The guys over at Carlsson decided that they didn’t want to wait for the AMG CLS63 to come out so instead they built their own version set to debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month. What you see here is Carlsson’s full tuning program for the 2012 CLS that includes a twin-turbo treatment that boosts output to 600hp! They don’t go into too much detail when it comes to how they pulled that off but they do say they start with the same engine block that is found in the AMG CLS63 so that’s a big clue.
The exterior of the car received an aero treatment that I think looks pretty sharp, albeit subtle. Carlsson also dropped the car on their patented “C-Tronic” suspension system which analyzes the road surface every 150 milliseconds and will adjust the dampening accordingly. No word on if it will automatically raise itself every time you go over a speed bump but hey, I guess you can’t have everything right?
Carlsson says sales of this tuning program will start in April of this year but there was no word if it will be available stateside. Although I would be willing to guess that if you can find the proper channels you can get this program here if you really want it but don’t anticipate it to be cheap!
Geneva Motor Show, hall 5, stand 5130
World premiere in Geneva:
Carlsson refines the new CLS
- V8 Biturbo with up to 600 hp
- Complete aerodynamics package
- Handcrafted leather interior
- Innovative 20 inch alloy wheel 1/10
Stylish use of shape is the trademark of the new generation of Mercedes-Benz CLS models (type C 218). This has provided the automobile manufacturer Carlsson with the ideal platform from which to perfect the new model with even more style and athleticism. Carlsson premieres its refinement at the Geneva Motor Show to the world public.
Carlsson chief designer Rolf Schlepp incorporates coupé-style contours and lends the vehicle’s exterior a touch of sophistication with the comprehensive aerodynamics package. The new front spoiler and the RS front spoiler lip (available in real carbon) ensure an athletic look for the luxurious saloon car, a look which is underscored further by the stainless steel grille inserts.
The rear spoiler, the rear apron and its built-in diffuser (which functions as a tailplane) ensure extra downforce and more stable road holding at high speed. Under the long bonnet an engine optimized by Carlsson performs up to 600 hp (441 kW) in the flagship model based on the CLS 63 AMG. Carlsson also offers technically sophisticated performance kits with the general Carlsson guarantee for smaller engines.
The CLS 350 CDI for example achieves a power output that is a full 20 percent greater than the standard engine thanks to the Carlsson C-Tronic® DIESEL POWER additional control unit. Instead of 265 hp (195kW), the self-igniting engine now manages 320 hp (235 kW) while maximum torque has increased from 650 to 780 Newton metres. This allows the vehicle to go from 0 to 100 kph in 5.9 seconds instead of the standard 6.2 seconds. The performance-boosting kit continues to meet the EURO5 exhaust emission standards, of course.
In addition, the stainless steel rear silencer and the two oval tailpipes so typical of Carlsson make a great sound. The stainless steel tailpipes can also be ordered separately.
The vehicle’s alloy wheels in 1/10 design and up to 20 inch also emphasise the sporty yet stylish contours of its new aerodynamics package which has been developed in the wind tunnel. With the combination of five simple and five double spokes, the automobile manufacturer from Merzig in Germany is setting a design trend. The five top spokes are designed in such a way that they terminate flushly on the edge of the wheel rim while the five double spokes begin deeper inside the wheel receptacle and are arranged outside on the upper edge of the wheel rim. The fact that there is no wheel well and that the spokes are drawn out over the edge give the 1/10 wheels a particularly sporty character. The forged wheel generates a weight advantage of 40 percent compared the ordinary serial wheels because of its production process while achieving more strength and distinctly improved rolling quality at the same time.
Carlsson’s patented C-Tronic SUSPENSION is responsible for delivering excellent road holding for vehicles with the standard AIRMATIC suspension. This intelligent suspension lowering system drops the vehicle by up to 30 millimetres and continuously monitors the situation of the road. Depending on the road conditions, the controlling device adapts the residual spring travel every 150 milliseconds, thereby ensuring optimum comfort and excellent driving dynamics with an appealing look. The C-Tronic SUSPENSION switches to serial conditions when the speed drops under 20 kph, as a lowering of the vehicle at that speed is part of the serial adjustment.
The vehicle’s refinement reaches its peak in the interior. The automobile manufacturer cultivates traditional craftsmanship by using finest materials such as leather, exclusive alcantara, carbon, best root wood, and several other exclusive nature materials. The selections of the materials and the excellent workmanship attest the uncompromising quality requirements of Carlsson’s own upholstery. The seats and the doors panels have been covered in Carlsson Nappa with contrasting Carlsson stitching. This leather is exclusively produced for Carlsson as barrel pigmented aniline leather which is available in all conceivable colour variations. For Carlsson Nappa only middle European raw materials and German production is used. Carlsson also takes responsibility for the environment: the water needed in production leaves the tannery in drinking-water quality.
The same high quality is reflected by all wooden inlays which have been refined with black piano varnish. The Carlsson Signature Line in the contrasting colour underscores the demands for design and aesthetics. The alcantara sports steering wheel, pedals and foot rest made of brushed aluminium, velours foot mats featuring the Carlsson logo and the matching boot mat support the stylish appearance of the CLS’ interior.
With its comprehensive finishing package for the CLS model, Carlsson has once more proven its refined sense of taste when it comes to Mercedes design. Thanks to its efforts, the already stylish standard CLS has really turned into a unique individualist. The CLS by Carlsson premieres at the Geneva Motor Show, sales start in April 2011.