With a tuning firm like Carlsson, you can always expect a number of surprises.
At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the German tuner has unveiled a race edition for a car you normally wouldn’t associate the word “race” with: the smart fortwo.
Aerodynamically, the fortwo Race Edition comes chock-full with new components, including a modified body kit, a new set of LED daytime running lights, a sports exhaust system, an in-house sports suspension that drops the car’s height by 15 mm (0.59 inches) on the front and 30 mm (1.18 inches) on the rear. Finally, Carlsson also fitted the compact car with a new set of 17-inch one-piece alloy wheels.
Since the car is a "race edition", Carlsson just had to make improvements on the fortwo’s performance numbers. But thanks to some fine German engineering, Carlsson was able to drive up the output of the car’s 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine from the standard 84 horsepower and 88 pound-feet of torque all the way up to 112 horsepower and 116 pound-feet of torque.
With the upgrades in tow, the fortwo Race Edition can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.9 seconds with a top speed of 96 mph, 6 mph faster than the stock fortwo.
German tuner Carlsson has prepared quite an impressive lineup for the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. Next to the CK63 RSR and the SLK 340, the tuner is also going to unveil the CML Royale Revox - a pretty cool tuning kit based on either the Mercedes ML63 AMG or the ML500.
The first update the tuner is offering for the SUV is a new aerodynamic kit that provides the ML with a more aggressive and confident look. The kit starts with a new front spoiler and chrome-plated grille, LED daytime running lights and for the rear a new apron and a new sports exhaust system with four oval tailpipes. Of course that such a powerful model needed new wheels and Carlsson installed 22-inch diameter alloys in five-spoke Diamond Edition 1/5 Revo 2 design.
For the interior Carlsson is offering subtle, two-tone combination of dark grey and black. For most of the interior parts the tuner has chose Carlsson Nappa Exclusive leather and combined it with double overlapping woven stitch pattern on the center of the seats, door inserts and the floor mats.
One of the most impressive feature of the interior is the addition of a new REVOX audio system. It features a 7-channel power amplifier with 6 x 120 W RMS three way speakers and a 1 x 350 Watt RMS sub-woofer.
Impressive updates have also been made under the hood where the 6.3 liter naturally aspirated V8 engine has been updated up to a total of 625 horsepower and 619 pound-feet of torque. With the extra 107 horsepower, the new CML Royale will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds and up to a top speed of 186 mph.
At the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, Carlsson will unveil a very cool tuning kit based on the Mercedes CLS3 AMG. Named "CK63 RSR," this tuning kit takes the standard 518 horsepower V8 engine and tricks it to deliver an impressive 700 horsepower. Along with the extra power, the car also receives some pretty impressive exterior and interior upgrades that transform it into an even more amazing four-door coupe.
To deliver the extra power, the CK63 RSR received a more efficient intercooler system, additional water and oil coolers, plus an additional, thermostatically controlled oil cooler for the transmission. There is also a new high performance stainless-steel sports exhaust with 200-cell metal catalytic converters. The result is a tarmac-shredding output of 700 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque. With the extra power, the CK63 RSR will go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.9 seconds, will pass the 124 mph barrier in 11.6 seconds and won’t stop until it will hits a top speed of 211 mph.
The aerodynamic package includes a new carbon-fiber front lip spoiler, black stainless-steel mesh inserts in the intake grilles, brake-cooling intakes and rear carbon valance insert. Carlsson also installed an electronically retractable rear spoiler, which extends into the airflow automatically at 62 mph to help improve downforce. For the interior, Carlsson combines the finest leather with Alcantara, carbon-fiber and natural wood.
Also, in order to handle the extra power, the CK63 RSR also receives height-adjustable coil-overs with 10-position bounce and rebound adjustment, and set of wheels sized 19 or 20 inches, depending on customer’s choice.
Carlsson will unveil a one-off race car based on the new generation Mercedes SLK-Class at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. The new race car will be used in national and international hill climb races in the E1 category, starting 2013 racing season.
The racecar has been developed from scratch on a body shell in an attempt to keep the weight down to only 1,719 pounds. Under the hood, you will find a 3.4-liter V-8 engine that delivers an impressive 610 horsepower and a peak torque of 317 pound-feet. The engine is mated to a Hewland transmission with a paddle shift.
Carlsson also installed an ultra-lightweight body kit made of carbon fiber and a set of BBS racing wheels sized 10-by-18 inches up front and 13-by-18 inches on the rear. A three-way adjustable KW competition suspension keeps the racecar on the tarmac and a high-performance brake system made of ultra-light material to drag it to a halt.
For the interior, the tuner installed a pair of racing seats from Fibreworks and a complex safety cage.
Full details will be unveiled during the car’s official debut in Geneva.
Carlsson unveiled its CK63 RS tuning package last year, but because it is such an amazing car, it still makes quite an impression in the automotive industry. For example, Christian Gebhardt from Sport Auto has conducted a speed test for this updated Mercedes CLS 63 AMG.
The CK63 RS delivers a total of 649 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque, which is a significant increase over the standard 525 ponies and 516 pound-feet of twist. The extra power helps the car to deliver monstrous performance numbers, like a 0-to-60 mph sprint in just 4.1 seconds. What’s even more astounding is the fact that this beast hit a top speed of 333 km/h (207 mph).
Considering the fact that a standard CLS 63 AMG is limited to only 155 mph, that’s one mean mix of modifications Carlsson has put together. Want to see it for yourself, check out the above video. There are plenty of shots of the car and plenty of shots that include the beautiful growl this modded CLS 63 AMG lets out too.
Noted Mercedes-Benz tuner, Carlsson, has just released a new tuning package for the big dog of the Mercedes lineup. The new CML35 is based on the new generation Mercedes ML-Class and will be available for order starting October 1st at a price of 69,900 euro, or about $90,000 at the current exchange rates.
The new CML35 package starts off with a very cool aerodynamic kit which includes a new front apron combined with a Carlsson double headlamp unit with integrated LED daytime running lights and Carlsson grille inserts made of electro-polished stainless steel mesh. Exterior changes also include new side skirts and a new rear apron with a double-inlet sports rear silencer. For the interior, the tuner is offering its customers a choice between any kind of leather, Alcantara, carbon fiber, and wood trims, all of which will set the owner back an additional 4,986 euro (about $6,500 at the current rates).
Under the hood, the 3.0-liter V6 engine’s parameters have been modified so the luxury SUV now delivers a total of 310 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque, up from the standard 240 HP and 455 lb-ft of torque. Next to the engine upgrades, the package also comes with a C-Tronic suspension module that can easily be configured via a Carlsson app.
If you didn’t had the chance to buy one of the 25 Carlsson C25 units, the tuner is now offering you another alternative: the CB 20S. The new package is based on the C-Class Coupe and is significantly cheaper when compared to the C25: prices will start from 34,900 Euro ($43,800), plus 4,986 euro ($6,200) for a customizable leather / Alcantara interior from the Carlsson Signature Line. The new package will be available from September 1st.
The exterior package includes a new front grille with a polished stainless steel grille, a new front spoiler lip made in carbon fiber and a new rear diffuser in conjunction with the Carlsson four-pipe sports exhaust system. The car sits on a new set of 19" alloy wheels combined with Carlsson sport springs.
The CB 20S is based on the entry-level C180 Coupe powered by 1,6 liter four-cylinder engine with an output increased to 201 HP (up from 156 HP). As a result the model will go from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.1 seconds and up to a top speed of 144 mph.
When Chinese car dealer Zhongsheng Group Holdings Ltd bought a 70% stake in Carlsson, we figured that it would only be a matter of time before we saw China-exclusive programs coming out of the German tuning firm. After all, part of the reason why Zhongsheng bought Carlsson was to give German automakers a little more flair in the Chinese market, which has been inundated with these models to the point that they’ve become a little too mainstream. Now, we have the very first program to be born out of that promise: the Mercedes CGL45 Royal Last Edition.
Based on Carlsson’s CGL45 program for the GL-Class, the 45 Royal Last Edition is an exclusive tuning program reserved only for the Chinese market. The CGL45 kit, which was already detailed in these pages, contains a bevy of components made out of high-quality PUR-Rim plastic. These components include wider wheel arches and a new chrome radiator grille with mesh inserts. There’s also an impressive lighting set-up that features a couple of double light units and LED daytime running lights on the front spoiler.
Under the hood of the German SUV, Carlsson gave the CGL45 Royal Last Edition’s 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine a comprehensive engine tuning, increasing the SUV’s output from the standard 265 horsepower and 457 lb/ft of torque figures all the way up to 310 horsepower and 516 lb/ft of torque. Meanwhile, the top-of-the-line 5.5-liter V8 model gets a new output of 435 horsepower and 442 lb/ft of torque.
Of course most of you remember the Super GT Carlsson C25 Royale unveiled last year at the Geneva Motor Show. At the launch Carlsson announced that only 25 units will be built. And now the tuner announced that from the 25 units, 7 will be built exclusive for the Chinese market and will be sold as the Carlsson C25 China Limited Edition. All units will be built individually according to the owners’ wishes.
The new C25 China Edition has been built entirely in carbon fiber so that the car is now 396 lbs lighter that the standard C25. Next to this impressive weight reduction the car gets composite braking system, a C-Tronic Suspension chassis with iPhone control, 450 HP V8 engine and a very impressive exhaust system with two massive, all-aluminum tailpipes.
Each customer will have the possibility to choose any possible colo combination so that none of the seven vehicles will be alike.
Each unit will be priced at about $627.000 and only the C25 Limited Edition No. 1 will be transferred by air to Shanghai, all the rest will be hand-manufactured over the next twelve months at Gut Wiesenhof in Merzig.
Carlsson’s newest program for the Mercedes ML-Class will make its world premiere at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
Known for some of the best aftermarket Mercedes programs in the world, Carlsson is looking to set the standard for SUV refinement for 2012. For the program, Carlsson has prepared quite the treat for ML-Class owners. There’s an aero package that add bolds styling to the SUV and there’s a performance enhancement that adds more power than you can imagine.
For the aerodynamic kit, Carlsson took the wind tunnel to develop all of the parts, ensuring up-standard quality and engineering. A new front apron was installed, giving the SUV a more masculine look. Grille inserts made of electro polished stainless steel mesh were also added to the chrome radiator grille and the central air inlet. On the side, Carlsson installed new side skirts whereas the rear end gets a new rear apron and the addition of a new stainless steel, double flow rear exhaust resonator. Rounding off the exterior modifications are a new set of 20" Carlsson 1/5 Revo light alloy wheels. Inside, Carlsson went to great lengths to enhance the ML-Class’ amenities. Illuminated door panels have been fitted in, Carlsson door pins were added, and finally, aluminum pedals were included.
For the engine, Carlsson tweaked the ML 350’s C-Tronic control unit, resulting in an increased output on the SUV’s 3.0-liter V6 engine, from 258 horsepower to and 457 lb/ft of torque to an impressive 310 ponies and 516 lb/ft of torque.
The last piece of modification for the ML CD35 involves the installation of Carlsson’s C-Tronic SUSPENSION with iPhone connectivity. Using a simple app from Carlsson, drivers can configure the system to adjust the vehicle height by 30mm to the road conditions within milliseconds, ensuring superior ride comfort for the driver and the passengers alike.