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2010-01-29 08:14
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Carlsson
Model C25
Engine 6l bi-turbo V12
Power 554kW @ 5 000r/min
Torque 1 150Nm @ 2 000-4 000r/min
Transmission Five-speed manual
Zero To Hundred 3.7 sec
Top Speed 352km/h
Weight 1 950kg
Tyres 265/30 R 20 (front), 325/25 R 20 (back)
Carlsson, purveyor of stylish Mercedes-Benz go-faster kits, has now entered the low-volume supercar market with its very own design.

Operating from the historical Gut Wiesenhof manor house, Carlsson has always been the ‘other’ Mercedes-Benz aftermarket specialist in Germany - operating in the shadow of larger volume tuning concern Brabus.

At next month’s Geneva motor show, the Swabian tuning concern will cross the divide and become an official federal government approved manufacturer with its immensely impressive (on paper at least) C25 supercar.

Do we see some Merc SLR in the styling details?

The Americans get only one - like all the rest of us...

An exercise in hyper-exclusivity, the C25 will not only be limited to 25 units of total production, but only 25 choice markets will received one car each. The point of this? Well, you don’t have to worry about another C25 stealing your thunder in Kuwait or Miami if you have one on order already.

In terms of design Carlsson is not divulging surfacing composition or chassis details quite yet, although a dual aft diffuser has eliminated the need for elaborate spoilers to aid high-speed stability.

The C25’s renderings cue a car of generous proportions and true supercar presence.

Wheels are 20-inch jobs. At 11.2kg allegedly 40% lighter than anything comparable in size.

Big bi-turbo power

Powering the C25 is AMG’s 6l V12 bi-turbo engine.

Thanks to a meticulous upgrade by Carlsson’s engineers, the V12 powerplant has added nearly 100kW of power (it turns over 554kW at 5 000r/min).

Peak rotational force (usually limited to 1 000Nm in Mercedes-Benz applications) levels out to a transmission testing 1 150Nm between 2 000-4 000r/min. Drive is exclusively to the rear axle via a five-speed transmission.

Although the C25 is no lightweight at 1 950kg, Carlsson says it will see 352km/h at the long end of the drivetrain’s endurance and dispatch the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.7 seconds.

LFA Logic?

Considering the epic velocities C25 is capable of Carlsson have slotted in 405mm rotors actuated by six-piston callipers behind the front wheels, whilst 380mm discs are clamped by four-piston callipers at the rear.

Keeping the C25 pointing generally in the desired direction at speed is Carlsson C-Tronic continuously adaptive air-suspension module, which adjusts damping rebound and ride height according to road surface conditions and driver input.

The C25 is set to retail for between €400 000 and €500 000, depending on the market you find yourself in – and you though an Aston One-77 was exclusive…C25 is priced at levels which would make even Lexus LF-A owners blush.


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