The six-wheeled Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG is beyond ridiculous — either in a good or bad way, depending on your specific taste. Based on the 2014 G-Class, but with a host of upgrades, the 6x6 has five differentials, a $615,000 price tag, and off-road credentials that would make an original Army-spec Hummer H1 go weak in the knees. This isn’t stopping Carlsson, a well-known and popular Mercedes-Benz tuner, from upping the game even more, combining a healthy power upgrade along with special, customized interior trimmings to make the G63 AMG 6x6 even more over-the-top, if that’s possible.
The G-Class lineup is already a venerable, capable, and trendy offering, with record-breaking sales. This is impressive, considering this is basically a platform from 1979. That’s right; other than chassis and styling upgrades — along with plenty of modern, Mercedes-Benz luxury added in — you’re looking at an almost 40-year-old design.
Add another $500,000 in off-road hardware and upgrades, and things are bound to get interesting. But that’s just not enough for Carlsson.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mercedes G63 6x6 By Carlsson.
North American sales of the next-generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class haven’t even started yet, but it’s been on sale in Europe since March, which means that even though we just saw it for the first time at the North American International Auto Show at the beginning of this year, tuners are already beginning to get to work. Carlsson, the noted tuner of everything Mercedes-Benz and smart has no intention of being left out, and it’s just released its own interpretation of the C-Class.
Engine tuning is in the works and is sure to add a good bit of extra punch to the stock engines, but for now, we’ll have to make do with a host of visual, aerodynamic, suspension, exhaust, and wheel options. Also known for its interior work, Carlsson offers its full host of tailoring options in the C-Class, allowing buyers to customize nearly every surface with everything from upgraded leather to carbon-fiber and wood inserts.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mercedes C-Class By Carlsson.
When it comes to beefed-up Mercedes-Benz vehicles, very few companies can match the the brilliance of Brabus or Lorinser. Their offerings are always unique and hit the streets with enough horsepower to put more than a few sports cars to shame and make them crawl back to their fancy garages.
However, both companies tend to overdo some of their projects, with several results looking like pimped out cars that wear more chutzpah than we can handle. Just have a look at Lorinser’s take on the 2014 S-Class or its Easybrid package for the Smart ForTwo and you’ll understand what we mean.
Unlike those tuning houses, Carlsson uses a slightly milder and more attractive approach. Aside from the exaggerated bumper seen on the 2014 CLA, its creations are usually balanced and come with a healthy dose of seriousness attached to them. Actually, a few Carlssons can be labeled as sleepers waiting to unleash enormous amounts of horsepower over an unsuspecting victim.
The same can be said about the tuner’s most recent creation, the CE30. Based on the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the Carlsson-badged sedan is only a tad more aggressive than its standard kin in terms of visual updates, but it can churn out more than 500 horsepower.
Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes E-Class CE30 By Carlsson.
Mercedes unveiled a revision for the GLK at the 2012 New Your Auto Show, but it looks like some tuners though they could do a little better.
Today, Carlsson did just that with the announcement of a sleek kit for the GLK that includes upgrades for the exterior and interior, plus some engine upgrades. Unfortunately, the engine upgrades are limited to just the GLK 220 CDI.
This version receives a C-Tronic module that increases the power output of the 2.1-liter diesel engine from the stock 168 horsepower to a slightly wilder 204 ponies and the peak torque from 295 pound-feet to an impressive 368 pound-feet.
As for the GLK300 and GLK350 models, Carlsson has yet to develop a performance upgrade for them. For now, the tuner offers uprated springs and dampers that will lower the SUV’s ride by about 1.18 inches and will significantly improve the SUV’s handling on winding roads.
On top of these performance and handling upgrades, Carlsson also offers a selection of aesthetic modifications.
Click past the jump to see what exterior and interior mods Carlsson has in store for the GLK.
Carlsson’s stand at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show came with some pretty sweet programs for a number of Mercedes models. The one for the 2014 Mercedes S-Class, though, stood tall among all of them.
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
Mercedes tuner Carlsson is living large at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show with a handful of new programs for a number of new Mercedes models.
One new program belongs to the company’s resident hot hatch, the A-Class.
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.
Click past the jump to read about the standard Mercedes-Benz A-Class
The Mercedes CLA-Class has only been on the market less than a year, and it’s already gathering steam as one of the German brand’s most popular models.
That’s what happens when you have an affordable model that takes advantage of the esteemed history that Mercedes-Benz has in the industry. So with the CLA-Class gaining in popularity, the natural approach from aftermarket companies is to present programs that will only make the model more popular.
At the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, Mercedes tuner extraordinaire Carlsson presented its first program for the CLA-Class. The usual tuning digs that Carlsson has been known to do are all present in Mercedes’ new four-door compact coupé at the IAA.
Exterior upgrades from Carlsson included a front spoiler that can be fitted with CLA models sporting the AMG sport package, an electro-polished stainless-steel grille insert can also be added as an option, contoured side sills and a new rear apron. The latter, in particular, has cutouts that were put there for the four polished tips of the tuner’s sports exhaust silencer, which functions in reducing backpressure, thus providing more horsepower for the four-door compact coupe.
A set of wheels are also offered in various sizes — 18-, 19- and 20-inch — and two wheel designs — the 1/10 and the 1/16 RS — both of which also come with special edition versions. Rounding out the mods to keep the CLA on the road are sport springs that lower the four-door coupe’s ride hight by 35 mm (1.38 inches).
Interior upgrades are left to the customer’s tastes, and include a choice of high-quality leather and Alcantara from in different colors, courtesy of Carlsson’s in-house "saddler." Other key interior options include new floor mats, alloy door-lock pins, illuminated sill plates and an alloy foot-pedal and footrest set.
For the performance program, Carlsson installed its new C-Tronic CB Plug & Drive module, connecting to the ECU through an adapter plug included in the kit. When installed, the kit drives up the output of the CLA200 to 187 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The CLA250 also saw its output now hit 253 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, while the top level CLA45 AMG nets a new output of 450 horsepower, up from its standard 360-horsepower output.
Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Mercedes CLA-Class
Carlsson has already started to work on its lineup for the upcoming 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. Typically, we are used to seeing Carlsson updating some of the most high-performance sports cars out there, but this time around it decided to turn its attention on something a little smaller and more economical: the Mercedes B-Class.
Carlsson updated both the exterior and the interior look of the car, and made some fairly healthy improvements under the hood. On the base-level B180, Carlsson punched its output up from 122 to 146 horsepower. Next in line for a power boost is the B200, which goes from 156 to 187 horsepower. Finally, the B250 jumps from 211 to 253 horsepower. These power boosts are performed via a simple ECU remapping, which releases horsepower that Mercedes chose to leave out of the factory models.
The extra power was combined with an updated suspension with lowering springs, which dropped the car’s ride by 35 mm (1.37 inches). This not only lowered the center of gravity and improved its handling, but it also gave this compact Benz a sportier look.
Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes B-Class by Carlsson.
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.
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.