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2008-08-01 10:10
Aigner CK65 RS Blanchimont, a rather odd looking p

Aigner CK65 RS Blanchimont, a rather odd looking product from Carlsson

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Carlsson
Model Aigner CK65 RS Blanchimont
Engine 6-litre bi-turbo V12
Power 515kW
Torque 1 100Nm
Zero To Hundred 3.9 seconds
Top Speed 320km/h
Tyres Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 295/25, 21-inch mags
Really want to stand out from the Polo crowd with your S-Class? Carlsson have the car for you and then some.

If AMG is the in-house tuning division and Brabus the individualist’s performance choice when it comes to bespoke Mercedes-Benz products, then Carlsson is simply the over elaborate, aftermarket speed shop for gangsters.

Pretty brash

If horrid colour contrasting, garishly remoulded add-on styling elements and garish, oversized wheels are your kind of thing, Carlsson can offer you the new S-Class based (or defaced, actually) Aigner CK65 RS Blanchimont.

With engineering by Carlsson and trim design by legendary Munich luxury brand Aigner the Blanchimont is built with former Eastern European plutocrats and ‘business men’ in mind.

Hardly an ode to good taste as much as an example of design excess, the dual-tone Blanchimont exterior paint finish is embellished with a carbon-fibre RS front spoiler lip, RS rear apron lip and RS rear wing. The aforementioned styling upgrades improve airflow management and high-speed stability whilst reducing aesthetics appreciably. Any remnant of Mercedes elegance is rendered void by the ridiculous dual-tone paint finish.

Pretty quick

Being this ugly, you have to be quick to outrun insults, and Carlsson has massage extra power from the 6-litre V12 bi-turbo engine to the tune of 515kW and 1 100Nm. Despite its largesse Carlsson claims a 3.9 second 0-100km/h sprint time for the Blanchimont and a top knock of 320km/h.

Featuring performance air-filters and a customised stainless steel exhaust system the Blanchimont engine acoustics should no doubt be appealing.

Ride and handling is improved by a C-tronic active ride suspension system which lowers ride height by a medial 30mm, although it surely works overtime drying to reach a damping compromise with the ridiculous 21-inch mags rolling Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 295/25 tyres.

Pretty ostentatious

A key part of the Blanchimont model joint venture between Carlsson and Aigner concerns interior design.

A combination of the renowned Aigner leather and Aigner Alcantara invite the viewer to climb inside and savour the ambience. The highest level of workmanship characterises the recreated interior – and you would expect no less from a German aftermarket manufacturer.

The ergonomic design of the Carlsson sports steering wheel in leather and in Alcantara turns driving and controlling the Carlsson Aigner into a particularly enjoyable tactile experience, despite the odd looks you’ll have to endure thanks to the exterior styling package. Carlsson aluminium sports pedal pads, illuminated door sill protectors and further visual touches round off the cabin trim package.

The in-car infotainment system or Carlsson office concert hall infotainment system renders nearly flawless sound quality thanks to the best Alpine and Focal components. A WLAN UMTS router enables three laptops to go online wirelessly independent of each other, ensuring secure Swiss bank fund transfers on the move.

So if you like you luxury Mercedes-Benz vehicles in barge trim with mad performance and gangster spec interior trim, the Aigner CK65 RS Blanchimont should set you back about 390 000 Euros.


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