At the start of last years summer, Mercedes-Benz asked me to propose a concept to them for shooting a series of the new V-Class. Coming up with an idea of what to do with the hyacinth red metallic red V300d Lang Exclusive Edition wasn’t all that hard. For some years now many of the locations I got to shoot in happened to be at coastal regions, so I’d really wanted to change it up a bit and get into the mountains.
In september of last year it was time to get on the road to get this production done. Along with two assistents, I drove to Stuttgart to pick up the stunning red V-Class. In this trim, this car is the perfect roadtrip transportation. The driver will definitely appreciate the 240hp and 500Nm’s of torque, delivered to the rear wheels. That’s right, this living room on wheels is RWD which definitely made the car come alive on the twisty mountain roads.
The passengers are treated with just as comfortable seats as the drivers position, 5 of them to be exact as this van has 3 seating rows with equal endless leg space. The foldable table in between the mid two seats housed a little fridge, making sure we had cold drinks at all times. Enjoying the views is no problem either, as the sides of the car consist of wide windows while the roof features two panoramic windows too, perfect for viewing the mountains from base to top.
The first day of the trip was spend driving from Stuttgart to our chalette in the middle of the Italian Dolomites, which would be our base of operations for the next 3 days of driving the most beautiful passes and getting the shots I planned. As I did the legwork before we left on our trip, we managed to get the needed shots in no time at all, leaving enough time to enjoy the landscape and local cuisine. After finishing one location, we could drive the scenic mountain roads to the next where we could go explore or get a bite at a local terrace while waiting for the right light. This trip definitely satisfied my need for a change in scenery and while I could write for days, I think I’ll let the photos below do the rest of the talking for me.