In Germany, many tuners are actually registered as automakers, due to the fact that their parts have to undergo the same strict testing as production cars and the fact that what they are capable of can hardly just be classified as “tuning.” There’s no better example of this than the C25 – a new bespoke supercar from Carlsson, based on the Mercedes SL65 AMG Black Series.
Already an extreme vehicle in stock form, Carlsson has modified the 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine to produce roughly 750-hp and 850 ft-lbs of torque. But it’s more than just a brute performer, Carlsson insists, and can be driven daily and serviced at your local Mercedes dealer. Still, it is an exercise in individuality, with a custom exterior where almost no body panel was left untouched, while the interior is tailored to the owner’s design – be it tastefully luxurious or downright gaudy. The model on display in Geneva is more of the latter with black and orange leather an Alcantara throughout.
At a price of $700,000 Carlsson aims to make the C25 even more exclusive by only building 25 different models – one for each country that it distributes it, meaning that the owner will be the only one in his country with one.