4 March 2009

Carlsson Aigner CK55

Carlsson creates Aigner CK55 RS Rascasse

4 March 2009 - Exclusive automobile manufacturer Carlsson Autotechnik GmbH, and the luxury leather brand Etienne Aigner AG are proud to present the third model to emerge from their co-operative venture. The Carlsson Aigner CK55 RS Rascasse, based on the Mercedes-Benz GL 500, makes its world premiere at the Geneva Auto Salon. The Rascasse will be an exclusive limited edition of 20 cars.

The two-tone paintwork, a hallmark of the Carlsson Aigner range, confirms that the Carlsson Aigner CK55 RS Rascasse is no ordinary luxury car. Several coats of perfectly smooth, hand-rubbed Bordeaux Rouge metallic paint have been applied to just below the window line. Above this, rich black paint takes over with a thin, black coachline softening the transition between two shades. The visual marraige of these two contrasting yet complementary colours imparts a regal air to the Rascasse.

Mercedes-Benz GL-class

Adding to that presence is the Carlsson Aigner body styling kit consisting of wider wheel arches visually linked by side skirts. The front wings carry white illuminated Aigner logos. The door rubbing strips are colour-coded in black, which visually lengthens the car. The nose of the Rascasse has been made more imposing with a new bonnet carrying two larger power domes. Under this, a new larger front grill and sub-grilles feature chromed wire mesh.

Additional driving and fog lights are set into the bumpers, stainless steel grids and LED daytime running lights are integrated into lower edge of the deeper front apron extension. All these elements give the Rascasse a much stronger face, reinforcing its already commanding presence. The rear valence incorporates cut-outs for the four chromed exit pipes of the freer-flowing sports exhaust system.

Mercedes-Benz GL-class

The 5,461cc, 48-valve, DOHC V8 motor has 388 hp (285 kW) and 530 Nm of torque in standard form. Carlsson's conversion for this engine uses a free-flow exhaust system with metal catalytic converters, gas-flowed cylinder-heads, high-lift camshafts and a remapped ECU to boost output to 456 hp (335 kW) with 640 Nm of torque. Thus endowed, the Carlsson Aigner CK55 RS Rascasse is the most powerful normally-aspirated GL in the world, accelerating from 0 to a hundred km/h in just 5.9 seconds. This compares to 6.5 sec for the standard GL500.

To help transmit this extra power and torque to the road, Carlsson use their three-piece 3/11 UL forged alloy wheels with highly polished outer rims in 11J x 23-inch size with 305/30ZR23 tyres. The forging process creates a very light but exceptionally strong alloy wheel that helps to counter the increased unsprung weight of the larger diameter wheels and tyres. The Carlsson electronic lowering kit, C-Tronic SUSPENSION AIR, drops the ride height of the Airmatic suspension by 3 0mm.

Mercedes-Benz GL-class

The Carlsson Aigner CK55 RS 'Rascasse' completes the family, and is offered at a basic price of 228,500 euros excluding VAT.