Carlsson previews tuning package for 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 23, 2010

Carlsson, the German aftermarket developer, is providing a preview of its tuning kit for the brand new 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS. Expect to see the package at the Geneva Auto Show this March.

Carlsson modified the petrol and diesel engines of the four-door coupe. From an output of 306 hp and 370 Nm of torque, the CLS 350 CGI model has been boosted to 333 hp and 410 Nm. This improved its 0-62mph acceleration time from 6.1 seconds to 5.9 seconds.

Meanwhile, the output of the CLS 350 CDI was boosted from a factory stock output of 265 hp and 650 Nm to 320 hp and 780 Nm of torque, enabling the car to sprint from zero to 62 mph time in 5.9 seconds (from 6.2 seconds previously).

The suspension was also tweaked. Carlsson installed a C-Tronic pack for the Airmatic (air suspension) models. This system lowers the vehicle by 30 mm, adapting to the driving conditions. The CLS features Carlsson CR1/10 rims that have a 19- or 20-inch size.

Three wheel colors are available: Titanium Silver, Brilliant Silver and Graphite Grey. The car gets an aerodynamic package that has certain carbon fiber components.

The kit features a new front apron, mudguard inserts, a power dome for the hood, side skirts with air intakes, a rear bumper where a diffuser is housed. The tuner also offers a stainless steel rear silencer with two oval tailpipes.

The tuning package also includes new Carlsson alloy wheels -- available in three colors: Titanium Silver, Brilliant Silver and Graphite Grey -- that help underscore the elegant and sporty contours of the new aerodynamics package.

Carlsson 1/10 wheel is also available in a combo of five simple and five double spokes. The five top spokes were designed by Chief designer Rolf Schlepp to end evenly on the edge of the wheel rim. Meanwhile, he designed the five double spokes to begin deeper inside the wheel receptacle, arranging them outside on the upper edge of the rim.

The wheels don a sporty profile thanks to the absence of wheel wells and also to the drawn out character of the spokes. Each of the three color versions of the 1/10 wheels come in 8.5x19 inches (front) and 9.5x19 inches (rear) as well as 8.5x20 inches and 10.5x20 inches.

These 1/10 wheels, along with top brand tires, are available from just EUR2,569. The package also includes Carlsson’s patented C-Tronic SUSPENSION that comes with the standard AIRMATIC suspension, which could lower the 2012 Mercedes CLS by up to 30 mm.

Moreover, this suspension could continuously monitor the road condition, which would determine the adjustments on the controlling device and the residual spring travel to guarantee optimal ride comfort and superb driving dynamics.

Press Release

Carlsson refines Mercedes-Benz CLS (C218)

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 model with even more style and athleticism. Carlsson presents its comprehensive finish before the new Mercedes-Benz is introduced to the market on January 29th.

Carlsson chief designer Rolf Schlepp – aka DeLusi – incorporates coupé-style contours and lends the vehicle’s exterior a touch of sophistication with the comprehensive aerodynamics package. The new front spoiler, including the RS front spoiler lip (available in real carbon), the power domes for the bonnet and the mudguard inserts (also 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 front apron inserts with LED fog lamps enhance both the vehicle’s appearance and its level of safety. These improve visibility, are 80 percent more energy-efficient than the standard lamps and fit in perfectly with the xenon headlights and the standard LED daytime running lights.

The side mouldings with their built-in air inlets continue the vehicle’s dynamic transformation. Together with the rear apron and its built-in diffuser (which functions as a tailplane), the rear spoiler ensures extra downforce and better contact with the road. 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.

Both the CLS petrol and diesel engine models benefit from the improved performance provided by Carlsson. With their CK35 performance kit, the engineers from Merzig have improved the power of the CLS 350 CGI model from its standard 306 hp (225 kW) to 333 hp (245 kW) while increasing the vehicle’s maximum torque from 370 to 410 Newton metres. This enables the direct-injection engine to go from 0 to 100 kph in 5.9 seconds, compared with 6.1 seconds for the standard model.

Thanks to the Carlsson C-Tronic® DIESEL POWER additional control unit, the CLS 350 CDI achieves a power output that is a full 20 percent greater than the standard engine. 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 Carlsson C-Tronic® DIESEL POWER for the V6 engine can be purchased for just 1785 Euro including VAT. Both performance-boosting kits continue to meet the EURO5 exhaust emission standards.

The vehicle’s new alloy wheels also emphasise the sporty yet stylish contours of its new aerodynamics package. With the Carlsson 1/10 wheel, available in three colours and in a combination of five simple and five double spokes, the automobile manufacturer from Merzig in Germany is setting a trend. Chief designer Rolf Schlepp designed the five top spokes 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.

With the three surface finishes available – Titanium Silver, Brilliant Silver and Graphite Grey – the Carlsson 1/10 wheel can be matched perfectly to one’s vehicle and taste. Carlsson is offering each of the three colour versions of the 1/10 in the dimensions 8.5x19 and 9.5x19 as well as 8.5x20 and10.5x20 inches from 2569 Euro for the complete set of wheels including top brand tyres.

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 lowers the vehicle by up to 30 millimetres and continuously monitors the situation on the road. Depending on the road conditions, the controlling device adapts the residual spring travel, thereby ensuring optimum comfort and excellent driving dynamics.

The vehicle’s finish is rounded off perfectly in the interior. 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 give the CLS’ interior a dynamic, stylish appearance.

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.

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