Carlsson 2011 Mercedes CLS
Today Carlsson unveiled to the world the 2011 Mercedes CLS tuning program that offers various modifications both in style and power. The 350 CGI version of the standard CLS has a power unit capable of developing 306 hp (225 kW) and a 370 Nm torque. With the tuning program the power is boosted to 333 hp and 370 Nm. This power increase translates into a quicker 0-100 km/h, shaving off 0.2 seconds from the 6.1 sec needed for the standard version.
Carlsson has brought modifications to the CLS 350 CDI which now offers 20% more power in comparison to the model developed by Mercedes-Benz. The tuning program allows the engine to develop 320 hp (235 kW) and an impressive 780 Nm of torque, in comparison to the “only” 265 hp / 650 Nm outputted by the standard car. The CLS 350 CDI will do the 0-100 km/h sprint in 5.9 seconds, just like the petrol version.
Besides these significant power boosts, the Carlsson 2011 Mercedes CLS program brings a fresh new exterior package as well as new rims. The new kit sports a redesigned front spoiler and a spoiler lip that is also available in carbon fiber, an updated hood and mudguards as well as stainless steel grille inserts. The back of the CLS benefits from a new apron with an integrated diffuser.
The new front spoiler (including the RS front spoiler lip), gives “an athletic look for the luxurious saloon”. The front apron of the Carlsson CLS features LED fog lamps that are 80% more energy-efficient in comparison to the standard lamps and fit in a very natural matter with the Xenon headlights along with the standard LED daytime running lights of the 2011 CLS.
The dynamic transformation of the car is continued with the side mouldings that feature built-in air inlets. The rear apron of the CLS sports a built-in diffuser that functions as a tailplane, and the rear spoiler guarantees the needed extra downforce as well as a better contact with the road. More than that, the two oval tailpipes and the stainless steel rear silencer output a very nice sound, typical to Carlsson. These stainless steel pipes can be acquired separately.
Both of the performance kits offered by Carlsson meet the EURO 5 exhaust emission standards. The price for the tuning program (Carlsson C-Tronic DIESEL POWER) offered for the CLS 350 CDI is 1785 Euro, including VAT.
The new design of the alloy rims developed by Carlsson, enhance the sporty look of the car while at the same time offering new stylish contours to the aerodynamics package. The Carlsson 1/10 rim is available in three colors and in a combination of five simple and five double spokes. Rolf Schlepp is the chief designer at Carlsson and he is responsible with the design of the new wheels. The three colors available for the rims are: Graphite Grey, Brilliant Silver and Titanium Silver. All of these versions are offered in the following wheel dimensions: 8.5×19, 8.5×20, 9.5×19 and 10.5×20, at a starting price of 2569 Euro (including top brand tires).
In order to offer an excellent road handling, the CLS is packed with the proprietary C-Tronic SUSPENSION in combination with the standard AIRMATIC suspension of the 2011 Mercedes-Benz CLS. This clever suspension system allows the car to be lowered by up to 30 mm and at the same time, it will continuously monitor the situation on the road. Depending on the available road conditions, this controlling device will adapt to the residual spring travel which translates into optimum comfort as well as great driving dynamics.
Modifications were also brought to the interior of the 2011 CLS, and the Carlsson tuning package includes an Alcantara sporting wheel, velours foot mats that have the Carlsson logo, pedals and foot rest made out of brushed aluminum and logo branded matching boot; all of them offering the car a very stylish and dynamic look.
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