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Carlsson (car company)

CARLSSON AUTOTECHNIK GMBH
Public
Industry Automotive
Founded 1989
Headquarters Merzig, Germany
Key people
Markus Schuster, Chief Executive Officer
Products Automobiles
Parent Zhongsheng Group
Website www.carlsson.de

Carlsson is a German car tuning manufacturer specialising in Mercedes-Benz cars. The Carlsson tuning house was founded by brothers Rolf and Andreas Hartge in 1989. Carlsson's products are available for the entire current range of Mercedes-Benz models including the R-Class [1], SL-Class [2], C-Class [3] and the GL-Class [4] along with many others. The company is most popular for its range of alloy wheels.

Through a new importer Carlsson began a more aggressive push into the US market in 2006 after debuting their newly modified CL500 (Euro-spec) vehicle at the 2006 SEMA Show. In their review, Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine said, "... the CL is starting to resemble something more in line with a Bentley Continental - even if it is a little shy when it comes to horsepower."[1]

Cars

Carlsson CK35 RS Race Car

Based on a Mercedes SLK350 the CK35 RS race car debuted at the Nurburgring 24 hour race in 2005. The Carlsson Racer produces Script error: No such module "convert". at 6500 rpm and Script error: No such module "convert". of torque at 3500 rpm. It can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 265 km/h (165 mph).[5]

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Carlsson C25 at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show

Carlsson C25

Carlsson's first supercar, the C25, made its debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. With a limited run of 25 units, the C25 is powered by a twin-turbocharged V12 engine that generates Script error: No such module "convert". and Script error: No such module "convert". of torque. Estimated acceleration from 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds and top speed is 219 mph. (355 km/h)[2]

Carlsson Coachbuilding

In 2007 Carlsson began a coachbuilding program with fashionhouse Etienne Aigner. The first example of their work together was a coachbuilt Mercedes CL65, titled the Carlsson Aigner CK65 RS "Eau Rouge." The "Eau Rouge" refers to the famous turn at the Belgian race track Spa Francorchamps. Producing Script error: No such module "convert". from Carlsson's engineers the car has a two-tone paint scheme and features a hand crafted wine-colored interior from Etienne Aigner.[3]

References

  1. ^ Modified Luxury & Exotics Tier-One Tuning, PP. 100 to 106, By Colum Wood. Photos by Joost Demuynck. June 2007
  2. ^ Serious Wheels - 2010 Carlsson C25 Development
  3. ^ Modified Luxury & Exotics Fast Fashion, PP. 46 to 52, By Dustin A. Woods. Photos by Joost Demuynck. May 2008

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