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Carlsson Mercedes CLS


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Rolf Schlepp, chief designer for the Carlsson tuning company, accentuates the coupe styling of the Mercedes CLS with a new aerodynamic package. The kit includes stainless-steel grille inserts, rear apron boasting an integrated diffuser, front spoiler, and RS front spoiler lip, the last available optionally in carbon fiber. Power boosting kits are available from Carlsson for many different CLS engines; one boosts the CLS 63 AMG twin-turbo V8 from the standard 557 PS to as much as 600 PS. The CLS 350 CDI’s power rating is boosted by as much as 20 percent by the Carlsson C-Tronic control unit, bringing it up to 780 Nm and 320 PS, an increase of 130 Nm and 55 PS over the standard model. The sprint time of the Mercedes CLS has been improved from the standard by a full 0.3 seconds, resulting in zero to one hundred kilometers an hour in only 5.9 seconds.

Double-oval tailpipes and a rear silencer handle the exhaust, and the buyer can additionally opt for stainless-steel tailpipes. The Mercedes C-Tronic SUSPENSION kit can be adapted to the AIRMATIC suspension and can be used to lower your car by 30 mm.

The internals remain just as articulate inside the Mercedes CLS. The cabin finish is top-rate from beginning to end, featuring Alcantara and leather; the trims are carbon and wood, the latter inlays featuring piano black varnish. The interior upholstery boasts contrasting stitching on Carlsson Nappa leather for the door panels and seats. The mats boast the familiar Carlsson logo, accompanying foot rests and pedals made of brushed aluminum and an Alcantara sports steering wheel. The leather is even tanned with drinking-quality water. The tuning package is just that refined. Look for the Carlsson Mercedes-Benz to be commercially available as soon as April.

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