German tuner reveals a range of tweaks for a diesel soft-top Merc (yes, really)
Mercedes tweaker Carlsson has released details of its latest tuning package - for the Mercedes-Benz E350 CDI Cabriolet.
Now, a turbodiesel Mercedes cabrio might not be everybody's performance cup of tea but, at the risk of pandering to gender stereotypes, it would at least provide you with some fast(ish) fun should the Missus insist on one.
A new ECU is at the heart of the changes, bringing a 21 per cent jump in power (to 276bhp) and a similar jump in torque (which goes up to a distinctly chunky 478lb ft).
Other optional modifications include a pair of stainless steel tail pipes to give the car a bit of a growl (can you make a diesel sound nice?) and 30mm lowering springs.
Carlsson is also offering a surprisingly tasteful range of body adornments, including a subtle front spoiler and discreet (well, discreet-ish) bootlid spoiler and alloys that range from a sensible 16-in affair to a rather more silly 20 inches.
Interior niceties include a leather-and-Alcantara gear selector, aluminium door accents, suede floor mats, and aluminium pedals.
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Edited by alolympic on Friday 16th July 12:02
StevenAldridge16 Jul 2010
That doesn't look that bad. Usually german tuners stick far too much fibreglass on for my liking.
I'd let the Mrs have one
Lunja16 Jul 2010
It makes a good GT car - sure it's not exciting as the more traditional petrol GT's, but if you're doing regular long runs it would make sense to have the practicality of a larger car and the frugality of a diesel but wrapped in a slightly more attracive package. Although on looks alone I'd have to take a BMW635d instead...
Remagel250716 Jul 2010
Looks pretty good actually, had a 2010 E350 CDI last weekend and the engine was very nice. One thing though the cab does look slightly stupid with that air deflector thingy up