The Scaldarsi Emperor I is a big no-no for Mercedes-Maybach S600 purists and fans

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2016

When people get their sweet rides into the hands of some tuning companies, chances are it’s in for an extra something – or more. We’ve been used to seeing auto tuning companies the likes of Mansory do more than just enough to some of its projects. Not all come to like the over-the-top impact. Some of their tuning projects have received more than a few dejected reactions from purists and fans alike, most likely in the way that these tuning companies have turned once-beautiful pieces into a hideous collection of metal and steel.

But throw out all thoughts that that they’ve retired from the practice of turning a handsome car into a horrifying piece of metal. Just recently, Scaldarsi unveiled their newest collection called the Emperor collection; and the first amongst 11 models to get the emperor treatment is the Mercedes-Maybach S600 which they have called the Scaldarsi Emperor I. From what we’ve seen so far, the car gets an 11 score on the bad-taste scale because most people think the auto tuner could’ve done more than ruin the image of the already glamorous S600. We just can’t un-see.

How bad is it you ask? Well first of all, the car looks already stunning on the outside except that the so-called artists who worked on it thought it fun to put some 24-karat rose gold accents. Rose gold is certainly a thing now but who does that with their car, right? The rose gold accent really does pop out but it does not mean that it looks good on an S600. Other than that, the company made a new front fascia and did a bit of modification such as side and rear treatments.

But the horror doesn’t stop there because as you look at the interior of the car, you’ll notice that it is beyond anything comprehensible. The interior comes in a mixture of 24 colors for the leather, some 24 types of animal hides (which we’re hoping has been approved of by the government and wild life conservation groups), and 16 choices of exterior body colors. Although the original shape of the S600 remains, leather and wood have covered nearly every surface making it unrecognizable for some. It is an awkward mixture of textures, making the seats look like a marshmallow farm.

We do not know if Scaldarsi is trying to make up with customers for the revolting turnout of the Emperor I or if it is trying to hold up the act of making every Emperor I owner feel like a V.I.P., but the auto tuner is offering a range of custom-made items. Customized items range from custom-engraved champagne glasses to matching tote bags and an Emperor Edition Rolex watch. But you better watch out for the Scaldarsi logo on these items as it looks like it could rip through your pocket and get a good chunk out of your leg.

Fortunately, not all things are bad for the Emperor I. Brabus took care of this big boy’s powertrain by using a 6.3-liter twin-turbocharged V12 coming from the Brabus Rocket 900. It can produce 888 horsepower and can launch the Emperor I from 0 to 60 mph in just a matter of 3.7 seconds, quick enough to avoid the prying eyes of the public.

Thankfully, Scaldarsi thought it better and decided to produce only 10 units of the said vehicle, each of which is priced at around $1.5 million dollars. It is the first in the series with a Mercedes-AMG S65 Coupe next in line as the Emperor II, followed by the Emperor III Bentley Bentayga, then the Emperor IV Mercedes-AMG G65, and the Emperor V in the likes of the Bugatti Chiron. It looks like we’re down to hoping and praying that the next instalments would look better.

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