicles in its Winnenden production facilities.

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