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2003 Kleemann 55 Xtreme Concept

Kleemann is introducing a line of exciting special edition vehicles based on different Mercedes-Benz models. The Kleemann 55 Xtreme is the first special edition vehicle to leave the Kleemann production facility. Although originally based on the chassis of the Mercedes-Benz SL500 and the naturally aspirated 5.5 AMG engine, the resemblance to the afore mentioned vehicles and engines however ends.

Production of the Kleemann 55 Xtreme will be limited to just 20 units. In production form, the limited edition will be based on the SL55 AMG, guaranteeing a high tech product that not only is unique but also highly exclusive.

The first edition vehicle from Kleemann features advanced aesthetics combined with innovative design and superior technical know how. The latest in the line of ultra refined Kleemann kompressor systems produces 640 b/hp at 5.800 rpm and 835nm torque between 2.000 and 6.000 rpm.

The Kleemann kompressor runs at 0.75 bar which is 0.15 bar lower than the originally fitted kompressor system from AMG. However due to better airflow, the Kleemann kompressor produces 35% more power. The performance of the finished product is second to none. With an electronically limited top speed of 330 km/h and an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds, the 55 Xtreme has class leading performance. With huge power reserves, a high performance braking system could not be overlooked. The 55 Xtreme features a high efficiency braking system that guarantees perfect stopping performance regardless of the conditions.

2003 Kleemann 55 Xtreme Concept

Both the exterior and interior of the 55 Xtreme are something to behold. The word Xtreme is something of an understatement when one considers the many interesting features of the vehicle. Eye-catching scissor doors provide a very characteristic appearance of the SL based car that truly lives up to the name Xtreme. The door mechanism is fully automated and can be activated by the touch of a button on the keyless remote control or on the dashboard inside the car. In practical terms the doors provide full usability and greater flexibility when opening or closing compared to conventional doors. When opening the scissor doors, they only require a 60cm opening radius compared to the traditional opening radius of 110cm on a conventional door.

The characteristic Kleemann front spoiler has been modified with a carbon fibre lip that underlines the sporting intent behind the design as well as creating better down force and stability at high speed. The rear spoiler has also been modified. Two extra fins on the diffuser channel improve airflow behind the vehicle and provide more down force and stability at high speed as well as during heavy braking.

2003 Kleemann 55 Xtreme Concept

The interior of the 55 Xtreme is in a class of it’s own. The interior is covered in alcantara and soft Nappa leather. Detailing such as black carbon trim and a beefy sports steering wheel also provide that exclusive touch. The seats of the Xtreme are likewise indicatory of and specially designed for the limited edition vehicle. The seats match the sporty exterior while retaining original features such as pulse, ventilation and electric movement which are found on OE seats . Without compromise to comfort and well being, the contour of the seats provides for a more sporty and involved driving experience.

In Detail

engine V8
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Supercharger
valvetrain 3 Valves / Cyl
displacement 5439 cc / 331.9 in³
power 477.3 kw / 640 bhp @ 5800 rpm
specific output 117.67 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 338.62 bhp per tonne
torque 835 nm / 615.9 ft lbs @ 2000-6000 rpm
driven wheels Front Engine / RWD
front tires 245/45 R 17
rear tires 245/45 R 17
front brakes Internally Vented Discs w/ABS, Hydaulic Assist & SBC
f brake size x 334 mm / x 13.1 in
rear brakes Internally Vented Discs w/ABS, Hydaulic Assist & SBC
r brake size x 300 mm / x 11.8 in
front wheels F 43.2 x 21.0 cm / 17.0 x 8.3 in
rear wheels R 43.2 x 21.0 cm / 17.0 x 8.3 in
steering Recirculatin Ball w/Power Assist
curb weight 1890 kg / 4167 lbs
wheelbase 2515 mm / 99.0 in
front track 1535 mm / 60.4 in
rear track 1523 mm / 60.0 in
length 4499 mm / 177.1 in
width 1809 mm / 71.2 in
height 1290 mm / 50.8 in
transmission 5-Speed Auto
gear ratios 3.59:1, 2.19:1, 1.41:1, 1.00:1, 0.83:1, :1
top speed ~330 kph / 205.1 mph
0 – 60 mph ~4.3 seconds

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