Our project car for 2015 is this beautiful S-Class 550. Image by Patrick Lim Photography.

Our project car for 2015 is this beautiful S-Class 550. Image by Patrick Lim Photography.

It’s been a while since we’ve done a project car here at ESM – the last one being the 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage for our Becoming Bond article series.

Since then, we’ve been working on creating another Becoming Bond project car.

But this time, we created something worthy of Mr. Bond’s nemesis – an all black 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550.

We decided we wanted to make a car fit for a Bond villain this time around. Image by Patrick Lim Photography.

We decided we wanted to make a car fit for a Bond villain this time around. Image by Patrick Lim Photography.

We wanted to murder the car out but have it be very driveable, so we used upgrades and customization with the intent of the vehicle to be used as a daily driver.

The new S-class we procured for this project is a pretty amazing vehicle to begin with and it came fully loaded with everything from front massaging seats, to reclining rear seats, to the top-end Burmeister sound system.

Murdered out and all the stereo work was done in conjunction with the stock system. Image by Patrick Lim Photography.

Murdered out and all the stereo work was done in conjunction with the stock system. Image by Patrick Lim Photography.

Here’s a full list of upgrades on our project car:

  • Reus custom stereo with an additional two amps and two 10-inch subwoofers to compliment the factory 8 in the upgraded Burmeister factory system
  • All sound upgrades installed behind factory stereo and completely concealed
  • Suspension lowering
  • Custom exhaust
  • New air filters
  • Lightly smoked rear lenses
  • Tint 20% all around, 50% windshield
  • 22-inch semi-gloss black Lexani CSS 15 wheels in staggered fitment
  • Custom painted semi-gloss black grill, emblems, window moldings, exhaust tips, reflectors, door handle trim and diffuser
Custom painted 22" Lexani CSS 15 wheels fit perfectly with the car's sinister lines. Image by Patrick Lim Photography.

Custom painted 22″ Lexani CSS 15 wheels fit perfectly with the car’s sinister lines. Image by Patrick Lim Photography.

We think you’ll agree – our labs have created a nemesis car worthy of a true anti-hero (who coincidentally likes to listen to impeccable music while getting a hot stone massage).

The 22" Lexani CSS 15 wheels fit perfectly flush with our 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 project car. Image by Patrick Lim Photography.

The 22″ Lexani CSS 15 wheels fit perfectly flush with our 2015 Mercedes-Benz S550 project car. Image by Patrick Lim Photography.

All stereo work performed by Rick Reus and Cliff Johnson from www.reusaudio.com.  All body work and painting done by Ralph Biase and Rey Ramos from www.rbtechla.com.

Special thanks to Brian Pecen from http://lexani.com for the CSS 15 wheels used on this project.

All photos by Patrick Lim Photography – patlimphotography.com.

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