lb-ft (electronically limited)
125.5 hp per liter
(from Carlsson Press
Release) The Carlsson Super-GT C25
The design philosophy of the
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
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 front view
…is dominated by the
dynamic and aggressive trapezoid shapes of the giant air inlets
which are typical for Carlsson and which perfectly interact in a
tension-filled contrast with the sovereign lights.
The powerfully vaulted wings which can be perceived as landmarks
from the driver´s seat flow into the bonnet with its strong contours
at the sides with integrated power domes. In connection with the
vertically adjusted daytime running lights, the headlights render a
superb racing character.
The side view
…clearly confirms the
classic GT-proportions with front central engine under the elongated
bonnet, the firm aero tail and the formally reduced roof
construction. Basically, it consists of three plane arches which are
dynamically connected by an elaborately offset line management.
The brawny and muscular
car body impresses with its crouched appearance with powerfully
modelled wings dominating the side view.
A main arch spanning
over the cockpit is supported by two arch-shaped wings at the front
and at the back which majestically rise over the wheels.
The Carlsson designers
created the wheel flange and wings, the negative rear view and the
lower front from vertical lines lunging forward and rendering a fast
The elaborate graphical design of the motor engine ventilation,
wheel flanges, wing edges and door section corresponds with the
strongly vaulted sides and renders a rich contrast.
The rear view
…has a highly visible
aerodynamic functionality. The entire rear section has been
basically designed like a generous cave in order to integrate the
upper rear edge generating downthrust in the best possible formal
and logical way. Deliberately, Rolf Schepp puts the dynamic focus on
the powerfully designed double diffuser with the significantly
integrated end pipe blends which make the rear look not so high.
Rolf Schepp continues to
apply the paramount trapezoid shapes from the front which are so
typical for Carlsson also to the back by a perfect interaction of
the boot lid and the double diffuser. The GT-typical, flowing and
filigree roof construction is supported by the broad shoulders of
the rear wings and flows into the gently curved ascent of the back
With the Carlsson C25,
the automobile manufactory consequently lights the way into future.
The design of the Gran Turismo accomplished to connect agility,
elegance and functionality in a unique automobile.
The technical philosophy of the
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 metres, electronically limited to 1150 Newton
metres and accelerates from 0 to 100 kph in only 3.7 seconds.
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 recognises the road condition as well as the
driving behaviour 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
For perfect travel
comfort, the Carlsson C25 offers all safety- and assistance systems
which fulfil the high Mercedes-Benz standards: ABS, ESP, Airbags,
crash-behaviour 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.
Intuitive operation and
In addition to its
unsurpassable road capability, the Carlsson C25 offers an operating
concept which seems surprisingly familiar to the driver. The cockpit
with the central instruments tilted towards the driver, the sport
steering wheel and the comfortable seats are made for intuitive
operation. The engineers and designers put special emphasis on the
arrangement and design of the instruments and that shows in the
high-quality haptics and the superb intuitive operation.
But the Carlsson C25
does not only convince with its positioning combining the advantages
of a high-performance automobile with perfect road capability. Also
when it comes to the price, the Gran Turismo from Merzig/Germany is
very attractive. For cars with a comparable performance from Italy
or Scandinavia, the customer has to invest at least the double if
not the triple price. But even then those car manufacturers can’t
guarantee their customers the exclusiveness of the Carlsson C25 as
there is only one automobile available per country.
No Carlsson C25 looks like the
Moreover, the automobile
manufactory Carlsson designs the C25 entirely according to customer
demands. This includes a varnish in two- or three-colour concept
which is also used for the interior. Also Carlsson offers for
example an audio system which has especially been produced for the
C25 by the French high-end manufacturer Focal.
When it comes to
material selection, there are also no limits. Most of all the
interior decoration can be lined with all possible combinations made
of leather, ultra-suede or textile fabric.
Also, the forged light
alloy wheels can be produced according to the wishes of the
customer. The customer can opt for the shape and varnish of the rims
in one-, two- or three-colour design and therefore the customer can
rest assured that his set of wheels is unique all over the world.
Moreover, Carlsson offers the ultra-light forged wheel 1/10 UL which
sets new standards in wheel design with its revolutionary
combination of single- and double spokes..
further increases the exclusiveness of the anyway strictly limited
series of only 25 pieces. And this ensures that only unique
automobiles are produced. No C25 looks like the other.
In the tradition of large coachbuilders
With its first own
developed car, the automobile manufactory continues the tradition of
large coachbuilders. This already shows in the design of the
Carlsson C25 which bears the origins of the legendary Mercedes
models such as the W 196 or the “Autobahnkurier” (Autobahn cruiser).
Carlsson combined this tradition with the continuously developing
Carlsson design which is reflected in the typical trapezoid shapes.
As so often with traditional companies which originated from family
businesses, the automobile manufactory Carlsson developed a unique
car which only uses the platform of a large car company.
Already between both
World Wars or from the 1950s onwards, smaller companies have taken a
significant influence on larger car companies. This included
Mulliner and Park Ward with their groundbreaking work for
Rolls-Royce and Bentley. Also Swiss Peter Monteverdi made history
with his new auto body for the Ferrari Monza or other cars which
combined US-American engines with Italian car bodies such as the
Monteverdi Hai 450 with its hand-made carriage.
In exactly the same way
as these specialists, Carlsson and the C25 today present which
possibilities there are when combining experience, passion and the
art of engineering.