Before every new Speedhunters theme starts at the beginning of the month, I always try to find some exclusives cars to feature. One of the cars I wanted to do was the Mercedes CLS owned and driven by RJ De Vera. I remember reading about RJ in a Belgium magazine called Opgezet, which featured his deep candy apple red NSX. The next month, the same magazine featured his mother’s car, a turbocharged Honda Odyssey.
So for this Luxury and Exotic month, I knew I had to feature his latest design, this Mercedes CLS. In the end it was a hard getting in touch with RJ because he was moving to a new location. I already had given up hope featuring this car this month, but then just when I was just settling down on a terrace with some friends this afternoon, Rod called and said he got an email with all the pictures from RJ. So after finishing my dinner I rushed home and started writing before the month ends and we start with our new AWD theme.
The base car is a Mercedes CLS 550 which has been turned into this head turner by using carefully selected parts. I’ll start in the rear with the rear diffuser lip and the 3-piece wing that are part of the entire Brabus bodykit.
The idea was to make a car that would stand out and have an integrated, cohesive feeling. At the start of the build RJ had already pictured the car in his head. He says “In the beginning I was set on giving the car a theme that combined South Beach chic and my love for BAPE (a popular limited edition fashion line from Japan) purple camo. I had most of the outside of the car already set.”
But things in your head don’t always look good in real life, so together with Platinum Motorsport they came up with this black and white theme.
The chrome window trims and roof trim were all painted black, but it didn’t stop there. Even the Brabus exhaust has been ceramic coated in matte black
Another major component of the Brabus body kit is the Rocket version front bumper. To continue the black and white theme, Platinum Motorsport gave the roof a super gloss black finish. Other parts that were painted black are the Asma front grill, logos and the hood trims. The headlights were also taken apart to paint the housing black.
The fenders are made by Asma and feature these huge gills. One of the most important thing about this car had to be the wheels, that’s all because RJ not only uses this car as his daily driver but also uses it as a promotional tool for his brand of RO-JA wheels.
RJ used a set of RO-JA Formula 77 wheels, they measure 20×9 in the front and 20×11 in the rear with a satin black finish and titanium rivets.
Behind the wheels we see a set of custom yellow painted Brembo brakes. The set consists of 8 pot calipers in the front and 6 pot calipers in the rear.
I noticed that a lot of the cars parks and garages in America are always empty, how come?
This bespoke interior has been made by Platinum Motorsports featuring a lot of alcantara and custom stitching. Just look at the diamond stitches on the seats. It gives the interior a real luxury feel and look.
The dashboard has also been treated with the alcantara and leather… it’s all in the details.
The seats in the back are not forgotten, gotta keep your passengers happy right?
Ah I made it, my final contribution to this month’s luxury and exotic theme. I also wanted to thank RJ de Vera for the pictures that he took. Cheers RJ!