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Carlsson CK50 - Tuned

Like a GL Class, only more so

Feb 22, 2007

Imagine a luxury German car that can go off-road. You've just come up with the Mercedes-Benz GL Class. Now imagine a GL that's been tuned, tweaked and generally transformed into something amazing. Chances are it will resemble the Carlsson CK50. The German tuning house has created yet another object of desire by taking the already well appointed and powerful GL500 and giving its 388-bhp, 5.0-liter V8 a dose of automotive steroids. Power now stands at 435 bhp, while torque is up to 442 lb-ft--available from 2800 to 4800 rpm. Carlsson claims a zero-to-62-mph time of 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 154 mph. Twin double oval exhaust tailpipes (all stainless steel) help provide this power as well as lending an aural thrill. Carlsson also offers the option of its C-Tronic suspension lowering kit that can reduce ride height by 1.4 inches. It not only lowers the center of gravity but also interacts with the road. On poor surfaces where the suspension has to work hard, ride height is automatically adjusted to ensure constant comfort. And by curbing body roll, it makes the car feel more agile. An extra benefit is that the lower car offers less wind resistance and has less air flowing beneath it. Naturally, there are wheels to go with it. Choose between 9.5x20-inch one-piece 11-spoke alloys (1/11 Brilliant Edition) or 10x22 three-piece (3/11 Ultra Light) models. After that, it's just a question of which soft nappa leather, precious wood, or multimedia system to have installed in the cabin. Wouldn't it be great to have to deal with these kinds of problems?



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