German Mercedes tuner Carlsson has just completed its first full line of performance products for the new C-Class, giving the car a more dynamic drive, with a stunning new look and more than enough power.
Carlsson hasn’t released specifics on the modifications made to the engine but you can be sure there are more than just simple bolt-ons and an ECU tune (as those modifications make up the standard CK63 package. The CK63S package makes a dramatic increase in power from 457hp to 565hp. Torque is also up significantly with 505 ft-lbs – an increase of 63 ft-lbs.
The result of all this power is a 0-62 mph time of just 3.8 seconds!
To help keep all the new-found power under control, Carlson employed the help of former DTM-racer and current Dakar rally driver Ellen Lohr. The modified C-Class now rides on a set of specially tuned springs and shocks.
Helping the car to achieve its maximum handling potential are a set of Carlsson 1/16 Ultra-Light wheels that measure 19×8.5-inches up front and 19×10-inches in the rear. And as for the straights, the Carlsson aero kit, (including front and rear bumpers and a small trunk spoiler) are made of both polyurethane and carbon fiber, ensuring maximum downforce at the car’s new top speed of 186 mph.
GALLERY: Carlsson CK63S
More on the Carlsson CK63S after the jump:
Carlsson achieves the squaring of the circle:
Sport-/ touring limousine CK63S with 565 hp
• Power of a super sports car and comfort of a touring car
• Enormous 565 hp (415 kW) performance and 685 Newton metres
• Race driver Ellen Lohr perfected the Carlsson running gear
• Wheels 1/16 Ultra Light save up to 40 percent weight
Carlsson unites two automobile worlds which could not be any more different: on the one hand, overwhelming engine power and on the other hand, the touring limousine. On one, a car trimmed for sportiness and on the other, a fully-fledged boot. Here, the coilover kit for top speeds on the race track and there, a comfortable damping for long tours. The Carlsson CK63S based on the Mercedes-Benz C-class C 63 AMG unites all of these contradictions in one car.
The core part of this refinement is the enhanced engine. The renowned automobile manufacturer Carlsson is approved by the federal motor transport authority and its engineers pull out an unbelievable 565 hp (415 kW) out of the 6.3 litre V8. This is nearly a quarter more output than the AMG engine which provides 457 hp (336 kW) out of the same cubic capacity. The maximum torque rises from 600 Newton metres in the AMG to an impressive 685 Newton metres in the CK63S. Therefore, the Carlsson C-class accelerates from zero to one hundred in only 3.8 seconds and is therefore another 0.7 seconds faster than the already speedy 4.5 seconds in the serial edition. The maximum speed is electronically limited to 300 km/h and therefore rises by 50 km/h.
But the engineers in Merzig/Saarland are not yet satisfied with this enormous engine enhancement under the three-part Carlsson carbon cover. The sport rear silencer which already accounts for a performance plus of 15 hp renders the matching sound setting. While the exhaust system contains itself during pleasant tours, the oval stainless steel end pipes provide an earthy sound as soon as the accelerator is pushed. Therefore, the acoustics already predict the inner values under the bonnet.
As far as the optimal road handling is concerned, the Mercedes specialist brought an absolute top expert on board. The internationally successful race driver Ellen Lohr who also works as a Carlsson brand ambassador and the engineers from Merzig have perfectly adjusted the Carlsson running gear to the strong engine. This allows a continuous traction- and compression phase and therefore a perfect adjustment. Comfortable for long distance trips and the perfect performance for a ride over winding country roads.
The entirely new aerodynamics kit renders the necessary road grip. The front- and rear spoiler and the front spoiler lip are made of Polyurethane (PU) and real carbon and therefore guarantee best-possible material strength at an extremely low weight.
Moreover, the high-quality sport character is enhanced by the forged light alloy wheels 1/16 from the Ultra-Light series. In the elaborate forging process, Carlsson produces wheels which are so extremely compressed that no more pinholes or air pockets remain in the aluminium. Therefore, the Ultra-Light wheels achieve top stability and compared to cast light alloy wheels with the same size, they weigh up to 40 percent less. On the car, the Ultra-Light wheels reduce the unsprung masses and therefore increase both the sportive driving dynamics and comfortable travelling. Carlsson uses the 1/16 UL measuring 8.5×19 inches on both axles or if desired 10×19 inches at the rear axle.
The elaborate engine refinement and the exterior also reflect in the interior. Carlsson perfects the interior with an especially designed sport driving wheel with a leather or ultra-suede cover. The doors and side parts of the seats are lined with finest ultra-suede in charcoal with a light-coloured decorative stitching. Aluminium pedals and door pins made of aluminium also confirm Carlsson´s passion for detail.
With the CK63S, Carlsson achieved the squaring of the circle. Using their experience in motor sports, the Mercedes refiners turned the C-class into a pedigree sports car. At the same time, the car maintains all amenities of a travel limousine. A sportive cruise at the weekend is always welcome while the boot is normally used for child seats and luggage.