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2012 Mercedes SLK by Carlsson

2012 Mercedes SLK by Carlsson

To me, as far as the design is concerned, the recently introduced new generation of the Mercedes SLK is one of those cars that looks drop dead gorgeous right from the factory line so tuners should avoid messing up with the design. Performance improvements yes, design changes no. However, aftermarket specialists like Carlsson have managed to make me think about this a little bit more in depth as their upgrade program for the SLK makes the car even more beautiful than before, without changing too much.

Design-wise, their aerodynamic kit features a new front spoiler lip that looks like it was created by Mercedes themselves, along with a rear apron insert that also looks like it was there right from the start. Other additions include the rear diffuser which looks kinda nice and stainless steel front grille inserts that probably look good only on a white SLK, like the one in these two pictures.

2012 Mercedes SLK by Carlsson

Aside from making a few subtle design updates here and there, they’ve also installed a bespoke exhaust system that consists of a stainless steel sports silencer that has two pipes. In addition, the SLK now rides on 20-inch light alloy rims and the suspension lowering kit brings the sexy cabrio closer to the ground. As far as the inside is concerned, the guys over at Carlsson fitted the Mercedes SLK with aluminum pedals, elegant Nappa leather upholstery, along with various carbon, wood and Alcantara trim parts.

They’ve made some modifications under the hood too, where the TGI engines can be fitted with a C-Tronic power kit that increases the output of the engine between 27 and 40 hp.

I’ve always enjoyed subtle tuning programs and Carlsson has managed to come up with just that. Well done guys.

Source: Carlsson via ZerCustoms

Mercedes E-Class Cabrio by Carlsson

Mercedes E-Class Cabrio by Carlsson

The German tuners from Carlsson have revealed their latest aftermarket program for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet. They took the E 350 CDI model that comes with a V6 3.0-liter diesel engine that delivers 231 hp as standard and they’ve managed to raise its output by 20% to 280 hp and also increase the peak torque from the standard 398 lb.-ft (540 Nm) to 478 lb.-ft (648 Nm). They also remapped the ECU, installed sport springs that can lower the car by 30 mm and improve its handling capabilities.

Mercedes E-Class Cabrio by Carlsson

Design-wise, the new aerodynamic bodykit features a redesigned front bumper that has an RS spoiler lip, along with an updated rear spoiler and new assorted sills. The car now sits on lightweight Carlsson-designed rims, available from 18- to 20-inches. Other goodies include the sport end mufflers that have double-walled stainless steel end tubes.

Mercedes E-Class Cabrio by Carlsson

Inside the cabin, they covered the gearshift lever in Alcantara and leather, along with installing aluminum door pins, pedals, footrest, and soft velvet door mats with the company’s logo.

Mercedes E-Class Cabrio by Carlsson

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Mercedes CLS63 AMG By Carlsson

Mercedes CLS63 AMG By Carlsson

Carlsson will bring next week to the 81st edition of the Geneva Motor Show their tuning project based on the Mercedes CLS63 AMG. The new body kit includes a carbon fiber front spoiler lip, stainless steel grille inserts, a rear spoiler as well as a new rear apron that has an integrated diffuser.

Mercedes CLS63 AMG By Carlsson

As you might already know, Carlsson is not one of those tuning companies that install big air vents, aggressive rear wings and so on and this is the case with this CLS63 AMG. Of course, some significant changes have been done under the car’s bonnet as the engine produces now 82 hp more power in comparison to the standard unit, rounding up the power output to 600 hp (441 kW). They didn’t say how long will it take to do the 0-60 mph sprint, but if we look at the 4.4 seconds necessary for the standard model, the Carlsson should do it in about 4.2 or so.

Mercedes CLS63 AMG By Carlsson

On the outside you won’t see any noticeable difference, except for those oval tail pipes and the white fine on the rear diffuser. More noticeable changes you will find inside the cabin where they used Nappa leather, carbon fiber, Alcantara, root wood and other natural materials.

Mercedes CLS63 AMG By Carlsson

They’ve removed the standard suspension of the CLS63 AMG and installed a C-Tronic SUSPENSION that can adjust itself every 150 milliseconds, and lowers the car by 30 mm.

Mercedes CLS63 AMG By Carlsson

This tuning kit can also be installed on the 2011 CLS350 CDI, except for the power of course. However, the engineers can fit the car with a C-Tronic DIESEL POWER control unit that can boost the output of the engine to 265 hp (195 kW), good enough for a 0-60 mph sprint in 5.9 seconds, while at the same time respecting the EURO5 exhaust emission standards.

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Carlsson 2011 Mercedes CLS

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.

Carlsson 2011 Mercedes 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.

Carlsson unveils Citroen C5 styling package

German tuner Carlsson has collaborated with Mercedes-Benz for quite some time, but this doesn’t mean it won’t try something different. Now, the company has partnered with Citroen to reveal a styling kit for the C5 sedan, which can be ordered straight from French dealerships.

The Carlsson Citroen C5 will be showcased at the AMI Leipzig Motor Show and boasts a restyled front spoiler, side skirts, a new rear diffuser and LED daytime running lights. A set of 19-inch wheels and dual exhaust pipes were also fitted.

On the inside you’ll find Alcantara on the steering wheel, leather upholstery plus the Business Package NaviDrive 3D system. This special C5 will be available with the 165 HP and 240 HP HDi diesel units as well as the 155 HP gasoline engine, mated to either the manual or automatic transmission. The kit can be applied to both the sedan and the touring (wagon) variants.


Carlsson brings limited C25 model based on Mercedes-Benz SL600 to Geneva

Carlsson has just announced that it will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show a limited edition model, dubbed the C25, which will see … you guessed it, 25 models being made.

But you will definitely enjoy those 25 models, as they are based on the Mercedes-Benz SL600 model and will be powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine with 753 HP and a torque of 1150 Nm (848 lb-ft), that propels it from 0 to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds. Top speed for the C25 is 218.7 mph (352 km/h).

A wide array of safety features were installed, and the engineers have also fitted the company’s own C-Tronic adaptive and variable suspension, in order to improve the handling of the car, alongside a new set of brakes. 20-inch lightweight wheels were also added, and are wrapped in high performance tires.

On the inside, customers who will be lucky to buy one will find a mix of tanned buffalo leather, carbon fiber and suede, all available in various colors. Performance parts like race seats, five-point belts, roll bars and cage are also present, to make sure you can take it on the track.

In case the model got you interested, be warned that you might need to move to a different country, as Carlsson will sell one car per country, but has yet to reveal just what territories will receive it, and for how much.


Carlsson transforms the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG into the CK63 RS

That Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG sure is something right? With a massive 6.3-liter V8 engine it can literally push you into your seat with its acceleration and top speed figures. But when a performance model rolls off the assembly line in Frankfurt, you can be sure that the German tuners are anxiously awaiting to get their hands dirty and modify it.

Such is the case with Carlsson, which opted to tinker with the E63 AMG. Outfitted with a reprogrammed ECU, a new sports exhaust system and a few other performance figures, the new CK63 RS model is a true rocket. It can now output 584 HP, as opposed to the stock 525, with a torque of 695 Nm (512 lb-ft), as opposed to 630. What does it all mean in seconds? Well the team managed to shave three tenths of a second from the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) time, as the CK63 RS manages to reach that speed in just 4.5 seconds, a great time for a limousine.

Besides the performance upgrade, the German tuning house has also fitted the new model with a bodykit, consisting of a new front apron, side skirts and a rear apron with a built-in carbon fiber diffuser. These parts are completed by four 20-inch two-tone REVO alloy wheels. For those of you with a craving for a modified interior, the Carlsson team can also put new special leathers or aluminum accents, for an extra price that is.


Carlsson modifies the Mercedes-Benz E500 Coupe

The new E Class from Mercedes-Benz definitely has something for everyone, from the comfortable limousine to an aggressive coupe. But while German tuning house Carlsson took on plenty of Mercedes models, this new version of the E500 Coupe is by far the best looking.

In terms of performance, the team only added a new air filter and an exhaust system with stainless steel ends, which enabled the already powerful E500 to output 435 HP with a torque of 600 Nm. The new car will also handle much better, as a new suspension was outfitted, which lowers it by about 30 mm (1 inch).

Of course, if the car performs better, it needs to show it, meaning that the Carlsson team fitted two new front and rear spoilers, with extensions and their special Carlsson Revo aluminum rims, with a two-tone paint. On the inside, special leather has been fitted to the steering wheel and gear knob, and aluminum on the pedals.

Overall, the new Mercedes-Benz E500 Coupe is looking great.


Carlsson tuning package for the new Mercedes Benz E Class

The German tuner Carlsson has announced that this weekend, at the Tuning World Bodensee, they’ll unveil their tuning program for the new Mercedes Benz E Class. One of the highlights of this program is the new aerodynamics kit, developed by Carlsson’s head designer Rolf Schepp, which features a newly designed front apron, completely re-engineered front wings, side rails, new rear apron with integrated diffuser framed by four stainless steel end pipes and a new rear spolier. The entire body kit is made of lightweight polyurethane (PUR-RIM). The car’s sporty look is completed by a set of 20-inch 1/5 REVO Carlsson wheels, painted in matt black and matt-varnished gloss-turned silver strut.

Carlsson also ‘played’ with the E Class’ engines, so power upgrades are available for almost all the engines in the Mercedes range. The E250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY received a 40 hp upgrade (available from June), the E350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY got a 46 hp upgrade (available from July) while the top of the range E500 got a CM50K compressor kit which includes a new exhaust system with racing header, high-performance catalysts and stainless steel mufflers, and is responsible for a 55 hp power increase. To make sure that extra power doesn’t doesn’t fo to waste, Carlsson offers their intelligent lowering kit C-Tronic SUSPENSION, which lowers the car by 43 mm and continuously adjusts the balance between sporty and taut settings for optimal comfort and performance.

Photo Gallery: Mercedes Benz E Class tuning by Carlsson


Carlsson Aigner CK65 based on the Mercedes Benz CL65 AMG

German tuner Carlsson has announced the Aigner CK65 RS “Eau Rouge” Dark Edition (fancy name!) based on the Mercedes Benz CL65 AMG. The car, which will be on display this week at the 2008 Zurich Auto Show, was built in cooperation with leather lifestyle brand Etienne Aigner AG. The car features a body kit that includes front skirt with front spoiler made of solid carbon, shaded Bi-Xenon headlights with cone-shaped lights, radiator grille with the Carlsson badge, three-part 21 inch forged rims and an exclusive obsidian black metallic with Himalaya-gray paint finish. The interior features high-class leather upholestry for the electrically adjustable sport seats, Carlsson sport steering wheel in Leather/Alcantara combination, Carlsson sport aluminium pedal pads and illuminated door sill protectors, Aigner-A logo embossed in the front headrests and the reverse side of the front seats, while the handholds, sun shields and rear screen frame has been covered with Aigner-Alcantara.

The coupe will come with a Bi-Turbo V12 engine available with two power outputs, 705 hp and an impressive 756 hp and 1,150 Nm of torque. The latter will offer a 0-62 mph sprint in 3.8 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 335 km/h (208 mph). Combined with the Carlsson electronic lowering kit C-Tronic SUSPENSION which lowers the car by approx. 30 mm. the car is definitely a blast to drive. However, it won’t come cheap, with the 705 hp version starting at 319,000 Euros (around $400,000), while the 756 hp model starts at 374,000 Euros ($470,000). Still, considering only ten units will be built, Carlsson will probably have no problems finding customers.

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Carlsson CK63 S based on the Mercedes C63 AMG

German tuner Carlsson has announced their latest creation, the Carlsson CK63 S. The tuning program for the Mercedes Benz C63 AMG includes a new body kit with a new front spoiler, front spoiler lip and a rear spoiler, all made of high-quality PUR or optionally real carbon, plus a set of lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels. The power upgrade is also quite impressive, Carlsson boosting the engine’s power output up to 565 hp (457 hp on the production version), while peak torque is now 685 Nm (505 lb.ft.), 85 Nm (63 lb-ft) more than the ‘regular’ model. The car is also fitted with a sports air filter, carbon fiber motor cover, sport rear muffler, which allows the CK63 S to spring from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds (4.5 seconds on the C63 AMG) and up to an electronically limited top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph).

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Smart ForTwo tuning package from Carlsson

We’ve already gotten used to the big german tuners concetrating on all the major limousines and sport models from their country’s manufacturers, but sometimes, they decide to look at other models to prove their skill. Such was the case when Mercedes launch the Smart, 10 years ago, since then, reputed tuners have tinkered with the city model, like Brabus or others. Now we see an aerodynamics kit for the Smart ForTwo from Carlsson, and it really looks good, bringing a dose of agressiveness to the model.

The kit is consisted of a spoiler extending the stock front bumper, a grill insert of polished stainless steel, specially designed chrome cased fog lights, a rear diffuser and chromed muffler. Also, for the gasoline versions, Carlsson offers four stainless steel end pipes as a feature. And as the conclusion, special lowered suspension is available, with a choice of 16-inch or 17-inch wheels. More photos after the jump. (more…)

New Mercedes Benz SL500 tuning program by Carlsson

The German tuner Carlsson presented their latest creation, the Carlsson CK50 tuning program for the new Mercedes Benz SL500. By installing a new electronic control unit (ECU), the 5.5 liter V8 engine now produces 435 hp / 320 kW at 6,000 rpm and 600 Nm of torque, 53 hp more than the factory version (388 hp / 285 kW). Carlsson also removed the speed limit and the car now goes up to 293 km/h (182 mph), while the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration is made in 5.1 seconds.

Besides the engine mods, the Carlsson CK50 also features a new exhaust system with four polished tailpipes, a length-adjustable front spoiler, rear diffuser with air conduction system and rear spoiler. The sportier look is given by the 30 mm lowered suspension, electro-polished grille inserts and 19 or 20 inch light-weight multi-spoke wheels.

More photos after the jump.


Carlsson CK35 Tuning For The New Mercedes C-Class

The German tuner Carlsson prepared a tuning package for the new Mercedes C-Class. The engine was modified and now produces 295 hp and presses maximum torque of 385Nm, which takes the Carlsson CK35 from 0 to 100 in 6 seconds and to a top speed of 270 km/h.

Other mods include a front apron, a diffuser-look apron at the rear, side moldings and rear spoiler, an electro-polished front grille, double-headlight units with fog and driving lights. The sport sedan also has lowered sport springs and 19in lightweight alloys. (more…)