Introduced in 1993, now in its fourth generation, the C-Class is Mercedes-Benz’s compact sports sedan. On the 2014 model the styling is clearly influenced by the top-of-the-line S-Class model, and while that can sometimes lead to awkwardly designed vehicles, the execution here is very good. Extensive use of aluminum has led to several hundred pounds of weight savings, as well as a chassis that Mercedes claims is stiffer than every other vehicle in its class. The car is already on sale in Europe but won’t be for sale in the U.S. until September.
Carlsson’s motto is, “The best in a different way,” and its take on the C-Class is certainly different. Dressed in a host of new exterior body parts designed to improve aerodynamics and performance, the sedan also received an improved interior and a new set of 20-inch alloy wheels. The car’s outside is given larger imitation air intakes and a new spoiler lip in the front which can be ordered also in carbon, chrome-plated exhaust tips, new rear skirts and a trunk lid spoiler. Carlsson claims that all of its aerodynamic components are manufactured to OEM standards of fit and quality and the front bumper doesn’t require any modification of the original attachment points. Completing the new look up front are contoured headlamps that add a more aggressive look to the C-Class.
The tuner, also provides a new suspension that lowers the car with 30 mm (1.2 inches). Carlsson retained the stock dampers but uprated the springs in order to improve the handling. For those who will want to take their C-Class to the track, a more advanced and obviously more expensive coilover kit will be available.
Inside the cabin, Mercedes owners will enjoy velour floor mats, wood and carbon fiber inserts, illuminated door sill scuff plates, alloy pedals and various types of leather upholstery. Obviously, there will be some engine upgrades available, to match all of these visual enhancements; these particular upgrades are currently in the works at Carlsson’s headquarters in Merzig, Germany. Should result in one impressive ride!
Here is the tuner’s official press release :
Sporty, elegant and aesthetically pleasing, the new C-Class Saloon (W205) is a paradigm of the organic design language that characterises the current Mercedes-Benz range.
Carlsson, the premium Mercedes-Benz and smart tuner, proudly presents their interpretation of the new C-Class saloon. In addition to aerodynamic components, suspension upgrades, and a range of alloy wheels, numerous interior refinement options are on offer, and a comprehensive tuning programme for all engine variants is in the works.
Distinctively contoured headlamps and large air intakes give the new C-Class a strong and distinctive face. The Carlsson aerodynamic styling kit picks up on the salient features of this fresh design, creating a more sporting look without disrupting the serene lines of the vehicle.
The two air intakes flanking the larger central one in the new front bumper are framed by borders painted in the same contrasting colour as the Carlsson RS front spoiler lip. The RS spoiler lip is optionally available in carbon-fibre.
The new face of the C-Class is set off with the more sporting Carlsson grille, which features a single chrome horizontal bar and matching Carlsson logo in place of the standard two bars and three-pointed star. The Carlsson front grille and the lower intakes can also be ordered with an electro-polished stainless steel mesh background.
More imitation air intakes applied to the side sill panels visually link the Carlsson modifications for the front and rear bumpers. The latter features a two-piece RS rear apron with diffuser insert that can be painted two-tone on request.
A highlight of the revised rear end is the stylised chrome tailpipe surrounds integrated into the rear valance that pick up the design theme started by the front bumper intake frames. The Carlsson bootlid spoiler is unusual in that while its main body lies flush with the bootlid, the edges cantilever over the rear light assemblies.
All aerodynamic components are manufactured from PU-RIM to OE standards of quality and fit. The front bumper uses the original attachment points, and the rear wing is suitable for use with all the factory and Carlsson styling packages. The sill panels and rear apron components are not suitable for cars equipped with the AMG-Line aero package, but Carlsson has compatible parts under development.
The uprated suspension options start with the classic solution of 30mm lower uprated sport springs calibrated to work with the standard dampers. Apart from giving the car a more purposeful stance, this basic set-up improves the cars cornering agility.
More hard-core drivers, especially those who might do trackdays, will appreciate the ride height, bounce and rebound adjustability offered by the more sophisticated coil-over suspension kit currently under development.
Carlsson’s motto is “The best in a different way!” And true to this way of thinking the alloy wheels for new C-Class stand out for their elegant and sporting design and finish.
The Carlsson 1/10 wheel is available in both Brilliant and Titanium Editions in 18, 19 and 20-inch diameter, while the 1/10 Graphite Edition can be ordered in 19 and 20 inch sizes. The alternative 1/16 RS design comes in Diamond and Titanium Editions, with 18, 19 and 20-inch sizes.
The bespoke element of the Carlsson C-Class tuning programme is most strongly manifest with the interior trim options. Here, as with haute couture tailoring, individuality is the watchword, with the only limit being the client’s imagination.
Carlsson’s in-house saddler specialises in exclusive interiors individually created by traditional craftsmen steeped in years of experience. The Carlsson Signature Line offers a plethora of leather types and colours, and you can even have your family crest or personal logo engraved or printed in the leather or in the bespoke wood or carbon-fibre trim inserts.
Door entry sill scuff plates featuring an illuminated Carlsson logo, aluminium door-lock pins, and alloy pedal set are normal finishing touches on every Carlsson car.
So is the four-piece floor mat set made from high-quality velour, with the Carlsson logo embroidered on the front pair. More exclusive is a special set of mats with an illuminated white Carlsson logo.