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.