With the added impact of MEC Design styling. Vogue Auto Design has transformed this SL55 AMG. Tuner car Vogue Auto Design SL55 R230 – white knight. With MEC Design’s axiom one widebody kit plus new alloy wheels and a host of performance upgrades, vogue auto design has turned this SL55 AMG into a mean wide boy roadster. This piece of German engineering mastery was destined for something more.
20-inch VF1 forged wheels by Vogue Auto Design. SL’s signature side vents much deeper here. Silver mesh much needed for the SL55’s gaping front intakes. Wide bore exhaust pipes sit within an aggressive diffuser. It took the people at #VAD
a few weeks to transform the roller, to street warrior.
When I was a young boy, I read many amazing stories about knights in shining armour. Stories of great battles from times gone by, featuring brave warriors fighting for their right to be free and live in peace. Each story had a main character with a great destiny to fulfil, involving a journey to an unknown land where no other had dared to go before. These individuals are the stuff of legends.
The hero of this story comes in the form of an R230 SL, which was originally a stock SL55 #AMG
with black armour. Black SL55s are rare to come by, but in the eyes of its owner Christopher Mellor, it wasn’t quite special enough.
Whether you agree or not with the car’s transformation, you must reserve judgement until the full details are revealed.
Christopher has a taste for all types of rare and legendary cars, and over the years he has acquired a #Porsche #Boxster
done up for the track, plus a #Toyota
DB7, #Mitsubishi #3000GT
, one of only four Lynx Jaguars ever built, and now this SL55 AMG upgraded to 500bhp. His passion is so deep that he will find the rarest examples of cars to add to his collection. “I was going to simply buy a second car, but while searching online I came across #VAD
. I spoke to the company and took references on the quality of its work,” Christopher recalls. He was so impressed with what he learned, and after seeing a #MEC-Design
bodykit for an #SL55
on VAD’s website (vogueautodesign com), he just had to find a stock model and make his own mark.
FROM DARK TO LIGHT
He knew the SL55 was a rare car, and normally he would keep it standard, but after laying eyes on the MEC bodykit, this piece of German engineering mastery was destined for something more profound in his hands. "The MEC bodykit required a base SL55, so I bought a 10-year old one, unseen in Yorkshire, with a high specification and low mileage, always knowing that it would be overhauled and upgraded," Christopher remembers. The major factor in the journey that the SL55 would take was its colour change from black to white - a white knight amongst darker coloured counterparts located around the world.
The kit you see on this mighty Merc is MEC Design’s Axiom One upgrade, which consists of a custom bonnet, new bumpers front and rear (the latter with a diffuser), side skirts, wheelarch extensions for added visual impact, and a rear spoiler. It took the people at VAD a few weeks to transform the Merc from stock roller to street warrior, including applying the now signature white armour paint.
Vogue Auto Design carried out a lot of research in the industry when it came to supplying the best bodykits on the market, and after seeing the quality of MEC Design’s work, it made sense to become a UK importer.
For those of you who are not familiar with MEC Design, it is one of Europe’s leading #Mercedes-Benz
tuning companies that specialises in not just bodykits, but also alloy wheels, lowering kits, engine performance enhancements and interior upgrades. It was founded way back in #1999
and created its first widebody kit for an #R129
SL in #2001
. Since then, MEC Design has grown from strength to strength. You can find out more about the company by visiting www.mecdesign.de.
REAR OF THE YEAR
I can see why Christopher opted to have the kit instead of keeping the SL55 stock, as boy does it bring out the beast in this Mercedes-Benz! Take a moment to absorb just how wide and aggressive this car now looks, complete with its facelifted R230 appearance. A set of VAD’s #VF1
forged wheels were bolted on and, at 10 inches wide at the front and 13 inches wide at the rear, they reinforce the incredible stance.
Not only does the exterior look super aggressive, but the heart of the beast has also gone through a transformation to give it more grunt. VAD entrusted SKG Performance to give the V8 a Kleemann boost kit. This consists of a smaller pulley and ECU remap, including the removal of the speed limiter and an additional programme for the tubular headers - these also made by Kleemann and complemented by new downpipes to help remove exhaust back pressure, allowing the engine to breathe more freely and produce more power. List on #SKG
’s list was a Quaife limited-slip differential to aid traction, handling and braking. Vogue Auto Design then fitted its own stainless steel back box and a Kleemann intercooler pump to help reduce intercooler heat soak and improve recovery time.
Having grown his business over the years before selling it, Christopher has gifted himself the financial freedom to explore his passion for cars. In the case of this SL55 AMG, he wanted to do something different and take the car to another level in the aesthetic and performance departments. It is safe to say he has achieved his goals, and then some.
The red interior provides a great contrast to the exterior.
ECU remap and supercharger pulley upgrade give 500bhp.
Facelifted looks for this earlier R230 thanks to MEC.
Thickly bolstered seats with a pulse massage function.
Soft, perforated leather for the SL’s sumptuous chairs