Carlex Design has been around for a while now, and they’ve built a solid industry around providing extensive makeovers for car interiors. Often, when we talk about making over a car, we’re looking under the hood. We might be talking about the paint job. But the interior often feels like an afterthought. Not so with Carlex Design’s Mercedes C434 AMG. For this car, the interior is the shining jewel.
For starters, just about every piece of leather and plastic was removed and replaced with dark Alcantara. Alcantara is a premium suede-like material developed in the 1970s that is used prolifically in high-end and high-performance models. It’s used for covering seats, interior trim, and for the steering wheel. Alcantara is durable and long-lasting, and works as a synthetic alternative to animal products. It is more resistant to harsh use and harsh environments—and it’s pricy, which is why you typically only find it in higher end vehicles.
The Alcantara in Carlex Design’s Mercedes is accented by red stitching, which ties in to the theme of the overall car. You’ll find the material on the seats, door panels, center console, upper and lower dashboard, steering wheel, and in the back. Carlex also included patterns to dress up the interior even more. While the C43 may not be a supercar—it has a 3.0 liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine producing 362 horsepower—it definitely looks like one.