Forget the AMG GT R: the latest ‘sports car’ from Mercedes-Benz is even more exclusive. The (deep breath) Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Car is the result of a competition to design the golf cart of the future.
A 3 kw electric motor comes from Garia, and gives a range of 50 miles – more than enough to cover 18 holes. Top speed is a heady 19 mph, which should test the double wishbone suspension, rear spoiler and carbon fibre diffuser to their limits. Or, at the very least, make sure you get to the clubhouse before lunch.
However, it’s the design of this aptly-named Style Edition that really sets it apart. Hawkish headlamps, a Mercedes-style grille and five-spoke alloys are features more often seen on passenger cars, while the carbon fibre roof resembles a ‘sporty baseball cap’. Apparently.
The interior of the cart is equally high-tech, with an iPad-style touchscreen that displays information such as speed, range and power use. ‘Drivers’ can also switch between ‘eco’ or ‘sport’ modes, or – if they feel like taking it easy – listen to the Bluetooth audio system with a chilled drink from the fridge under the bench seat.
So, is the Mercedes-Benz golf cart below par or a hole-in-one? The German marque has only produced two ‘show’ examples so far, but public reaction will determine its fate. One thing is for sure, it won’t be cheap.
Interestingly, Mercedes says the cart has all the necessary features (lights, indicators, etc) to make it road legal in the USA. Expect to see Kim Kardashian whizzing silently around LA very soon…