An SUV that is lavishly comfortable and has a practical nature. That is how we could describe the Mercedes-AMG GLS63. It is easily the S Class of the SUV segment, which makes it among the most generously luxurious utility vehicles in the world. When specified with available options, AMG GLS63 won’t lose easily to other premium seven-seater SUVs in the world, both in terms of luxury and sportiness. Even the price of the AMG GLS63 is already opulent, with a premium of around $30,000 over its Mercedes-Benz GLS550 sibling.
However, the luxurious character of a typical AMG GLS63 pales compared to a recent creation of notorious Latvian auto firm Dartz whose ancestor company was responsible for building luxurious coaches for Russian Tsars. Now, Dartz is continuing this legacy and its own notoriety by offering extra-luxurious creations, the latest of which is the 2017 Dartz Prombon Black Alligator that is based on the AMG GLS63.
Before you make any quick conclusions, this AMG GLS63-based work has been dubbed as the Prombon Black Alligator but it is not just about the looks. Yes, this bespoke creation – judging from the teaser image provided by Dartz – looks like a black alligator ready to pounce on its prey. However, that is not all. This Prombon Black Alligator actually uses alligator skin for its interior – including on its seats and on the steering wheel. Moreover, Dartz seems to be a fan of the “name it, we have it” business philosophy, as it also offers the use of materials derived from the skins of stingrays, sheep, ostriches, crocodiles, pythons and sharks. No wonder Dartz has gained so much notoriety.
Taking care of such lavish requests is Dartz’s standalone division, the Department of Opulence. It is much like Bentley’s Mulliner and Rolls-Royce Bespoke units, although the Department of Opulence goes beyond just being lavish. If a customer wanted to, the Department of Opulence could even wrap the interior in gold, platinum, silver or even diamond, and add any lavish details. Of course, such requests come at a hefty price.
In the case of the 2017 Prombon Black Alligator, its exterior has been heavily modified with a body-work made from Kevlar and Carbon Fiber, even though it is a non-armored car. In fact, the Prombon Black Alligator has been so heavily revised that no one could easily determine whether it was derived from an AMG GLS63. For customers who want ultimate protection, Dartz is offering to endow the 2017 Prombon Black Alligator with a Kevlar-coated Titanium body.
Power of the bi-turbo 5.5-liter V8 engine, meanwhile, is upped from 577 hp (430 kW) and 560 pound-feet (760 Nm) of torque to a max package of 1,600 hp (1,193 kW) and 1,106 lb-ft (1,500 Nm). Power packages are also offered in 760 hp, 850 hp and 1,100 hp.