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Another Look: Alpine Morphes the Mercedes R500 into the Imprint RLS

Posted in General by will bee | July 21st, 2007 | 2 Responses |

It is sometimes amazing what innovative design and the guts and willingness to do it can achieve. Take Alpine Electronics redesign of the Mercedes-Benz R500 into the audio and visual experience that is the Imprint RLS.

Mercedes R5002007 Alpine Imprint RLS

It would normally take Disney imagin-eers to take a working model and reshape it into something both classic and magical at the same time. The bones of the original are hardly visible in the reshaping of the R500 until you compare the sloping of the windshields and the measuring of the tapering at the top. Elegance is truly reborn in the handcrafted molding of the Imprint RLS.

Mercedes R500Alpine Imprint RLS

In looking from the rear of the two cars side by side some similarity in the shape of the body and rear window appear present but are overshadowed by the molding around the rear wheels and overwhelming Mercedes-Benz imblem. The single suicide door with the attached seat is a complete departure from the 4-door original counterpart.

The intent on Alpine Electronics part to create the Imprint RLS was to house their ultimate audio system in a way that stimulates the participant on multiple levels. From a visual perspective I would have to attest that they have surely succeeded in making a stunning design worthy of many decibels of applause [Press PLAY for Applause track now].

Alpine Imprint RLS

To see more of the Imprint RLS and to learn more about the sound system to fuels this one-off, futuristic studio go to Serious Wheels or look for it on tour in a auto show near you. You can also learn more about the Imprint RLS on Alpine-USA with both video and photos available.

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2 Responses

  1. Dee says:

    Wow.. that’s a big change. Looks like something that would be on the Batman movies.. very impressive design.

  2. Mihdi says:

    Very different. Not your standard mercedes that’s for sure.