Owing to the many improvements done, the S-Class guarantees that the interior comes with a high level of luxury. Created using the preferences of customers, Gut Wiesenhof, Mercedes-Benz’s in-house upholsterer, is able to convert the cockpit to meet the needs of individuals, much like a tailor making a suit. The company is offering a basic package starting at 5,290 euros. The package includes leather on the seats on the front, as well as the seat bench in the rear and the head rests, and the four door panels. At no additional charge, customers can select the color for the leather, the stitching, and even the piping.
Engraved on the headrests is the Carlsson logo which also appears as a blue lit-up signature on the door sill. This same logo highlights as well the improvements done on its aluminum pedals and the footrest. The pigmented leather is supplied by the best and experienced upholsterers, who use leather that has a feel similar to a fine leather glove. This is present on the steering wheel, middle arm rest, and dashboard, though available as an option.
Since the S Class Carlsson has indeed been refined, it reinforces its reputation as the authority when it comes to enhancing Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
Indeed, the flagship of the company’s product line is being worked on at Gut Wiesenhof and stands out in terms of luxury, sportiness, and exclusivity. Without question, for years now the S-Class has managed to bring new benchmarks when it comes to the premium class. With the Carlsson and the Carlsson S-Class (type W/V 221), it proves how capable it is in offering ultimate luxury, sportiness, and individuality.
This model delivers extreme sportiness is the enhanced performance -- a prowess that has already been acknowledged by the Federal Bureau of Motor Vehicles in Germany. Powering this S-Class is the same bi-turbo 12-cylinder unit in the S 600 L. However, its output has been increased from 517 hp (380 kW) to 600 hp (441kW).
Meanwhile the torque has been limited electronically to 1,024 Nm. The higher power is due to the combination of the sport exhaust system, the sports air filter, and an engine management approach that has been optimized. Acceleration from 0 to 100 kph is at 4.3 seconds though the series production comes in at 4.6 seconds.
Top speed meanwhile is limited to 320 kph. Improved performance was the result of the different test cycles and the company’s years of experience in manufacturing engines. This performance improvement, which has the sport exhaust system as part of it, is offered for the S 600 L at 4,997 euros, which also includes all the applicable taxes.
While the 12-cylinder engine did experience some improvements, the same was done for the 6-cyinder units and the 8-cylinder ones. Even the diesel engines have received improvements. The top version for instance is comparable to the S 63 AMG with output going as high as 685 hp (504 kW). In addition to the performance of the engine, other supportive measures have been fitted in like the aerodynamic package RS, which comes with components that meet the strictest of standards. Take for example the front end, especially the apron and the spoiler lip. It not only gives it that sporty look but also creates the needed extra downforce.
As such, the tread pressure is upped allowing for better road adhesion. The front end manages to shine as well with the Carlsson logo located on the bonnet combined with the characteristic grille inserts that are composed of electro-polished stainless steel. Its flank on the other hand gives a more powerful and dynamic look due to the long wheelbase and its corresponding set of new side skirts. Still on the front, there are for new headlights, which include high beams and fog lights.
Also new are the daytime running lights, which use vertically integrated LEDs. These help with road safety, whether night or day. A new dynamic package is continued with the intelligent lowering kit. With this, vehicles that have the ABC or AIRMTIC suspension system will have the Carlsson C-Tronic SUSPENSION. This system is able to connect with the on-board electronics through the data link and determines, in milliseconds, how the driver is handling the vehicle and the current condition of the road.
Once it does so, it can lower the vehicle by as much as 30 millimeters and then makes the necessary adjustment to the suspension. This is, of course, based on the identified factors to ensure that there is optimum cornering performance while the highest level of comfort is maintained.
Able to outperform even the Mercedes-Benz’s suspension system known as the Active Body Control, the C-Tronic is priced at 1178 euros. There is the light-alloy 20-inch 1/10 Brilliant Edition wheels fitted on which are the Dunlop high-performance tires sized 255/35 for the front with the ones in the rear sized 275/35 ZR 20. A complete set with the 19-inch version is offered at 3,583 euros.