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Mercedes-Benz tuner Carlsson Autotechnik of Gut Wiesenhof in Merzig, presents the Carlsson CK55 RS. On the basis of the CLS 55 AMG and oriented completely towards the Carlsson philosophy, the company's engineers have developed a fascinating dream car with some imposing performance data.

Impressive power hike to 560 bhp
The heart of the Carlsson CK55 RS is the supercharged 8-cylinder engine, which has been tuned to 560 bhp and can catapult the elegant saloon car from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds. Air resistance finally puts an end to the relentless acceleration of the Carlsson CK55 RS at a speed well in excess of 300 km/h. For safety reasons, Carlsson's engineering team decided to limit the top speed electronically to 320 km/h. The same applies to the torque which has been raised to 780 Nm between 2600 and 4500 rpm.

The Carlsson CM50 K is based on the CLS 500. After Carlsson's engineers have breathed on the engine, it produces a useful 430 bhp and accelerates the elegant four-door Carlsson coupé from 0-100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds (standard model: 6.1 sec.) and then on to a top speed of 283 km/h.

Electronic lowering
Underscored by the sonorous sound of the 8-cylinder engine, the impressive elasticity fulfils even the highest expectations in terms of vehicle dynamics and comfort. Regardless of the situation, the driver not only has enormous reserves of power on tap but also, thanks to the C-Tronic® lowering system developed by Carlsson, can enjoy a new dimension of enthusiastic driving. The combination of a lower centre of gravity, precisely matched chassis components and Carlsson's ultra-light forged wheels results in unparalleled driving dynamics.

Carlsson 1/16 Ultra Light forged wheels
The dimensions of the Carlsson 1/16 Ultra Light forged wheels on the front axle are 8.5 x 19" with 245/35 tyres and 10 x 19" with 285/30 tyres at the back. In conjunction with the unique forging technology, the extremely complex manufacturing process results in a significant weight saving with conventional light alloy wheels of the same size being 50 percent heavier. Besides the technical benefits, the highly polished Carlsson 1/16 Ultra Light forged wheels are also distinguished by their extremely elegant appearance.

Carlsson aerodynamic parts
Carlsson decided to fit a front-spoiler lip to ensure optimum cooling of all vital components, such as the brakes and engine, under even the most extreme conditions. This improves the flow of cooling air through an enlarged and central air inlet. Additionally, side openings beneath the headlights provide additional cooling for the brakes. The back is dominated by the Carlsson rear spoiler, which reduces lift dramatically and guarantees a further improvement to both handling and roadholding. Completing the conversion are a rear-skirt lip with integrated tailpipes and an under-floor wing with polished, stainless steel mesh.

Two stainless steel rear silencers with twin oval tailpipes
The sound of the powerful V8 is underscored by stainless steel rear silencers. A lower backpressure compared to the standard system releases additional power. Characterised by first-class craftsmanship, the 4-pipe system emits an exciting but subdued sound. Moreover, the twin oval tailpipes have bee deposited, the double-wall design prevents the tailpipes from becoming discoloured by the heat of the exhaust gases.

The finest interior appointments
However, the Carlsson CK55 RS is not just a visual treat from the outside. The inside is also easy on the eye and surrounds the driver and passengers with choice materials. High-grade Carlsson leather appoint­ments, numerous inserts made of real carbon and the ergonomically designed Carlsson sports steering round off the complete conversion. Indeed, there are no limits on individual wishes when it comes to fitting out Carlsson automobiles.

Carlsson Autotechnik GmbH has been an exclusive manufacturer of individual high-performance automobiles based on Mercedes-Benz cars for many years. With the Carlsson CK55 RS, which will be available in the spring of next year, the company provides impressive evidence of its skills in this field.

Further information
about the exclusive range of tuning parts for Mercedes-Benz automobiles is available from Carlsson in Merzig, the Carlsson sales network or any Carlsson dealer. Details can also be found on the Internet at www.carlsson.de

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