Carlsson CK63 RS – 2012 Geneva Auto Show

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The Geneva Auto Show is great for giving the little guy a chance to shine alongside automotive power players. Tuning companies and boutique supercar firms share floor-space with the largest automakers in the world, so the pressure is on everyone to step up their game and grab some attention. Carlsson Autotechnik is off to a good start, thanks to its new CK63 RS sports sedan that's based on the latest Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG.

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Power from the twin-turbo V-8 has jumped from 557 bhp in the standard car, up to 652 bhp in the CK63 RS. That should launch the car from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds, according to Carlsson. Other mechanical changes include a stainless steel exhaust system – with driver adjustable controls to raise or lower the exhaust note – along with an additional transmission oil cooling system for the AMG Speedshift 7-speed automatic.

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New front springs lower the car by 30 mm, to help sharpen the handling, and Carlsson's 20-in. lightweight alloy wheels can be had in "Titanium Edition," "Graphite Edition" or "Brilliant Edition" finishes. The cabin, like most tuner cars, is trimmed in higher quality leather and a wide variety of wood and metal finishes. Yet Carlsson has gone one step further and equipped the CK63 RS for the business traveler. A Viprinet Multichannel VPN Router 500 has been fitted, to guarantee a "completely stable high-speed Internet connection...even at high speeds," says Carlsson.

With more than 600 horsepower on tap, we're hoping CK63 RS drivers opt to update their Facebook status while parked.

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