Like most of the projects Carlsson does, the A-Class received a steady diet of aerodynamic and performance upgrades. For the exterior, the German tuner fitted the hot hatch with a new front spoiler, a new grille that bears the company’s badge, redesigned side skirts and a new rear apron with an integrated air diffuser.
A new exhaust system was also installed, which comes with four polished tailpipes and a silencer. There’s also a fully adjustable coil-over suspension kit that can be had as an added option. Finally, the A-Class receives a choice of new wheels, ranging from 18 to 20 inches.
Moving to the interior upgrades, the A-Class’ cabin can be designed with a variety of customization programs that feature no shortage of leather upholstery options, as well as floor mats, alloy footrests, pedals, door-lock pins and illuminated door sill panels.
Under its hood, the A-Class receives power upgrades, beginning with the A 200, which now has 187 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque on tap — up from 156 horsepower and 184 pound-feet. The higher trim A 250 also sees a spike in output to the tune of 253 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque — up from 211 horsepower and 258 pound-feet. Performance numbers weren’t given but we estimate a 0-to-60 mph time of around 7.5 seconds with the Carlsson-tuned A 200 and 6 seconds with a Carlsson-tuned A 250.
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The all-new Mercedes A-Class saw a huge bump in looks compared to its previous models. That’s a massive step up thanks in large part to the automaker’s new design language, something the A-Class was given courtesy of a sportier and more emotive exterior and an exceptionally high-quality feel to the interior.
The engine lineup includes both gasoline and diesel versions, with power ranging from 109 horsepower to 211 horsepower. All engines are combined with ECO start/stop function as standard and are mated to the new six-speed manual transmission or, as an option, the 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Gallery Mercedes A-Class
The A-class is Mercedes’ star in the compact car segment, and its taut shape, dynamic curves, and Coupé-like window line give it a distinctive and purposeful stance on the road.
Carlsson underline this inherently sporty character with their comprehensive personalisation programme, encompassing body styling, uprated suspension, alloy wheels, sports exhaust, performance kits for petrol and diesel engines, and interior upgrades.
A new front spoiler is available for the standard car as well as the AMG Sport version, and the finishing touch is a distinctive grille for the front bumper air intake. While the side skirts fit all models, the new rear apron, which includes an air diffuser, is available for both the standard and AMG Sport versions.
For the AMG Sport version, Carlsson offers grilles for the air outlets on the rear apron, and the cut-outs on either side of the air diffuser perfectly embrace the four polished tailpipes of the Carlsson sports exhaust silencer. In addition to a deeper soundtrack the lower back-pressure designed into this silencer liberates an additional three horsepower.
To improve handling and roadholding, sport springs lower the ride height by 35mm, giving the car an even more hunkered down look. A more sophisticated option is Carlsson’s fully adjustable coil-over suspension kit, which allows changes to the ride height, bounce and rebound settings.
Two Carlsson wheel designs can be ordered in different finishes. The 1/10 design alloy wheel is available as Titanium or Diamond Editions in 18 or 19-inch sizes, shod with 225/40 R18, 225/35 R19 tyres. The 19 and 20-inch sizes come in Diamond, Graphite and Titanium Editions, with the 19 and 20-inch sizes available in Ultra Light forged versions. The alternative wheel design is the Carlsson 1/16 RS, in a choice of 18, 19 and 20-inch diameters.
Those after a performance boost will benefit from Carlsson’s C-tronic CB kits, designed to increase output of the B-Class four-cylinder petrol engines.
Minimal installation time with maximum performance and reliability is the principle behind the new Carlsson C-Tronic CB Plug & Drive module, which connects to the factory ECU via an adapter plug included in the kit.
Thus equipped, the A200 delivers 187hp /138 kW (standard 156hp) with 300Nm (standard 250Nm) of torque. The 211hp A250 sees its output rise to 253hp /186 kW with a peak torque of 420Nm (standard 350Nm).
The Carlsson personalisation programme extended to the interior where you can have illuminated or non-illuminated polished door sill panels, floor mats, alloy footrest and pedals and door-lock pins. Special leather trim to your own design is the ultimate luxury treat.
Carlsson offers a three-year warranty on all their conversions and parts. With fitting done by an accredited specialist workshop, the factory warranty is unaffected, and Carlsson guarantees all its own parts in full.
Visitors to his year’s Frankfurt IAA International Motor Show (open to the public from 12th to 22nd September 2013), will experience the full depth and breadth of Carlsson’s abilities through an impressive display of road and race machinery on their spacious stand in the Open-air East section (FG East, FA178).
The full spectrum of Carlsson Road cars on show will range from the smart fortwo, through the A-class, CLA, and CK63RS to the ML Royale Revox. The highlight of the stand will be Carlsson’s interpretation of the new Mercedes S-class flagship.