Run for the hills: this is the Scaldarsi Emperor I
New tuner has made an 888bhp, rose gold Mercedes Maybach. Yours for £1.1million
Just as we thought the likes of Mansory and other purveyors of questionable taste were cleaning up their act in the tuning game, a new fabricator has arrived and wants to sully the scene with chintz.
Say hello to the Emperor I, a rose gold Mercedes-Maybach S600 by Scaldarsi. And this Emperor really is in new clothes. See, where the new Mercedes-Maybach S600 is a totem of understated opulence, Scaldarsi’s version… isn’t.
First off, there’s that quite combatant body kit, which, from the dead-ahead, has quite the resemblance to a Vauxhall Insignia VXR. It, like many of the newly modified panels, is finished in 24-carat rose gold to go with the accents, monster wheels and exhaust tips.
Inside, the S600’s lavish interior – scatter cushions and all – remains. However, it’s been reskinned in pretty much every animal imaginable. A total of 24 (pretty much a big-game safari) different types of hides are available to line the interior, and can be dyed in 28 different colours. These can all be contrasted by 78 types of wood, with 16 exterior paint options available. Or, like the pictures above show, you can get drunk on steampunk and finish everything in copper.
However, it’s the customisation options on the already heavily customised car that impress most. If you so wish, you can spec custom-engraved champagne glasses, matching tote bags, and even an Emperor Edition Rolex watch. It gets better. If the normal Mercedes key fob is too vanilla for you, why not have your own gauche jingle-jangle Scaldarsi variant?
The Scaldarsi Emperor I is a Mercedes-Maybach S600 taken to 11 on the bad-taste scale
We promise there’s a Maybach under there. Somewhere
The custom car world is filled with vehicles designed by people that don’t know when to quit. The Scaldarsi Emperor I, shown here in all its awful rose-gold glory, appears to have been designed by an enthusiast of the KFC Double Down. It’s a hideous creation and we can’t let it pass without saying so. We also can’t look away.
Scaldarsi’s so-called “artists” have thoroughly reworked what was a perfectly wonderful Mercedes-Maybach S600. In addition to the 24-karat rose gold accents, the company has crafted a new front fascia and modified the side and rear treatments. Inside, the general S600 shape remains, but new leather and wood cover nearly every surface. Your insane imagination will not be tamed, as there are 24 colors for the leather, 24 types of animal hides, 78 types of wood, and 16 exterior body colors available. The result, at least in the publicity shots, is a mix of awkward textures and seats that look like a pile of colorful marshmallows.
Those interested in purchasing an Emperor I can option custom-engraved champagne glasses, matching tote bags, and even an Emperor Edition Rolex watch. If the standard key fob is too common for your taste, they’ll make you one custom. Watch out for that Scaldarsi logo, though – it looks mean enough to rip through your pocket and take a chunk out of your leg.
We will give Scaldarsi credit for wisely letting Brabus handle the power. The Emperor I uses the 6.3-liter twin-turbocharged V12 from the Brabus Rocket 900. This 888-horsepower monster is a tuned version of the V12 AMG uses in the S65, SL65, and G65. The Emperor I has an estimated 0-60 mph time of just 3.7 seconds, which is quick enough to leave stoplights before anyone recognizes you behind the wheel.
Scaldarsi is asking a mere $1.5 million for each of 10 examples being created. If you miss out on the Emperor I or are some kind of twisted completist that needs one of each, this just the first in a series of customs the company will offer. Next up is the Emperor II (a Mercedes-AMG S65 Coupe), which will be followed by the Emperor III (Bentley Bentayga), Emperor IV (Mercedes-AMG G65), and Emperor V (Bugatti Chiron). Lord help us all.
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