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 |  Jun 06 2012, 10:17 AM

The Chinese have a predisposition towards crazy expensive bespoke cars, and German tuner company Carlsson Autotechnik is exactly the tuning shop to deliver them. 

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 |  Aug 02 2011, 4:00 PM


Carlsson has hopped onto the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG modifying bandwagon, bringing a world’s first to the super car aftermarket. Now available to both convertible and coupe SLS AMG owners is an electronic lifting system that can raise the front and the rear of the SLS by almost 1.6-inch with a touch of a button. Once the vehicle hits 50-mph, Carlsson’s Tronic lift system will automatically lower the vehicle back to its original height. The lift system can also be combined with a coilover suspension kit to further lower the sports car by .6-inch to 1.4-inch.

In addition, Carlsson has produced a lightweight wheel for the SLS AMG in 20- and 21-inch sizing. The recommended widths are 9.5-inch in the front and 11-inch in the rear. The wheels from Carlsson are approximately 40-percent lighter than conventional cast wheels of the same size on the market.

Finally, Carlsson is now offering interior upgrades to SLS AMG owners, equipping the vehicle with high-quality Napa leather throughout the interior. Color choice of stitching is available to the customer at no additional charge.

GALLERY: Carlsson Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

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 |  Jun 16 2011, 4:44 PM


It seems like Mercedes-Benz‘s new SLK-Class has barely rolled off the lots of dealerships and now the aftermarket already has tuning packages available for the German convertible. Carlsson, a popular Mercedes-Benz tuner, has revealed its tuning package for the new SLK-Class, which will comprise of a styling kit, suspension kit, new wheels, interior accessories and engine upgrades for various models.

On the outside, the SLK gets a 1.2-inch lower stance thanks to Carlsson’s suspension kit. The lowered convertible can then sit comfortably on a set of 18- to 20-inch wheels from Carlsson, depending on your preference. Complementing the new lower profile is an aerodynamic styling kit featuring an aggressive front apron while the rear is outfitted with a diffuser as well. The front grille is also swapped out for a polished stainless-steel counterpart.

Engine power can be boosted anywhere from 27- to 40-hp. By utilizing Carlsson’s C-Tronic, the various SLK-Class powerplants can be upgraded to several stages of horsepower gains. The SLK 200 CGI can go from 184-hp to 211-hp or 224-hp, while the SLK 250 CGI can be upgraded from 204-hp to 239-hp.

No pricing was announced.

GALLERY: Carlsson Mercedes-Benz SLK

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 |  Dec 22 2010, 9:02 PM


Mercedes-Benz‘s latest and greatest isn’t even out on the market yet and famed Benz-tuner Carlsson has already released renderings of what its tuning package for the styling sedan will look like. Promising to debut the CLS at the Geneva Auto Show in March, Carlsson looks to enhance the exterior and performance of the four-door coupe.

On the outside, the CLS will receive a standard treatment with an all new front bumper, a carbon fiber lip, stainless steel grille inserts, LED fog lamps, new side skirts with built-in air inlets and a new rear diffuser.

For performance, Carlsson has released specs for the CLS350 CGI, taking horsepower to 333-hp and torque to 302 ft-lbs from the factory 306-hp and 273 ft-lbs. For the CLS350 CDI, horsepower will reach 320-hp from the factory 265-hp while torque jumps from 479 ft-lbs to 575!

And as with all available Carlsson tuning packages, you’ll be able to outfit it with a variety of 19- or 20-inch wheels depending on your taste. No pricing has been announced.

GALLERY: Carlsson Mercedes-Benz CLS


If you’re a big fan of the CLS, check out AutoGuide’s video from the reveal of the CLS63 AMG model at the LA Auto Show after the jump:

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 |  Jul 15 2010, 10:47 AM


Well this is really no surprise from Carlsson. Having already released a tuning package for the sedan, we knew a Cabriolet version wouldn’t be far off. Mercedes-Benz has really done a fantastic job changing the E-Class from mundane luxury sedan to sporty coupe and convertible, filling voids and increasing the breadth of the E-Class moniker. And Carlsson’s tuning kit brings much of the same consistency we can expect from their reputable brand.

Targeted towards the E350 CDI, a C-Tronic Diesel Power plug-and-play ECU increases horsepower from 231-hp to 280-hp. Torque skyrockets from 400 ft-lbs to close to 480 ft-lbs. Impressive indeed, especially at the price of $2,300. Sport mufflers are available for $2,950 giving the E-Class Cabriolet a nice, sporty and throatier tone.

On the exterior is classic Carlsson styling that is often seen on many Mercedes-Benz models. There is a front spoiler, front spoiler lip, and rear spoiler available as subtle enhancements to the exterior. Lowering springs and Carlsson’s signature wheels are also available – which is expected and almost assumed with any tuning package.

And of course there are your interior upgrades including a new shifter, door pins, floor mats and pedals. Of course these all carry a pretty price premium. All of it will run you around $900.

GALLERY: Carlsson Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

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 |  Jan 27 2010, 1:04 PM


One of Germany’s most respected tuners is set to unveil a new Grand Touring supercar at the Geneva Auto Show in March. Based on a Mercedes SL (or SL65 AMG Black Series perhaps), the C25 supercar from Carlsson has a significantly redesigned body as well as some expectedly serious performance under the hood.

The 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 engine has been tweaked to produce roughly 750-hp and 850 ft-lbs of torque. We also expect a curb weight that is much lighter than stock thanks to the use of carbon fiber body components.

More than just a brute performer, Carlsson claims the C25 will be daily drivable and can be serviced at your local Mercedes dealer. 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.

Click here for AutoGuide’s live 2010 Geneva Auto Show coverage starting Monday, March 1st.

GALLERY: Carlsson C25


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 |  Jan 14 2010, 10:49 PM


As much as the Japanese love modifying and tuning their cars, enthusiasts in the land of the rising sun love to get their hands on a fine German luxury car. While names like Brabus might be known best in Germany, Benz-tuner Carlsson has a huge following in Japan, thanks in part to its smart marketing efforts – like always displaying at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

Always a show staple, Carlsson was dressed to impress at TAS 2010 with an impressive corral of vehicles ranging from a modified Mercedes McLaren SLR 722, to a pair of modified and personalized Smart Cars.

In addition to these, the German tuner also has on display one of its newest packages for the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class, including a complete aero kit, exhaust system, lowering kit for the suspension and interior accessories.

GALLERY: Carlsson at the 2010 Tokyo Auto Salon


 |  Apr 28 2009, 6:43 PM


Mercedes tuner Carlsson will use the Tuning World Bodensee show in Friedrichshafen, Germany to display, for the first time, its new program for the E-Class. Much of the modifications are the usual fare, but we have to hand it to the Carlsson designers who really put together a stunning looking package.

The new aero kit looks very much like a high-performance OEM design and features an all new front bumper with LED lights. Also new are the front fendes, side skirts, the rear bumper (with a race-inspired diffuser) and a subtle trunklid spoiler. The whole kit is made of OEM-quality polyurethane for a perfect factory fit.

In a serious departure from its usual designs, Carlsson has also used the 2010 E-Class to debut a new wheel design. Called the 1/5 REVO, the new wheels measure 21-inches on this model and have a definite American flare with a two-tone matte black and silver surface. 

The car also rides low on Carlsson’s C-Tronic suspension, which has been updated. The new setup not only lowered the car by 43mm, but it also now constantly adjusts the stiffness according to road conditions.

Carlsson will offer several performance packages for the new E-Class with packages for the E250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY and E350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY diesel already available. A supercharger system will be offered for the E550, however, with a power increase of just 55hp it doesn’t quite seem worth it.

We’ll take that aero kit though!

GALLERY: Carlsson 2010 E-Class


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 |  Apr 15 2009, 11:09 AM


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


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 |  Feb 18 2009, 10:29 AM


Mercedes tuner Carlsson will have on display at the Geneva auto Show its third combined project with European fashion icon Aigner, a modified GL500 (known as the GL550 in North America).

Called the CK55 RS Racasse, this 456hp GL-Class Benz gets its name from a famous corner on a famous racetrack; the second last corner on the Monaco Grand Prix Circuit. (The two previous Carlsson/Aigner projects, the Eau Rouge and Blanchimont, are named after corners on the Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium).

With 388hp in stock trim, Carlsson has reworked the V8 engine with modified cylinder heads, high lift camshafts, a remapped ECU and free flow exhaust system with high flow cats. The result it 456hp and 472 ft-lbs of torque. Carlsson claims this is good for a 0-62 mph sprint of just 5.9 seconds, compared to 6.5 seconds for the standard vehicle.

Like all other Carlsson Aigner vehicles, the Racasse features a two-tone paint job. The full-size SUV also features a completely reworked exterior with wider wheel arches, new side skirts, new front and rear bumpers and a new, more aggressive front hood. The front grille has been replaced with a more imposing chrome unit (featuring a large Carlsson logo) with chromed wire mesh behind.

New driving and fog lights are built into the new front bumper, with LED daytime running lights and illuminated Aigner logos on the fenders.

The Racasse rolls on a set of Carlsson 3/11 UL forged aluminum wheels that measure 23×11-inches at all four corners with massive 305/30/23 tires. The SUV also sits low thanks to Carlsson C-Tronic suspension system that lowers the factory air suspension by 40 mm.

Inside is where the Aigner side of the project really shines with Alcantara on the seats, dash, door panels and center console. The headliner is also coated in Alcantara in a custom stitched pattern.

In the rear, major adjustments were made, as the Racasse has just two seats, as opposed to the usual 5 rear seats. As a result there is plenty of space – enough for a fridge, in fact. Passengers can even enjoy a beverage in the hand-blown Carlsson-Aigner glasses.

A full entertainment system is also contained in the back seat with two eight-inch screens integrated into the front headrests.

The car will officially be unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show in March and we’ll be sure to bring you more photos then.

Only 20 models will be built and as for the cost, Carlsson has set it at 228,500 Euros – or approximately $287,000. Yikes!

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