Royal 1 Motorsport Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG is a Matte Blue Beauty
Few recent automotive customizing trends seem to have had the kind of staying power that matte or flat exterior finishes have. Just when you think the notion of a car or truck wearing a glossless coating has jumped the shark, nuked the fridge or whatever other hackneyed expression you use to describe something that’s, um, hackneyed, it comes back more powerful than ever. If only other phenomena had that kind of longevity.
And speaking of motoring trends with staying power, the full size coupes built by Mercedes-Benz have always been objects of desire to those who appreciate the finer things in life. Yes, some generations of Stuttgart’s big two-doors have aged better than others (*cough*cough*W126*cough*), but all are handsome, exquisitely crafted hardtop coupes. So what happens if you combine a matte finish with a big Benz coupe? Royal 1 Motorsport seems to have an answer.
Starting with a current CL63 AMG, Royal 1 Motorsport cloaks the shapely exterior (except for the roof, which is gloss black) in a matte blue vinyl wrap that really helps the bulging fenders and character lines pop. But the sheetmetal isn’t the only area that gets wrapped: The rear and side windows are tinted to heighten the contrast between the body and the glass.
Of course, a vinyl wrap and tinted windows can only do so much to alter the appearance of a vehicle. Therefore, Royal 1 Motorsport also swapped out the stock wheels for a set of 22” ADV10 Deep Concave wheels from ADV.1 finished in gloss black, and reduced the ride height through a set of lowering springs. Add a black grille insert and other trim items and you have an altogether sharp looking package.
However, if you want extra power from said package, you’ll be disappointed. Granted, 536hp and 590 lb.-ft of torque from the stock 5.5L biturbo V8 is still impressive no matter how you slice it, but some extra ponies (even just 20 or 30 of ‘em) would have been nice. Then again, if you want a fast Mercedes, you’re probably better off starting with an SL or SLS. But you have to admit, Royal 1 Motorsport has made a pretty compelling argument against doing so.
Source: Royal 1 Motorsport