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Not many may remember the Mercedes-Benz C111, an experimental vehicle that served primarily as a testbed for new engine designs. It never saw the light of day as an official release, something that GWA Tuning’s owner, Arturo Alonso, thought was a tragedy. That’s why the San Antonio-based tuner has now come up with a remake of the 70′s-era vehicle. Called the Ciento Once (which translates to 111 from Spanish), this one-off retains much of the retro styling of the vehicle but is infused with modern specifications.
Most noticeable on the spec sheet is the AMG M120 V12 engine, the
same mechanical beating heart you’ll find in the Pagani Zonda supercar.
The V12 takes the place of the Wankel engine found on the original C111.
With the AMG engine, the Ciento Once can go for 408 hp. It is coupled
with a Cima H 6-speed transmission and features brakes from the S55 AMG
along with the SLS’ rolling stock with GWA Type A wheels–19-inchers for
the front and 20-inchers out back.
The Ciento Once’s body is handcrafted out of aluminuGWA_CientoOnce_m
and features a rear adjustable wing, a rear diffuser plus a front
spoiler coinciding with a large air intake, and it lies on a spaceframe
chassis. The interior pretty much mimics the C111′s, but with some
modern takes including a set of carbon-fiber seats, a W120R MB-style
instrument panel, brushed-aluminum pedals and door sill illumination.
The prototype is painted in brilliant silver with some black accents.
If you’ve been wowed by the looks and performance of the Ciento Once,
don’t count on it being available for mass consumption. This is most
probably a factory one-off–certainly following the footsteps of the
C111s that came before.