• Oct 30, 2007


click above pic to view more images of the Kleeman GTK Concept

Well-known Mercedes tuner Kleemann has released the first official rendering of its own car, an in-house production called the Kleemann GTK. The carbon fiber skin is wrapped around an SLK body, and the design language is "based on the unique Kleemann design code of elegance and simplicity acknowledging the Nordic design traditions of simple and organic shapes." That apparently means a Reventon (again with the Reventon) snout, a Castagna Aznom front fender treatment, and sharper SLK lines from the A-pillar back.

The GTK is actually based on the SLK 55, and gets a Kleemann Kompressor system, 20-inch Kleeman wheels and 8-piston Kleemann brakes in front and 4-piston out back. That "kompressor" means the little roadster puts 540 HP and 516 lb-ft through its 7-speed auto box. Twenty-inch Kleeman rims ride rubber slivers called Toyo T1-R tires designed specifically for the car. According to Kleemann, it gets to six-oh in 3.7 seconds and runs up to 180+ MPH. Kleemann isn't going to do mass production, so for those of you with the means (lots), place your call now.

[Source: Kleemann]


PRESS RELEASE

KLEEMANN GTK, danish design, world performance

In 2004, KLEEMANN made ambitious plans for creating unique and exclusive KLEEMANN sportscars. Now, after 3 years of design and development, KLEEMANN bring their vast technology know-how and experience to the next level by introducing the GTK concept car.

KLEEMANN, best known for their long experience in Kompressor technology and exclusive styling products for Mercedes-Benz cars, now enters the battlefield of the exclusive sportscar manufacturers. This was made possible when KLEEMANN employed the internationally experienced car designer Christian Brandt. Christian has headed the top secret GTK design project, which was not only a sportscar project, but also a design and technology development platform for future KLEEMANN performance and styling solutions for Mercedes-Benz cars.

"The KLEEMANN styling solutions have always been designed with the deepest of respect for the elegant, powerful and exclusive design of the Mercedes-Benz cars. In order to go to the next level of KLEEMANN design, we felt that we needed to create a complete car. Designing a complete car enables us to create styling solutions for the Mercedes-Benz cars from a much bigger perspective than we have done previously by creating enhancements for production cars," says Christian Brandt, and adds:

"The GTK design project has been a big inspiration for both current and future KLEEMANN products. The wheel of the GTK has inspired the new TS-7 wheel with its unique directional one-piece design, and elements from the GTK design are similar to some parts of the current styling solutions for the KLEEMANN S-class and CLS-class. Current design projects planned for launch in the next 6-12 months for new Mercedes-Benz models will feature significant shapes and details from the GTK design. As all other KLEEMANN styling solutions, the design of the GTK is based on the unique KLEEMANN design code of elegance and simplicity acknowledging the Nordic design traditions of simple and organic shapes. The positive feedback from the market over the past couple of years confirms us in the belief that the KLEEMANN design direction we set in 2004 is right and appealing to the international market," Christian Brandt concludes.

The KLEEMANN GTK features carbon fibre body panels as well as many existing high performance KLEEMANN products, such as Kompressor system, alloy wheels, brakes etc. These new products have been developed and tested since 2005 in a Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG and the GTK is structurally based on the SLK.

"When we chose to base the GTK on the Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG, we wanted to offer exclusive sportscar design with the built-in everyday reliability, safety and comfort of the Mercedes-Benz cars. That way we could focus on developing specific elements making the car's design and performance unique for KLEEMANN," says technical director Claus Ankjaer and adds:

"In the creation of the GTK we faced several new challenges, and the experience we gained from solving these challenges, enable us to develop and manufacture even more sophisticated and reliable performance solutions for existing and future Mercedes-Benz car models," Claus concludes.

Featuring the normally aspirated SLK 55 AMG engine fitted with a complete KLEEMANN Kompressor system, the GTK boasts 540 HP of power and 700 Nm of torque. This power is transferred to the road through a 7-speed automatic gearbox, a KLEEMANN limited slip differential and ultra low profile Toyo T1-R tires on 20" KLEEMANN alloy rims designed specifically for the GTK, giving the driver maximum performance and control on the road. Being a safe, reliable and everyday usable sportscar reflects the Comfort Power slogan of KLEEMANN, and set it apart from many other race bred sportscars.

The raw performance data for the GTK places it at the very front of the competition: The 0-100 km/h acceleration is done in only 3,7 seconds and the GTK continues the brutal acceleration right up to the electronically limited top speed of 300 km/h. The high performance KLEEMANN brake system featuring 380 mm. vented discs with 8 piston fixed aluminium callipers front and 345 mm. vented discs with 4 piston fixed aluminium callipers rear ensure fast and secure stopping power from any speed.

KLEEMANN is currently not planning mass production of the GTK.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice-looking Mercedes, looks a lot like a Mazda RX 8 actually. But the Mazda wishes it had that much horsepower.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like one of those chinese cars where they take design features from a bunch of different cars then mix them up in one car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Just a "jazzy" RX-8!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wait, they dropped the GTK Concept, meaning they announced it?

      Since when does "drop" in a car context mean anything other than "abandon", "lower the suspension of" or "delete the roof"?

      I get that it's probably some super-hip usage of the term, but it's way too easily misconstrued over RSS. I thought they'd either cancelled it or made it into a convertible!

      :8)
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 7 Years Ago
      Repeat after me:
      Cut off nose
      insert into hips
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nose Veilside, Exhaust Lexus LS... i see a bit of Japanese influence at Kleeman.
        • 7 Years Ago
        THAT'S what looked so familiar! The entire front end and even the side skirts remind me largely of the Veilside S2000.

        Oh well, at least I like the side of the front bumper better here .
      • 7 Years Ago
      "elegance and simplicity"

      Those are two words that I would NEVER associate with Kleemann. Brabus yes, but Kleemann? No way in hell.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice looking car, although i would like to point out that the SL face lift should have the CLS style headlights, such as we see here. I wonder if they took that into account.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the look -a lot. I think MB was always so paranoid about the first SLK being un-macho, that they put a gangly, dorky penis-hood on the new one. It has always looked like a 1990's Hyundai.

      This cleans up the mess and gives it a lean, Teutonic edge. Vastly better, I'd say.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It looks fast, I wonder if it weighs the part.
      • 7 Years Ago
      rrrrrrrrrrrRX-8
      • 7 Years Ago
      ok....it looks like a soup'd up 350z or toyota celica
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