CK60 engine kit gives the coupé a
0-100 km/h of 4.4 seconds.
13 October 2006.
If sports cars are usually reputed
for their compromise conditions, some models still
offer both large and sporty bodies, even with a luxury
image and all the comfort you would expect from a top
luxury sedan, like a Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Well, exactly, take the S-Class as
an example. The new Mercedes-Benz CL is technically
based on the S-Class, to bring luxury and sports cars
style together, with the required exclusivity of
course. One of the biggest coupés around, it is also
one of the most luxurious in its class.
But - there is often a but - if
even a "standard" Mercedes-Benz CL600
doesn't stand up to your exclusivity standards,
Carlsson, one of the most known Mercedes-Benz tuners
in the business, has just launched its further refined
version the luxury coupé with an interior of the
highest quality and an engine tweak that improves not
only performance but also drivability.
tuned V12 develops 600 bhp with 1024
Nm of torque at 3500 rpm.
Performance - Developed
especially for the CL 600, the CK60 engine kit
accelerates the elegant coupé from 0 to 100 km/h in
4.4 seconds. After the Carlsson treatment, the tuned
V12 develops 600 bhp / 441 kW (standard 517 bhp / 380
kW) at 5000 rpm, with 1024 Nm of torque at 3500 rpm.
Top speed is an electronically regulated 320 km/h (due
to the limitations of the available tyres).
With such figures, the Carlsson
sports exhaust system with centre and rear silencers
improves both performance and sound. The rear view of
the CK60 is dominated by the sports rear silencers
with four tail pipes that impress not only through a
dramatic, sonorous sound but also through a reduction
in backpressure and optimised pipe run compared to the
standard version. The result: more torque and more
Closer to earth now, come the ultra
light forged wheels which are significantly lighter
than conventional cast wheels and... just as strong.
Comparable standard cast wheels weigh around 50 % more
than Carlsson forged ones. Thanks to the weight
reduction, they tend to tramp less than their cast
equivalents (lower unsprung mass) and thus offer
improved handling, safety and comfort.
1/16 Ultra Light wheel design.
The Carlsson 3/11 Ultra Light
wheel design is characteristic of the company's
high-tech orientation. The three-piece, 11-spoke
forged wheel was conceived especially for larger
For the CL, Carlsson offers
11-spoke wheels in the dimensions 9x21“ with Dunlop
SP Sport Maxx 255/30 ZR 21 tyres for the front axle
and 10x21“ with Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 285/30 ZR21
tyres for the rear.
The Carlsson 1/16 Ultra Light
wheel design is available for the CL600 in dimensions
8.5x20“ with Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 255/35 ZR 20 tyres
at the front and 11x20“with Dunlop SP Sport Maxx
275/35 ZR20 tyres at the rear.
The lines of the standard CL are
elegant, no doubt. Nevertheless, Carlsson just wanted
to underline this elegance with restrained,
aerodynamically effective components. For this reason,
the front-spoiler and rear-skirt lips in typical
Carlsson diffuser look, as well as the striking rear
spoiler, improve the handling of the luxury car at
The CK 60 is also fully in line
with the safety reputation of Mercedes-Benz cars.
These refinements are rounded off by an
electro-polished, stainless-steel grille insert that,
on the one hand, improves the flow of air to the
radiators and, on the other hand, underscores the
sporting nature of the design kit. The front-spoiler
lip and grille-insert kits are available separately so
customers can determine the degree of individuality
Exclusively for the CL 600,
Carlsson offers the C-Tronic suspension electronic
lowering kit that reduces the ride height of the
vehicle by approx. 30 mm. Lowering the car gives
it a significantly more sporting look, but the
C-Tronic suspension doesn't only lower the centre of
gravity. Thanks to the sophisticated technology, it
interacts with the road surface, so on poor roads
where the suspension has to work hard, the car's ride
height is automatically adjusted to ensure the spring
travelling remaining is sufficient for constant ride
comfort. Drivers notice the effects of the C-Tronic
lowering via a reduced tendency to roll and
considerably more agile handling.
Additionally, the C-Tronic
suspension ensures that even at speeds in excess of
120 km/h, the car is not lowered beyond the standard
minimum ride height, thus ensuring sufficient
compression travel for the suspension. An incidental
effect of lowering the car is a reduction in air
resistance and lift because less air flows beneath the
Inside, the Carlsson CK60 interior
appointments combine Alcantara and leather, with the
attractive rhombus quilting of the leather for the
door centre panels and a firm and pleasant grip
on an ergonomically shaped Carlsson sports steering
wheel in leather / Alcantara or leather / wood.
Market-specific prices, shipping
costs and other information - or inquiries - about the
Carlsson exclusive range of tuning parts for
Mercedes-Benz automobiles can be obtained from the Carlsson