Packed with a bevy of aesthetic, aerodynamic and performance modifications, Carlsson’s reputation as a Mercedes-tuner extraordinaire was on full display with what it did to the automaker’s resident luxury sedan. One look at the S-Class’ profile, and you can immediately tell some of the differences, including the new front bumper with larger air intakes and an "RS" front lip spoiler. The side skirts have also been revised, while a new rear valance and a new sports exhaust system make their presences felt around back, giving the S-Class a more pronounced and aggressive stance that belies its luxury character.
Moving to the interior, the usual leather and wood refinements are offered, including what we can only imagine to be pretty expensive — if not a little over the top — sheepskin floor mats. A new fridge was also added, as well as humidor, a WIFI-hotspot, a rear seat entertainment system and a REVOX sound system. With all these interior upgrades, it would be pretty cool to be a passenger in this car, yeah?
The biggest source of Carlsson’s pride, though, lies in the engine. Thanks to a comprehensive power upgrade, the S-Class’ 4.7-liter V-8 engine can now produce 610 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque, a staggering improvement from the standard 456 horsepower and 517 pound-feet numbers in its standard configuration. If you have the S63 AMG, which carries 536 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque in its standard format, your power bump spikes all the way up 780 horsepower and 774 pound-feet of torque.
Carlsson didn’t release performance figures, but we imagine the S-Class can hit 60 mph in the high-three-second range to go with a top speed of about 180 mph. For the S63 AMG, it should hit 60 in just under three seconds with a top speed just north of 200 mph.
Click past the jump to read about the standard Mercedes S-Class
Gallery Mercedes-Benz S-Class
The sales struggle of the Mercedes S-Class was further compounded by the competition coming from BMW and Audi. So Mercedes had one recourse to do and that was to take the S-Class up to the next level.
The new model, as expected, comes with the same design language we have seen in all the recently launched Mercedes models. So the new S-Class has sharper lines, a sportier front fascia, a larger grille, a redesigned rear end, and best of all, a 4.7-liter V-8 engine that produces 456 horsepower and 517 pound-feet of torque, good enough to hit 60 mph in 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 130 mph.
Gallery Mercedes-Benz S-Class
The Mercedes-Benz S-class has always been synonymous with the pinnacle of luxury motoring. The new S-Class takes this a step further, and Carlsson is proud to debut its tuning programme for the new Mercedes flagship limousine at the Frankfurt IAA 2013.
True to its company motto "Go your own way," Carlsson presents its ideas for further refining and personalizing the new S-Class, with modifications ranging from aerodynamic components to light-alloy wheels and bespoke interior trim.
The aerodynamic styling kit starts with a new front apron featuring larger air intakes that visually support the new, more three-dimensional Mercedes grille. The distinctive Carlsson RS lip below the centre intake gives the car a lower and more assertive look.
Deeper, sculpted side skirts underline the standard cars dynamic swage line. They also draw your eyes to the new rear valance where the a distinctive trapezoid cut-out on each side marks the outlets for the sports exhaust.
Three different alloy wheel designs with a choice of finishes are on offer. These are the sporting Carlsson 1/10, the classic Carlsson 1/16 RS, and the modern Carlsson 1/5. All three designs are available in 19, 20 and 21-inch diameters.
The Carlsson C-tronic suspension lowering kit for vehicles with Airmatic and Magic Body Control will be available shortly.
The engine tuning packages offer considerable power and torque increases. The S500 bi-turbo V8 (standard 456hp and 700Nm) is ramped up to 610hp and 900Nm, while the bi-turbo V8 in the S63 AMG (standard 585hp and 900Nm) sees its output rise to a supercar crushing 780hp, accompanied by 1,050Nm of torque.
A Carlsson specialty is bespoke interiors to a client’s individual wishes in the best haute couture tradition. Apart from craftsman sewn fine leather and wood, state-of-the-art high-tech infotainment equipment such as HD TV screens, an audiophile grade REVOX Sound system, and business tools like a Wi-Fi hotspot can be seamlessly integrated into the plush cabin. Even a fridge or a Humidor can be fitted to make you feel more at home.
A visit to Carlsson’s specialist trim department reveals more than just a choice of different grades of fine leather.
You can also choose to have complimentary or contrasting seams, outline stitching and piping, as well as a combination of leather and Alcantara. Putting your personal or family crest on the headrests or wood inlays in not an uncommon request.
Carlsson are also used to fitting made to measure Merino Sheepskin floor mats to customer cars. Colour matched to the vehicle’s interior these mats are available either as a set of four, or for the front foot wells only.