Mercedes-Benz has teamed up with the European rotary-winged aircraft consortium (a sister company of Airbus under the EADS umbrella) to develop a Mercedes-Benz version of the Eurocopter EC145. The helicopter itself is intended to be used for executive commutes, family trips as well as leisure and sport trips but it won’t exceed 167 mph. Nevertheless and for what it may lack in speed, the helicopter more than makes up for it in both comfort and styling.
After all, the EC145 "Mercedes-Benz Style” was conceived by the Mercedes-Benz Advanced Design Studio in Como, Italy, and its interior is inspired by the interiors of the automaker’s range of high-end vehicles. Hence, helicopter features deluxe materials such as elegant woods and ambient cabin lighting. All seats in the helicopter are also mounted on rails and can be easily reconfigured to seat four to eight passengers or removed to make room for all that extra luggage for a family vacation.
However and if you are already imagining yourself buzzing around the skies over London in your very own SL65 AMG, you may want to first consider the price tag. While ordinary Eurocopter EC145s start at US$5.5 million, the Mercedes-Benz version will probably go for closer to €6 million or approximately US$8.5 million. For that much, you could probably buy a whole fleet of Mercedes-Benz – along with a large London parking garage to store them in!