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(from Kleemann Press
Release) KLEEMANN GTK: Danish design, world-dominating
In 2004, KLEEMANN made ambitious plans for creating unique and
exclusive KLEEMANN sportscars. Now, after 3 years of design and
development, KLEEMANN brings their vast technology know-how and
experience to the next level by introducing the GTK concept car.
KLEEMANN, best known for their extensive experience in Kompressor
technology and exclusive styling products for Mercedes-Benz cars,
now enters the battlefield of the exclusive sportscar manufacturers.
This was made possible when KLEEMANN employed the internationally
experienced car designer Christian Brandt. Christian has headed the
top secret GTK design project, which was not only a sportscar
project, but also a design and technology development platform for
future KLEEMANN performance and styling solutions for Mercedes-Benz
"KLEEMANN styling solutions have always been designed with the
deepest of respect for the elegant, powerful and exclusive design of
the Mercedes-Benz cars. In order to go to the next level of KLEEMANN
design, we felt that we needed to create a complete car. Designing a
complete car enables us to create styling solutions for the
Mercedes-Benz cars from a much bigger perspective than we have done
previously by creating enhancements for production cars." says
"The GTK design project has been a big inspiration for both current
and future KLEEMANN products. The wheel of the GTK has inspired the
new TS-7 wheel with its unique directional one-piece design, and
elements from the GTK design are similar to some parts of the
current styling solutions for the KLEEMANN S-class and CLS-class.
Current design projects planned for launch in the next 6-12 months
for new Mercedes-Benz models will feature significant shapes and
details from the GTK design. As with all other KLEEMANN styling
solutions, the design of the GTK is based on the unique KLEEMANN
design code of elegance and simplicity acknowledging the Nordic
design traditions of simple and organic shapes. The positive
feedback from the market over the past couple of years confirms us
in the belief that the KLEEMANN design direction we set in 2004 is
right and appealing to the international market." concludes Mr.
Sophisticated and reliable
The KLEEMANN GTK
features carbon fibre body panels as well as many existing high
performance KLEEMANN products, such as Kompressor system, alloy
wheels, brakes and suspension. These products have been developed
and tested since 2004 in a Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG; the GTK is
structurally based on the SLK.
"When we chose to base the GTK on the Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG, we
wanted to offer exclusive sportscar design with the built-in
everyday reliability, safety and comfort of the Mercedes-Benz cars.
That way we could focus on developing specific elements making the
car's design and performance unique for KLEEMANN." says technical
director Claus Ankjaer
"In the creation of the GTK we faced several new challenges, and the
experience we gained from solving these challenges, enable us to
develop and manufacture even more sophisticated and reliable
performance solutions for existing and future Mercedes-Benz car
models." Mr. Ankjaer adds.
Featuring the normally aspirated SLK 55 AMG engine fitted with a
complete KLEEMANN Kompressor system, the GTK boasts 540 HP of power
and 700 Nm of torque. This power is transferred to the road through
a 7-speed automatic gearbox, a KLEEMANN limited slip differential
and ultra low profile Toyo T1-R tires on 20" KLEEMANN alloy rims
designed specifically for the GTK, giving the driver maximum
performance and control on the road. Being a safe, reliable and
everyday usable sportscar reflects the Comfort Power slogan of
KLEEMANN, and sets the GTK apart from many other race bred
The raw performance data for the GTK places it at the very front of
the competition. The 0-100 km/h acceleration is achieved in only 3.7
seconds and the GTK continues the brutal acceleration right up to
the electronically limited top speed of 300 km/h. The high
performance KLEEMANN brake system featuring 380 mm. vented discs
with 8 piston fixed aluminium callipers front and 345 mm. vented
discs with 4 piston fixed aluminium callipers rear ensure fast and
secure stopping power from any speed.
KLEEMANN is currently not planning production of the GTK.
About KLEEMANN A/S
KLEEMANN A/S specializes
in the development, design and manufacture of exclusive performance
and design solutions for Mercedes-Benz automobiles. Under the slogan
"Comfort Power", KLEEMANN offers the most efficient engine
performance and design solutions available on the market. KLEEMANN
cars and products are sold in more than 40 countries worldwide.
Claus Ankjr and Sren Jess founded KLEEMANN A/S in 1994 and the
company currently employs 20 people in the Danish and US