FAB Design have taken the covers off of the FAB DESign SL Bayard at the Geneva Motor Show 2013. The FAB Design SL Bayard is based on the current Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG (R231). The FAB Design SL Bayard is limited exclusively to 35 pieces. The widebody aerodynamics package is enhanced with 20 inch light alloy rims and the increased output of the powerful engine. The exclusive interior design brings the stylish customization to a full circle.
FAB Design describes the SL Bayard as haute Couture for the road, FAB Design converted an ordinary cabriolet with an exclusive one-of-a-kind outfit. One component of the dynamic front design is the spoiler that is much racier with its over-sized cooling air intakes. The ultra-light, carbon-reinforced new nose component supplies additional fresh air to the turbo-charged front engine. Adding the side skirts, the production-series chassis is broadened by 70 mm in the front and 120 mm in the rear. The FAB designers also revamped the rear view, changing form and function. The new carbon rear spoiler and integrated diffuser stabilise the tail at high speeds and, in connection with the trunk spoiler, generate additional surface contact pressure onto the rear axle.
Tests showed already an increase in power of the SL 63 AMG V8 Otto engine. The result of this interaction between FAB components such as the jazzy tailpipe, sports catalytic converter, and optimized engine characteristics, the output is increased to 630 hp at 5800 RPM. The torque is also raised to 885 Nm at 2000 – 4500 RPM. After the upgrade, the modified Benz races from 0–100 km/h in an astonishing 3.9 seconds.
The wheel/tyre combination of the Bayard proves to be the best possible compromise between comfort and control. The three-piece aluminum wheels, called Evolution Concarve, are fitted in front (format 10×20) with Dunlop tyres, size 265/30 R20. The rear axle in the dimension of 12×20 is mounted with 325/25 R20 tyres. The forged construction makes the wheel exceptionally light compared with the unsprung masses. This improves significantly the vehicle’s handling, acceleration, and braking behaviour.
On the interior of the FAB Design SL Bayard the finest materials are used. Specific stitching is done to each customers wishes. The new design of the ergonomically placed airbag steering wheel provides the driver with a maximum grip.