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2003 Carlsson CM55 K

Mercedes-Benz Tuner Carlsson from the Southwest German town of Merzig presents on the Essen Motor Show 2003 an exclusive range for the Cabrio CLK 55 AMG. The heart of this complete spectrum of high-grade optical and technical parts is the supercharged CM55 K engine, which makes 480 bhp available to the driver of this thoroughbred cabriolet.

In combination with the C-Tronic supplementary control unit, the supercharged CM55 K engine increases the output of the CLK 55 to a mighty 480 bhp / 353 kW and a maximum torque of 650 Nm at 2800 rpm. Top speed is limited for safety reasons to 270 km/h. Acceleration from a standing start to 100 km/h takes just 4.4 seconds.

Underscoring the exclusive and sporting look of the Carlsson CM55 K on the basis of the CLK 55 is an aerodynamic package consisting of a front skirt highly polished stainless steel grille and a rear skirt.

A muscular and distinctive sound is generated by the stainless-steel Carlsson sports exhaust system with four metal catalysts and oval tailpipes with the Carlsson emblem in chrome. Also available is a stainless-steel rear sports silencer with oval twin or quadruple tailpipes.

For the wheels, Carlsson decided on a set of the company’s exclusive 1/16 wheels Brilliant Edition. The front wheels of the CLK Cabrio are fitted with tyres of dimensions 8.5 x 19′ 235/35. The rear tyres have the dimensions 10 x 19′ 265/30.

In Detail

engine V8
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain SOHC, 3 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Microprocessor-Controlled Petrol Injection
displacement 5439 cc / 331.9 in³
bore 97 mm / 3.82 in
stroke 92 mm / 3.62 in
compression 11.0:1
power 273.7 kw / 367.0 bhp @ 5750 rpm
specific output 67.48 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 201.65 bhp per tonne
torque 510 nm / 376.2 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm
redline 6700
front tires 225/40 R 18
rear tires 255/35 R 18
front brakes Internally Vented Discs w/ABS, ESP
f brake size mm / in
rear brakes Internally Vented Discs w/ABS, ESP
r brake size mm / in
front wheels F 45.7 x 19.0 cm / 18 x 7.5 in
rear wheels R 45.7 x 21.6 cm / 18 x 8.5 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Speed Sensitive Power Assist
f suspension MacPherson Strut w/Coil Springs, Gas-Filled Shock Absorbers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspension Multi-Link Strut w/Coil Springs, Gas-Filled Shock Absorbers, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight 1820 kg / 4012 lbs
wheelbase 2715 mm / 106.9 in
front track 1495 mm / 58.9 in
rear track 1474 mm / 58.0 in
length 4638 mm / 182.6 in
width 1740 mm / 68.5 in
height 1405 mm / 55.3 in
transmission 5-Speed Automatic w/SPEEDSHIFT
gear ratios 3.60:1, 2.19:1, 1.41:1, 1.00:1, 0.83:1, :1
final drive 2.82:1
top speed ~250 kph / 155.3 mph
0 – 60 mph ~5.3 seconds