It is the dream of every designer to create a classic Gran Turismo one time. As far as the C25 is concerned, the Carlsson head designer Rolf Schepp has mastered an extreme challenge. The art was to develop an independent design combining the emotional character with safety-relevant aspects and high road capability.
Carlsson has therefore implemented a self-confident, but function-oriented design rendering high dynamics, timeless elegance, visible sportiness and road capability due to subtle line management and well-balanced proportions.
At the same time, the Carlsson design team achieved to integrate the significant Mercedes origin into the independent Gran Turismo design.
This way, the modern interpreted shapes can be traced back to the W 196 up to the “Autobahnkurier” (Autobahn cruiser). This essential basis of the Carlsson design philosophy has been growing over the years and is now also a cornerstone for the design of the C25. But with this automobile, this cornerstone for the first time has been subjected to the independent GT line management. The consequent redesign of the car body led to a carriage which embodies functional purposes besides elegance and sportiness. Therefore, the automobile does not need any extendable attachments in order to render the necessary aerodynamics for everyday use.
The Carlsson C25 has been born from a revolutionary idea. For the first time, the automobile manufactory positions a Gran Turismo in an entirely new way. The coupé is the first own developed car by Carlsson and it combines two vehicle concepts which up to now have been considered as incompatible. On the one hand, the Carlsson C25 renders top performances with its 753 hp strong engine and an acceleration from 0 to 100 kph in 3.7 seconds. And on the other hand it breaks out from the supercar category and offers comfortable travel performances and an unsurpassable road capability. Therefore, the Carlsson C25 combines the best from two worlds and with its limited edition of only 25 pieces it offers an outstanding exclusiveness.
The V12-Biturbo owes its 753 hp (554 kW) to Carlsson’s experience and art of engineering. This performance is guaranteed by the interaction between the stainless steel exhaust system, the special sports air filters and the engine electronics especially adjusted to the C25 with its special engine characteristic maps for injection and ignition. Also the charge air ventilation and the manifold are exactly adjusted to the car. Therefore, the high-performance engine renders a maximum torque of 1320 Newton meters, electronically limited to 1150 Newton meters and accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in only 3.7 seconds.
The comprehensive adjustment between car body, aerodynamics, engine performance and undercarriage renders an unsurpassable driving experience. The Carlsson C25 is no serial automobile with an oversized implanted engine, but a special automobile with perfectly adjusted components. Intelligent undercarriage guarantees perfect road capability.
But this is not the only unique selling point of the Carlsson C25. No Gran Turismo with comparable performance data has ever reached the maximum road capability as incorporated by the Carlsson C25. This is among others rendered by the suspension technology C-Tronic® SUSPENSION. The intelligent system recognizes the road condition as well as the driving behavior and continuously adjusts the remaining spring travel and the damping settings to it. This guarantees driving pleasure in narrow curves due to a perfectly limited vehicle roll as well as a comfortable journey on long distances and bad road conditions.
For perfect travel comfort, the Carlsson C25 offers all safety- and assistance systems which fulfill the high Mercedes-Benz standards: ABS, ESP, Airbags, crash-behavior and pedestrian protection. Therefore, the Carlsson C25 has the advantage that the Gran Turismo can still be serviced by any Mercedes-Benz garage. The customer is not bound to one dealer specialised in the Carlsson C25, but can always rely on the closest Mercedes-Benz garage.
Source: Carlsson press