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Carlsson CS50 Versailles is a Golden Mercedes-Benz for China

Published on March 6, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter

Carlsson CS50 Versailles is a Golden Mercedes-Benz for China

The Carlsson CS50 Versailles has been launched on the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The CS50 is based on the Mercedes-Benz S600 and covered with 1000 sheets of gold leaf worth over a 250.000 USD. Carlsson says it takes 200 man-hours to fit the gold, an another 100 man-hours to gold-up the interior:

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The CS50 Versailles has been developed especially for the Chinese market. Carlsson will make only 25 cars and 10 have already been sold. Base price is 3.35 million yuan or $546.000, but that is without taxes. China’s famous import tax will almost double the price to about 6 million yuan or 971.000 USD.

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The CS50 is powered by a souped up version of the Mercedes-Benz twin-turbocharged 6.0 V12 engine, output is  700hp and 1050nm. A CS40 variant with a 4.7 liter V8 will also become available, but that seems an engine to small to carry all that gold around in a safe manner.

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Beautiful detailing, but exhaust fumes will turn that gold into black.

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Twenty inch ‘EVO Versailles’ alloys.

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Even the fake air inlets got gold. Very subtle Carlsson badge on front spoiler, in gold, of course.



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