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2008 Carlsson CK50 based on Mercedes-Benz GL 500


Mercedes-Benz

The most imposing vehicle in the Mercedes-Benz range is the GL Class. Despite its robust nature, this all-terrain vehicle is also distinguished by an ambience that captivates S Class drivers. The impression of luxury given can be refined even more at Carlsson in the southwest German town of Merzig.

Developed by Carlsson especially for the GL, the CK50 engine kit accelerates not only the driver's pulse but also the elegant automobile in just 6.1 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h. No less impressive is the engine output after being given the Carlsson treatment: the tuned V8 develops 435 bhp / 320 kW (standard 388 bhp / 285 kW) at 6000 rpm coupled with 600 Nm of torque at 2800-4800 rpm. Top speed according to Carlsson is 248 km/h.

The aim of the Carlsson engineers with the 2/11 BE was to develop a sporting and elegant wheel which is comparatively light and yet of high strength. The multi-spoke design of the wheel 2/11 is the perfect solution for a weight-optimized wheel. The power which affect the wheel is optimally led into the wheel spider by the uniform distribution of the 11 spokes.

In this way an overdimensioned wall thickness can be avoided and a minor weight of the wheel can be reached. Another important benefit, especially in the case of bigger cars, is the excellent brake ventilation, which results in improved braking characteristics.

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