Wat voor auto rij jij? Een Carlsson Aigner CK… Ehm, dat ding daar.
In Genève staat deze Carlsson Aigner CK55 RS Rascasse, kortweg een opgepimpte Mercedes GL 500. Na de Eau Rouge en de Blanchimont is dit alweer de derde auto die ontstaat uit de samenwerking tussen de Duitse
tuner veredelaar Carlsson en Etienne Aigner AG, dat zich normaal gezien bezighoudt met luxe lederen artikelen. Slechts 20 stuks worden er geproduceerd.
Visueel is deze two-tone GL behoorlijk opgeleukt, met onder andere bredere wielkasten en sideskirts, 23″ wieltjes, een kippengaasgrille en een hoop nieuwe lampjes op de voorkant. Al het extra plastic is gemaakt van PU-RIM, oftewel hetzelfde spul dat voor normale Mercedes-bumpers wordt gebruikt. Onderhuids vinden we een nieuw uitlaatsysteem, Carlssons C-Tronic onderstel (40 mm verlaagd) en een hoop motorische aanpassingen, waardoor de V8 er maar liefst 456 paardjes en 640 Nm uitpompt. Dit maakt van de Rascasse de snelste atmosferische GL ter wereld: 5,9 seconden naar de 100 tegen 6,5 voor de standaard auto.
Aigner is lekker los gegaan in het interieur, met overal leder en alcantara dat qua kleur mooi aansluit op het exterieur. Er is slechts plek voor vier personen (zeven in de standaard GL) om een optimaal luxegevoel te creëren. Daarbij helpen ook het uitgebreide entertainment system en de koelkast achterin, compleet met handgemaakte Carlsson Aigner-glazen.
Lekker spul, kost da? Nou, een lieve som van €228.500 kaal. In Duitsland komt daar alleen BTW bij, maar aan wat dit apparaat in Nederland zou kosten durven we even niet te denken.
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Geneva Auto Salon, March 5th – 15th 2009, Exhibition Hall 2, Stand 2144
Luxury in Unexpected Dimensions
– Specialist automobile manufacturer Carlsson and Lifestyle Leather Brand Etienne Aigner develop a third model.
– Carlsson Aigner® CK55 RS Rascasse powered by a 456 hp V8.
– Special edition limited to 20 cars.
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.
Distinguished Exterior Design
The star qualities of this car are obvious at a glance. The striking 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 wine-red 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.
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 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 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 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. This is optimised for both lower backpressure and a throaty V8 soundtrack.
Apart from enhancing the look of the car, the front spoiler, side skirts and rear valence extensions are designed to help reduce aerodynamic drag and lift. All these parts are made from PU-RIM, the flexible material used by OE manufactures like Mercedes-Benz for their production bumpers.
PU is much more expensive than glass-fibre in small runs, but is lighter and has good low speed bump resilience. It also requires a much larger tooling investment, demonstrating Carlsson’s commitment to OE quality levels.
The 5,461cc, 48-valve, DOHC V8 motor has 388hp (285 kW) and 530Nm of torque in standard form. Carlsson’s proven 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 640Nm of torque.
Thus endowed, the Carlsson Aigner® CK55 RS Rascasse is the most powerful normally-aspirated GL in the world, accelerating from 0-100km/h hundred 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, drops the ride height of the Airmatic suspension by 40mm. In combination with the wider wheels and tyres, this delivers superior handling and roadholding characteristics.
An abundance of precious materials
Colour matching is one of the keystones of the fashion industry. Where Carlsson elevates the mechanicals to new heights, Aigner demonstrates the art of haute couture with the plush interior of the Rascasse.
Picking up the dark red shade from the bodywork, Aigner uses the finest hides and Alcantara in this colour to cover the seats, dashtop, door panels and centre console. The headlining is Alcantara, stitched in a bespoke pattern.
Total comfort for rear compartment passengers means sumptuous seats and plenty of space in all directions. For that reason, Carlsson and Aigner decided that the seven-seater configuration should be ditched in favour of just two individual rear seats.
Supporting this hedonistic concept is an integrated fridge in a compartment between the rear seats. Drinks can be served in bespoke hand-blown Carlsson-Aigner glasses also stored in this compartment.
The comprehensive Rear Entertainment System is centred around the eight-inch screens integrated into the headrests of the front seats. A surround sound audio system provides the soundtrack as well as just music if you just want to relax on a journey.
Rascasse – A Sting in the Tail
Carlsson, manufacturer of special cars based on Mercedes Benz models, and high fashion leather goods manufacturer, Aigner, are proud to present their third unique limited edition model in the short space of one and a half years.
In September 2007, this dynamic duo introduced the Carlsson Aigner® CK65 “Eau Rouge“, based on the CL-Coupé. This was followed in July 2008 by the Carlsson Aigner® CK65 RS “Blanchimont“, a car to fill the obvious void between the S-Class and the Maybach.
The Carlsson Aigner® CK55 RS “Rascasse“ completes the family, and is offered at a basic price of 228,500 euros excluding German VAT.
As with the first two automobiles designed by the Carlsson and Aigner team, the new model is also named after a legendary racetrack bend. But unlike the Eau Rouge and the Blanchimont, the Rascasse name does not origin from the racetrack Spa-Francorchamps. Rascasse is the second last bend of the Monaco Grand Prix Circuit as well as a famous street café located by the track.
In fact, the Rascasse name originally comes from the French red rascasse, a member of the Scorpion fish family that is an essential ingredient in Bouillabaisse, the most famous French gourmet soup. A perfect blend of performance, speed and breeding, the Carlsson Aigner Rascasse is also red, tasty, sporting, and carries a sting in its tail.