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Ultimate pimped Merc GL

2009-07-29 07:45

Front styling is not of the understated variety. Upgraded 5.5l V8 lurks behind.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Carlsson
Model CK 50
Engine 5.5l V8
Power 320kW
Torque 600Nm
The Teutonic Range Rover, Merc’s GL500, is given discernable street cred by Carlsson. Elegance? No. Presence? Yes.

Carlsson’s tuning kit enhances the GL500’s appeal through three channels – styling, engine output and suspension dynamics.

Most obvious is the work done to the car’s surfacing.

Although the standard GL500 is a rather imposing - well - thing, this Carlsson RS has an even larger grille, with a stylised motif in the middle and enough reflective stainless steel blended in to blind astronauts in orbit.

Framing the oversized Carlsson grille’s flanks are new headlight inserts, whilst a new chin spoiler and LED daytime running lights underscores the front styling changes.

Along the flanks new side skirts continue the body-kit embellishing theme, rounded off with a new rear bumper which provides clearance for the oversized exhausts ends.

It’s not very subtle or particularly stylish, but neither is the stock GL500.

Boosting acceleration and driving dynamics is a reconfigured ECU and performance air filter, which bumps power from 285kW to 320kW, whilst peak rotational force increases in 530- to 600Nm. Sound effects should be epic with the 5.5l V8 gas-exchanging via a new sports exhaust.

Carlsson offers an intelligent lowering option for the GL500’s pneumatic suspension too, lowering the car by a median 30mm across its adjustability range.

As good as this Carlsson fettled air suspension might be, with the RK 50 rolling a set of Dunlop 295/35s at each wheel corner on 22-inch wheels, expect ride quality to not even be punishing, but rather nonexistent instead.

If you have a thing for German SUVs with low-range and 22-inch wheels though, you’ll probably love the Carlsson RK 50.

As they say - it’s good to be a gangster…


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