The Big Car Database


Industry Automotive
Founded 1989
Headquarters Merzig, Germany
Key people
Markus Schuster, Chief Technical Officer
Products Automobiles
Carlsson Aigner CK65 RS Blanchimont
Carlsson CK63 RSR

Carlsson is a German car tuning manufacturer specialising in Mercedes-Benz cars.

The Carlsson tuning house was founded by brothers Rolf and Andreas Hartge in 1989 Carlsson's products are available for the entire current range of Mercedes-Benz models including the R-Class [1], SL-Class [2], C-Class [3] and the GL-Class [4] along with many others The company is most popular for its range of alloy wheels

Through a new importer Carlsson began a more aggressive push into the US market in 2006 after debuting their newly modified CL500 (Euro-spec) vehicle at the 2006 SEMA Show. In their review, Modified Luxury & Exotics magazine said, "... the CL is starting to resemble something more in line with a Bentley Continental - even if it is a little shy when it comes to horsepower."


The brothers, Rolf and Andreas Hartge, started a company in 1989 named Carlsson in honor of the Swedish rally driver, Ingvar Carlsson, who raced for the Mercedes Rally Team during the 1980s.

In 2012, Zhongsheng Group Holdings Limited acquired 70% of the company's stake.

In 2015, Sambo Motors Co. Ltd., a Korean company, took over with effect from December 4.


Carlsson CK35 RS Race Car

Based on a Mercedes SLK350 the CK35 RS race car debuted at the Nurburgring 24 hour race in 2005. The Carlsson Racer produces 320 hp (240 kW) at 6500 rpm and 295 ft⋅lbf (400 N⋅m) of torque at 3500 rpm. It can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 265 km/h (165 mph).[5]

Carlsson C25 at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show

Carlsson C25

Carlsson's first supercar, the C25, made its debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. With a limited run of 25 units, the C25 is powered by a twin-turbocharged V12 engine that generates 753 hp (562 kW) and 848 ft⋅lbf (1,150 N⋅m) of torque. Estimated acceleration from 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds and top speed is 219 mph. (355 km/h)

Carlsson C38

The Carlsson C38 was produced in 1998 in very limited numbers as it was incredibly expensive when new. Based on the 208 CLK320 with the Carlsson CM38 upgraded engine (hand built 3.8V6), strengthened chassis, braking system, exhaust, suspension, 18 inch three piece alloy wheels 9.5 (front) 11.5(rear), wide body and speedometer cluster. The C38 is seldom seen for sale and very sought after by collectors.

Carlsson Coachbuilding

In 2007, Carlsson began a coachbuilding program with fashionhouse Etienne Aigner. The first example of their work together was a coachbuilt Mercedes CL65, titled the Carlsson Aigner CK65 RS "Eau Rouge." The "Eau Rouge" refers to the famous turn at the Belgian race track Spa Francorchamps. Producing 700 hp (520 kW) from Carlsson's engineers the car has a two-tone paint scheme and features a hand crafted wine-colored interior from Etienne Aigner.