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2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS350 by Carlsson – Click above for high-res image gallery

The svelte Mercedes-Benz CLS has long been a favorite of tuners, and with the new model on the way, you can expect a veritable onslaught to ensue. The first bit of blood has been drawn by Carlsson, which has just unveiled its tuning program for the CLS350 before it even reaches showrooms.

Engine modifications are available for both the CLS350 gasoline and diesel V6 mills. With the petrol engine, power is increased to 333 horsepower and 302 pound-feet of torque (gains of 27 and 29, respectively), and the oil-burning powerplant now cranks out 320 hp and 575 lb-ft (increases of 55 hp and 96 lb-ft). Both the gasoline and diesel CLS350s will sprint to 62 miles per hour in just 5.9 seconds – 0.2 seconds faster than the stock petrol car and 0.3 seconds faster than the standard diesel model.

Carlsson's C-Tronic adjustable suspension (mounted to a choice of wheel options) is also on offer, as is a full body kit – complete with a new front bumper, grille, power-dome hood, LED fog lamps, side skirts, side vents and rear apron with diffuser – and an Alcantara and brushed aluminum-trimmed interior. Have a closer look in the gallery below.

[Source: CarScoop]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      This has to be the LOUDEST car on the market right now in terms of design... theres just so much to look at when lookin at this car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The basic Benz is very "loud", so not much direction to go but "louder"...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just don't care for the combination of smooth, sleek silhouette and SCREAMING LOOK AT ME CREASES AND CURVES AND DENTS AND FAKE SCOOPS. This car gets less and less elegant the closer one gets. But I think a lot of new rich buy this car and like the rolling caricature styling. Pity.

      If Mercedes would like to take a look at how to make a Jaguar style car, I'd say the new XJ is a nice place to start, save the c pillar.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i still prefer the amg front end
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am surprised you don't sell more diesel car in the US, BMW, Merc and JLR all make great diesel engines with lots of torque and high mpg. Unless you are sat with all the windows open in a confined space, like a tunnel, you would never know its was a diesel. These engines are now so refined and the mileage these engines will rack up is ideal for the long highways that criss cross your states.

        I may be wrong but I was under the impression that most states in the US still have that 56 mph speed limit which is the optimum speed to maximise mpg on a car, so a car like this with say a 4.0lt V8 Diesel would return a mpg in the mid 30's but still offer the refinement and grunt of a traditional petrol car.

        Electric/hybrid cars have their place and ideal in a congested city but not much use when your daily commute is 300 miles a day as some have suggested in previous posts on this site.

        Whats confusing is the European arms of you car makers, GM, Ford etc, have spent a small fortune and a great deal of time developing diesels over the past 20 years, so you already own the technology.

        I do know for a fact the 4lt V8 Diesels fitted to Jags and Range Rovers were done during the time when Ford owned JLR and it was very much a collaboration of skills from either side of the pond.

        I am not saying you should get rid of petrol/gas or that Hybrids are limited or Diesel is King, what I am saying is the planet should look at all avenues and not just flavour of the month technology like Hybrids.

        Nanny Politicians(on both sides of the pond) are very good at knee jerk responses to a problem and are only interested in headline grabbing green energy cars but in the meantime a vast nation such as yours still needs to be mobile and therefore a bigger picture must be looked at and selling diesel cars along side petrol/gas cars is a start.
      • 4 Years Ago
      SEXY! Never liked the front black logo though...
      • 4 Years Ago
      So sad that the diesel will never come to the U.S.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The diesel version has some serious torque!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it's a huge improvement over the stock CLS.