With the arrival of summer, tuners are expected to bring out their upgrade kits for the convertibles. One such example is the package that German aftermarket developer Carlsson created for the 2012 Mercedes SLK. It features interior and exterior modifications as well as performance tweaks.
The Carlsson SLK was fitted with different aerodynamic improvements such as a new front spoiler and a rear apron insert (priced at EUR620 each), stainless steel grille inserts (which cost EUR449) that replace the standard honeycombs, a couple of new side sills, and a stainless steel sport exhaust system with oval shaped end pipes that are offered at EUR1,298.
This upgrade package also features a 30 mm lower suspension, customized 18-inch wheels (with a price tag of EUR1,930) and one of three interior kits that include seats, headrests and door panel upholstery that have a starting price of EUR3,900. In terms of performance, the tuners concentrated on the new generation CGI engines that power the 2012 Mercedes SLK.
They provide a power boost between 27 and 40 hp via the C-Tronic control units that are available with a three-year warranty. When taken separately, the upgrades give the SLK 200 CGI an output of either 211 or 224 hp, over the standard version’s output of 184 hp. In addition, the SLK 250 CGI can develop 231 hp rather than 204 hp. The power upgrades have a price range of EUR1,190 Euros to EUR1,690.
The car’s 30mm lower centre of gravity improves dynamic performance without compromising comfort. As an additional upgrade touch, a suspension lowering kit (worth 309 Euro) can be used with larger tyres up to 20 inches. A selection of complete wheel sets from 18 to 20 inches is priced from 1930 Euro.
The SLK interior is made more premium by Carlsson's own Gut Wiesenhof-based upholstery masters, who have set new material and colour combinations that can have customised stitching and beading if desired. Carlsson Nappa, Carlsson Nappa Exclusive and Carlsson Nappa Exclusive Heavy Weight are included in a basic package that covers the upholstery of two seats, the headrests and the door panels.
These are priced from 3900 Euro. Fitting is included. Additional embellishment can be done for both automatic and manual vehicles by using brushed aluminium pedal pads with Carlsson logos, the Carlsson gear shifter with Alcantara appliqués, and either custom fine wood inlays or carbon features.