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2003 Carlsson SL-RS

At the Essen Motor Show 2003, Mercedes tuner Carlsson is showing the fastest SL currently on the market: the Carlsson SL-RS with 560 bhp.

Tuning boosts the engine output of the elegant roadster to a massive 560 bhp / 412 kW (580 bhp / 426 kW export) with maximum torque of 780 Nm at 2600 rpm and greatly underscores the sporting character of the Carlsson SL-RS. Top speed has been measured at over 332 km/h while acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes a mere 4.2 seconds – from 0 to 200 km/h only 13.06 seconds.

For the SL-RS, Carlsson offers the C-Tronic electronic lowering system, which lowers the car by approx. 30 mm. The result: a lower centre of gravity, a sporting appearance and reduced aerodynamic drag.

The ambitious programme for the SL-RS includes an aerodynamically effective front-spoiler lip that cuts lift and gives the unique roadster the character of a genuine racing car.

The interior fittings are also of the finest. Upholstered in breathable Carlsson design leather, the seats have active ventilation for rapid cooling and seat heating. Together with the front seats and oddments tray, both doors are covered in this high-quality material. The air vents and the centre console are made of carbon and not only form an interesting colour contrast to the leather upholstery but also generate an authentic racing atmosphere in the interior.

Story by Carlsson Autotechnik GmbH

In Detail

engine AMG Supercharged V8
position Front Longitudinal
valvetrain SOHC w/3 Valves per Cyl
displacement 5439 cc / 331.9 in³
bore 97 mm / 3.82 in
stroke 92 mm / 3.62 in
compression 9.0:1
power 417.6 kw / 560 bhp
specific output 102.96 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 307.69 bhp per tonne
torque 780 nm / 575.3 ft lbs @ 2600 rpm
body / frame Unit Steel
driven wheels Front Engine / RWD
front tires 245/40ZR18
rear tires 275/35 ZR 18
front brakes Internally Vented Discs w/ABS, Power Assist & SBC
rear brakes Internally Vented Discs w/ABS, Power Assist & SBC
front wheels F 45.7 x 21.6 cm / 18.0 x 8.5 in
rear wheels R 45.7 x 24.1 cm / 18.0 x 9.5 in
steering Rack & Pinoin w/
f suspension 4-Link Strut Suspension w/Coil Springs, Shock Absorber, Stabiliz
r suspension Multi-Link w/Coil Springs, Shock Absorber, Stabilizer
curb weight 1820 kg / 4012 lbs
wheelbase 2515 mm / 99.0 in
front track 1553 mm / 61.1 in
rear track 1545 mm / 60.8 in
length 4499 mm / 177.1 in
width 1812 mm / 71.3 in
height 1275 mm / 50.2 in
transmission 5-Speed Auto
gear ratios 3.59:1, 2.19:1, 1.41:1, 1.00:1, 0.83:1
final drive 2.82:1
top speed ~250 kph / 155.3 mph
0 – 60 mph ~4.1 seconds