Motorsports: Carlsson turns Mercedes-Benz SLK into 610-HP hill-climb clawer

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Carlsson’s race-tuned versions of the Mercedes-Benz SLK have been taking checkered flags for years, and we won’t be surprised if its SLK 340 hill climber fares any different. Developed by multiple German and Swiss hill climb champion Reto Meisel, the carbon-bodied SLK 340 with lightweight brakes and a closed underbody weighs 1,716 pounds. Propelling that tiny bit of weight is a 3.4-liter V8 from Judd with 610 horsepower, and it rolls on 18-inch wheels shod in Avon tires.

It will debut at the Geneva Motor Show before beginning its racing campaigns in the summer. This one won’t just tear up roads in Europe, though – Meisel says he plans on bringing it to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The press release below has more details.

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