2011 Geneva Motor Show Preview: Mansory Cormeum is a strange SLS AMG

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 28, 2011

After we saw the Hamann Hawk, it is time to see another tuning programme for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: behold the Mansory Cormeum. As you can see from the photos, the front end of the car is completely changed and now features a brand new front bumper, bonnet and new headlights borrowed from the Ferrari 599 GTO. We have to admit, the design is quite interesting but we do like the original design, it is much better than this one.

Moreover, the new design also includes new front and rear fenders, side sills, a new rear apron with integrated exhaust system and a new big rear wing. The design is completed by the new 20-inch wheels (21-inch on the rear) nsory wheels wrapped in high performance tires.

Under the hood, the 6.2-liter engine delivers an impressive 660 hp / 485 kW (standard version delivers 563 bhp), but Mansory offers a new performance level where the total output can be increased to 800 hp. Inside, the car features a newly designed centre console, a newly developed full size airbag sports steering wheel, aluminium pedals and real carbon applications.

At first glimpse, the MANSORY Cormeum may appear like a Mercedes SLS AMG, although some people may do a double take. After all, the MANSORY Cormeum was derived from the Mercedes SLS AMG, with several differences separating the development of MANSORY Design & Holding GmbH and the creation of Mercedes-AMG.

The head-turning stunning design of the MANSORY Cormeum was the brainchild of owner and head designer Kourosh Mansory, who himself personally selected the name for the Mercedes SLS AMG derivative. Just like the Bugatti Veyron derivative Vincero, the Mercedes SLS AMG was inspirationally named after an aria -- Vide Cor Meum. Compared to the base Mercedes SLS AMG, the MANSORY Cormeum is around 90 kg lighter but is stiffer, thanks to the optimizations that Kourosh Mansory's team has implemented.

Moreover, MANSORY replaced the roof and the wing doors with its ultra-light developments. MANSORY also replaced the serial bumper with its own front skirt, which has a carefully designed and engineered shape to help reduce the uplifting forces at the front axle.

The front end of the MANSORY Cormeum now features a new LED light unit as well as larger air inlets, giving its front fascia a more dynamic appearance. On the other hand, the interior of the MANSORY Cormeum has been transformed into a highly functional control center that features a state-of-the-art design and a high-level of quality.

Kourosh Mansory's team also employed only the most exquisite materials to provide the interior with a high level of comfort and highly refined elegance. In fact, the highly acceptable and superiorly soft processed leather used on the newly designed center console of the MANSORY Cormeum features special grain and perfect decorative stitches.

Moreover, the MANSORY Cormeum is specified with a full size airbag sports steering wheel as well as aluminum pedals and real carbon applications. Providing superb power output of around 660 hp, the MANSORY Cormeum would have limited production of only 15 examples to be built.

Press Release

MANSORY Cormeum – super sports car in a striking carbon shell

The MANSORY Cormeum leaves few reminders of the Mercedes SLS AMG. The sports car manufactured in Affalterbach is only the basis for the latest development of the automobile manufacturer MANSORY Design & Holding GmbH situated in Brand near Bayreuth. 660 hp and 90 kg less weight are only two unique selling points of this exceptional automobile which can only be obtained in a limited edition of 15 cars. At first glance, the striking design created by its owner and head designer Kourosh Mansory can easily be discerned. Also the name was picked personally by Kourosh Mansory: An aria was already the source of his inspiration for the refined Bugatti Veyron (Vincerò) and this time this is the aria Vide Cor meum.

In order to meet the increased requirements of the sports car when it comes to light weight and torsional stiffness, Kourosh Mansory's team optimises almost the entire car body and also exchanges the roof and the wing doors with ultra-light own developments. A MANSORY front skirt replaces the serial bumper and due to its well-engineered shape it reduces the uplifting forces at the front axle. Larger air inlets in connection with a new LED light unit provide the two-seater with an even more dynamic face.

Additionally, the new front skirt supplies the enlarged cooler with more fresh air and subsequently propels the air out of the new bonnet. MANSORY also replaces the front and rear mudguards with broader newly designed light-weight parts. Therefore, the Cormeum extends by 66 millimetres at the front axle and impressive 84 millimetres at the rear axle. MANSORY side skirts make the two-seater look even lower and longer and perfectly enhance the rims. The rear has also been significantly redesigned by the aerodynamic specialists. The apron has been exchanged and a race diffuser renders additional downforce. A rear spoiler with carbon flaps completes the aerodynamic overall package.

The extended wheel houses of the MANSORY Cormeum are filled with exclusive forged wheels with central locking. They measure 9x20 inches with 265/30er tyres at the front and 11x21 inches with 295/25er tyres at the rear axle. The tyres are provided by MANSORY's partner Michelin. Due to new springs and dampers, the Cormeum' s centre of gravity is 20 mm lower than the basic model and therefore additionally emphasises the exclusive rims.

The core part of the engine modification is the adjustment of high-performance compressors. Also a sports air filter and a sports exhaust system made of stainless steel are fitted. These components are adjusted to each other with the help of a new map for engine electronics. With a top performance of 660 hp / 485 kW and a maximum torque of 4,850 r.p.m., the MANSORY engine exactly meets the wishes of its ambitious motor sports clientele. Another performance increase up to 800 hp is already tested.

As usual, MANSORY turns the interior into a highly functional control centre with unsurpassable quality and innovative design. Only most exquisite materials are used for the interior design and therefore render a high level of comfort. The leather which is processed with masterly skill is very endurable and still extraordinarily soft. The characteristic natural product with its special grain and the masterly perfected decorative stitches render an extravagant impression around the newly designed centre console. Another highlight is the newly developed full size airbag sports steering wheel. The aluminium pedals and the real carbon applications complete the luxurious overall impression of the Cormeum.

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