Friday, September 14, 2007

Carlsson Aigner CK65

Remember the f*ck-ugly AC Schnitzer GP3.10 Concept I posted a few days back? That was an example of adventurous design gone horribly, cancerously wrong. A similarly audacious exercise it indeed is, the Carlsson Aigner CK65 has been wrought with a keener eye for good taste.

Now I'm not a huge fan of two-tone cars unless they're from before 1960 and handle like greazed arse, but here the effect is quite dramatic, and not at all unappealing. The work-of-art Carlsson 21" forged aluminum wheels set off the exterior, upon which the only aesthetic blunder appears to be the the Strut-esque pimp-my-crapwagon chrome mesh lower grill.

On the inside you'll find just a pinch more red, as the Aigner in the car's name refers to Etienne Aigner, a supplier of fine leathers who was charged with upholstering the interior. The effect is either daringly bold or vomitously garish depending on your tastes, and for me it's just the right tint to achieve the former. If I'm not mistaken, this car's primary stylistic influence had to be the Pagani Zonda F. The black of the exterior recalls the tinted glass canopy and numerous carbon fiber elements of the F; the vivid crimson/oxblood interior's inspiration is obvious upon comparison.
(See for yourself below)

As it's based on a CL65 AMG, this is the last car that needed any engine tuning but they've gone and made the Biturbo V12's hefty ballz even bigger to the tune to 700bhp and 811 lb-ft of torque. There's also a trick active suspension, sports exhaust, and a full carbon fiber body kit.. along with innumerable bespoke doo-dads and gee-gaws guaranteed to put your wallet on weight-watchers.

[Source: WorldCarFans]






2 comments:

Terry G. said...

Gut reaction: ugly. Closer inspection: not as ugly on the exterior, but definitely not my taste inside. Bottom line: wouldn't blame you one bit if you were rich, eccentric, or just wanted to prove how much bigger your junk was than mine.

James said...

I am thinking of getting one I found this article at http://www.mercedestuningmag.com/carlsson-aigner-ck65-eau-rouge/ that gives a lot of details about this model .