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
|engine||AMG Supercharged V8|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|gear ratios||3.59:1, 2.19:1, 1.41:1, 1.00:1, 0.83:1|
|top speed||~250 kph / 155.3 mph|
|0 – 60 mph||~4.1 seconds|