Based on a number of spy shots taken throughout the United States and based upon confirmation from at least one anonymous source within Mercedes-Benz itself, it’s come out that, apparently, Mercedes-Benz will be the first major luxury auto maker to offer intricate PLAID paint schemes as an exterior vehicle option. This 2011 S class, a test vehicle for the new plaid paint scheme option was spied on the streets of San Francisco, CA early this morning.
Dave Knows Cars’ inside source at Mercedes-Benz had this to say when asked about the rumors of this new exterior paint option:
“We’re constantly looking for ways to further incorporate the long corporate history of Mercedes-Benz into our newest products. In the 1950s we offered plaid interior options on 300SL Gullwing coupes, now we’re just bringing plaid into the 21st century, this time, as an exterior paint option.”
The plaid paint schemes are available as a special order option only at this point, Mercedes-Benz officials say they may begin to incorporate a number of tartan plaids in a number of markets around the world. So far, and not surprisingly, there has been heavy demand from fashion conscious celebrities and movie stars around the globe, but also interest from regular folks in a number of British Commonwealth territories, specifically, Scotland.
“We’re just trying something new and innovative,” says my inside source at Mercedes-Benz “Our almost mirror like Alubeam Silver Metallic color available on the SLS has proven, over the last few years, that at the highest end of the luxury segment, customers are interested in something unique and are willing to pay for it, with the plaid, we’re just trying something different, we’re trying to offer more than our competition.”
The Alubeam Silver Metallic is a $12,000 paint option on SLS models, these special plaid exterior color schemes are expected to demand a bit of a premium over the Alubeam Silver paint option. “Any tartan plaid is available as a custom exterior color” our inside source confirms, “If legendary race driver Jackie Stewart wants his next S class in Stewart Plaid, we can accommodate his request. What other car manufacturer can do that?
Apparently Paris Hilton has already placed an order for a Burberry Plaid G wagen that is expected to be delivered to her L.A. home in late July. If you’re interested in one of these new plaid color schemes, please feel free to give me a call and we can discuss your specific needs.