Larte Design Kits Turn Up the Heat on Infiniti, Mercedes-Benz SUVs

Big luxury SUVs are already all about excess and showing off, but that wasn’t enough for Larte Design. This tuning company has revealed some intense, aggressive-looking body kits for the Infiniti QX80, Infiniti QX60, and the Mercedes-Benz GL that go a long way towards making these big luxury bruisers stand out from the crowd.

Larte Design is a Russian-based tuner that specializes in modifications for luxury SUVs, and the company’s so-called “Black Crystal” kit for the Mercedes-Benz GL is its first foray into the U.S. market. This body kit takes the relatively understated GL and adds all sorts of vents, scoops, and a wild body kit to make it look much crazier than even the wild GL63 AMG. The low front air dam and rear diffuser finished in black add plenty of visual presence, and there’s even a rear-mounted Formula 1-style brake light mounted in the diffuser.

The mechanical changes don’t quite live up to the exaggerated exterior, though, as Larte says it has only modestly increased output from the European-spec GL’s 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6, taking it up 32 hp and 51 lb-ft of torque for totals of 290 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. There’s no word yet on whether Larte will also offer modifications for the gasoline V-8 engines available in the GL450 and GL550 models.

Larte’s take on the Infiniti QX60 crossover is similarly wild, as this tuned three-row SUV wears a totally new grille, body kit, wheels, and a rear diffuser with the same F1-style brake light. The front end also gains a whole host of lighting elements including four fog lights that are flanked by vertical LED lighting strips on either side. And although the Infiniti’s relatively pedestrian 3.5-liter V-6 is unchanged, the Larte-tuned QX60 does feature a new exhaust with so-called “electric valve control” that offers driver-selectable sound levels.

Lastly, the Larte Design Infiniti QX80 is more of the same with its imposing front clip and new matte-black grille, additional vents that apparently provide cooling to the QX80’s V-8 engine, and various fog lights and LEDs. There’s also a body kit along the side, matte-black alloy wheels, and a four pipe exhaust system; on the inside, the QX80’s floor features teak wood and the steering wheels is trimmed in leather and Alcantara.

If any of these exaggerated SUVs strike your fancy, make sure you’ve got plenty of cash on hand, as the Infiniti QX60 kit costs $15,000, the Infiniti QX80 kit costs $18,500, and the full Black Crystal Mercedes-Benz kit tops out at $28,000. When you add this up with the cost of a new luxury SUV, it seems like it’ll take a special kind of buyer to spring for these Larte Design modifications.

For now, those select few interested buyers can order directly from Larte Design and have the kits installed at an authorized shop. Eventually, Larte Design is hoping to offer these kits as dealer-installed accessories; Infiniti of Mission Viejo in California is the only authorized dealer as of yet, but the company is planning to expand these services in the future.

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