If you want to pimp your whatever-brand luxury wheels there are quite a few companies that I can recommend, in Europe especially. However, for over-the-top and crazy makeovers you better deliver your favorite vehicle to Latvian the aftermarket company Dartz based in Riga. Their recently completed project is named Dartz Mercedes-AMG Black Alligator, and it is something we all have to see it to believe it. But we will read it here instead of seeing it in person.
Dartz’s also sent out an entertaining press release relating to their new line. So let’s start with this little gem about their beginnings and Soviet era, “70 years after LEN:IN’s rap, one more not less insane guy Leo decided to continue traditions of car building in Riga. He started DARTZ on May 26th, 1988, as soon as Michail Gorbachev a.k.a. Gorby, one of Louis Vuitton faces, allowed soviet people to ‘do business’.”
The 2016 Mercedes-AMG GLS63 S they worked on came with a 585hp engine. They have upgraded it to a handmade 5.5 Liter V8 Biturbo petrol engine but retained the same 585hp. For someone looking to add more spice to the vehicle, Dartz offers packages that include 760hp, 850hp, 1100hp or 1600hp and up to 1500 Nm of Torque.
Here is some more of that Latvian humor “Every car is tailor made to the last detail, even the craziest request. One customer wants a militarized car, other the absolute excess in luxury by having an alligator/stingray steering wheel with 292 black diamonds and 2 rubies on a white gold steering wheel badge.” I think this is an open invitation to West Coast rappers.
For those of you not into Black Alligator, they offer a host of other material, skin and leather options to pick from such as stingray, crocodile, python, alligator, ostrich, shark, and sheep. For exteriors, they have packages that can make a Mercedes look like a Lamborghini or even a Hyundai. They turn them upside down and inside out, you just can’t guess the original make. That is just what happened with the Dartz Mercedes-AMG Black Alligator – it now has a set of Jeep Grand Cherokee headlights. Additional work includes adding new grilles, air intakes and daytime running lights.
This is funny. For Dartz, the Black Alligator’s key is a very, very important part. Dartz owner Leonard Yankelovich has strong feelings about it, “Also key. That’s also important. MB have same keys even its shitty A class or SLR.” To solve the shitty key problem they glamered up the S-Class key like this.
If there is a bold name celebrity brave enough to get his/her vehicle redesigned by Dartz and at the same time want to avoid pesky paparazzi there is a solution for that. Dartz calls it the Anti-Paparazzi System. The system works via a bunch of sensors installed in the car that can detect IR signals from cameras, which in turn determines the focal distance and flash intensity. Once these signals detected and numbers calculated, the vehicle sends a series of blindingly strong strobe lights on photographer’s way.