Fairy Design Mercedes-Benz CLA Flares Up
It really wasn’t that long ago when Mercedes-Benz purists the world over launched a collective hissyfit in response to the introduction of the 190-Class (Chassis code W201) in the 1980s. Consequently, we can’t imagine how much madder those same people were when they heard about the CLA, which adds front-wheel-drive to the Mercedes-Benz sedan blasphemy casserole that already contains the adjectives “compact” and “affordable.” So what would they make of this rather outrageous widebody CLA?
This buxom body kit comes courtesy of a Japanese outfit by the name of Fairy Design. Being a widebody kit, the kit is of course dominated by a quartet of fender flares (with the exposed fasteners that seem to be all the rage over in the Land of the Rising Sun), but it also includes a new front splitter, rear diffuser, side skirts and a dandy ducktail rear spoiler. Of course, if you want to take full advantage of the kit, you’re going to want to slam the suspension and pick up a set of wider wheels and tires.
And for the price Fairy Design is charging for the kit (Roughly $4,900.), you should have a fair amount of coinage leftover for suspension and wheel/tire upgrades. The fuddy-duddies who dust their concours-judged SSKs and Adenauers with cotton swabs will be unmoved, but that’s their problem.
Source: Fairy Design