2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS by Carlsson Debuts Ahead of Geneva Motor Show

Words John Clark | February 28, 2011
German tuner Carlsson has also taken a turn at the 2012 Mercedes CLS that they have readied for Geneva
Words John Clark February 28, 2011

It looks like Brabus won’t be the only tuner with a Mercedes-Benz CLS at the 2011 Geneva Motor show, as German tuner Carlsson has also taken a turn performing their magic on the 2012 Mercedes CLS.

Rolf Schlepp, Chief Designer of Carlsson, worked on accentuating the four-door CLS Coupe’s already sexy styling, adding an aerodynamic kit that includes a new front spoiler, RS front spoiler lip, stainless-steel grille inserts, rear spoiler and rear apron with integrated diffuser.

Under the hood, Carlsson is offering power boosting kits for the many engine variants of the CLS-Class. For example, the CLS 350 CDI achieves a power output that is 20 percent greater than the standard engine thanks to the Carlsson C-Tronic DIESEL POWER additional control unit. Instead of 265 hp (195kW), the self-igniting engine now manages 320 hp (235 kW), while maximum torque has increased from 650 to 780 Nm. This allows the CLS 350 CDI to go from 0 to 62 mph in 5.9 seconds, up from the standard 6.2 seconds.

Another highlight of the Carlsson CLS are the model’s light alloy wheels in 1/10 design, available up to 20 inches,  and the perfect compliment to the sporty and stylish contours of the new aerodynamics package. For the exhaust, Carlsson offers double-over tailpipes and stainless-steel rear silencer with the option of stainless-steel tailpipes.

Helping lower the CLS’s stance, Carlsson’s C-Tronic Suspension kit that is adaptable to standard airmatic suspensions offers the ability to lower ride height up to 30mm.

As always, Carlsson is the using finest materials available on the interior such as leather, exclusive alcantara, carbon, best root wood, and several other exclusive nature materials. The seats and the doors panels have been covered in Carlsson Nappa with contrasting Carlsson stitching. This leather is exclusively produced for Carlsson as barrel pigmented aniline leather which is available in all conceivable colour variations.

The Carlsson Mercedes-Benz CLS will make its world debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show and goes on sale in April.