Kleemann GTK Concept Revealed

Kleemann GTK Concept
Kleemann GTK Concept

Danish design, world performance

Danish design, world performance

The GTK project has been in the works for 3 years now and Kleemann has finally announced the official specs and background story to this brand new supercar. The Kleemann GTK is structurally based on the Mercedes SLK and is powered by the naturally aspirated SLK 55 AMG but with a complete Kleemann Kompressor system resulting in 540 HP and 700 Nm of torque. A seven-speed automatic transmission delivers the power to the road, top speed is limited to 300 km/h and the GTK speeds from 0 to 100km/h in roughly 3,7 seconds. GTK stands for a front-engined, rear-wheel driven, coupe shaped style of car, historicaly known as the Grand Turismo while the K stands for Kleemann.

Christian Brandt has designed the GTK Concept from scratch but with future Mercedes products in mind, some current Kleemann products are already based on the GTK concept like the TS-7 wheel and some styling cues can be traced to the new C-class and CLS-class kits. “The positive feedback from the market over the past couple of years confirms us in the belief that the KLEEMANN design direction we set in 2004 is right and appealing to the international market,” says Christian Brandt.

The Kleemann GTK is made out of carbon fibre panels and finished with existing Kleemann parts, testing has been taking place since 2005 with great success. Of course, with designing a car from the ground up you always run into a fair share of challenges but Christian Brandt says he has gained much experience from the process and foresees even more sophisticated and reliable Kleemann performance solutions thanks to that experience.

Source: Kleemann
Published Oct 30th, 2007 1:27pm By Frank de Leeuw van Weenen

In 2004, KLEEMANN made ambitious plans for creating unique and exclusive KLEEMANN sportscars. Now, after 3 years of design and development, KLEEMANN bring their vast technology know-how and experience to the next level by introducing the GTK concept car.

The design project

KLEEMANN, best known for their long experience in Kompressor technology and exclusive styling products for Mercedes-Benz cars, now enters the battlefield of the exclusive sportscar manufacturers. This was made possible when KLEEMANN employed the internationally experienced car designer Christian Brandt. Christian has headed the top secret GTK design project, which was not only a sportscar project, but also a design and technology development platform for future KLEEMANN performance and styling solutions for Mercedes-Benz cars.
The KLEEMANN styling solutions have always been designed with the deepest of respect for the elegant, powerful and exclusive design of the Mercedes-Benz cars. In order to go to the next level of KLEEMANN design, we felt that we needed to create a complete car. Designing a complete car enables us to create styling solutions for the Mercedes-Benz cars from a much bigger perspective than we have done previously by creating enhancements for production cars, says Christian Brandt.

The GTK design project has been a big inspiration for both current and future KLEEMANN products. The wheel of the GTK has inspired the new TS-7 wheel with its unique directional one-piece design, and elements from the GTK design are similar to some parts of the current styling solutions for the KLEEMANN S-class and CLS-class. Current design projects planned for launch in the next 6-12 months for new Mercedes-Benz models will feature significant shapes and details from the GTK design. As all other KLEEMANN styling solutions, the design of the GTK is based on the unique KLEEMANN design code of elegance and simplicity acknowledging the Nordic design traditions of simple and organic shapes. The positive feedback from the market over the past couple of years confirms us in the belief that the KLEEMANN design direction we set in 2004 is right and appealing to the international market, Christian Brandt concludes.

Sohisticated and reliable tecnology

The KLEEMANN GTK features carbon fibre body panels as well as many existing high performance KLEEMANN products, such as Kompressor system, alloy wheels, brakes etc. These new products have been developed and tested since 2005 in a Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG and the GTK is structurally based on the SLK.

When we chose to base the GTK on the Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG, we wanted to offer exclusive sportscar design with the built-in everyday reliability, safety and comfort of the Mercedes-Benz cars. That way we could focus on developing specific elements making the car's design and performance unique for KLEEMANN, says technical director Claus Ankjaer.

In the creation of the GTK we faced several new challenges, and the experience we gained from solving these challenges, enable us to develop and manufacture even more sophisticated and reliable performance solutions for existing and future Mercedes-Benz car models, Claus concludes.

Unique performance

Featuring the normally aspirated SLK 55 AMG engine fitted with a complete KLEEMANN Kompressor system, the GTK boasts 540 HP of power and 700 Nm of torque. This power is transferred to the road through a 7-speed automatic gearbox, a KLEEMANN limited slip differential and ultra low profile Toyo T1-R tires on 20" KLEEMANN alloy rims designed specifically for the GTK, giving the driver maximum performance and control on the road.

Being a safe, reliable and everyday usable sportscar reflects the Comfort Power slogan of KLEEMANN, and set it apart from many other race bred sportscars.

The raw performance data for the GTK places it at the very front of the competition: The 0-100 km/h acceleration is done in only 3,7 seconds and the GTK continues the brutal acceleration right up to the electronically limited top speed of 300 km/h. The high performance KLEEMANN brake system featuring 380 mm. vented discs with 8 piston fixed aluminium callipers front and 345 mm. vented discs with 4 piston fixed aluminium callipers rear ensure fast and secure stopping power from any speed.

KLEEMANN is currently not planning mass production of the GTK.

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leeryboy90 leeryboy90
The style is like slc but this is fantastic!
Nov 7th, 2007 2:38am
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steve steve
It's not quite true to say Mercedes invented the Automobile. Long before (1769) the French ''Fardier de Cugnot'' was the first vehicle to move on its own wheels with its own power. Mercedes made something that was more like today's car. But the mean to arrive to that was developed by many long before. We agree to say Mercedes invented the car, but to my opinion the automobile is not an invension like the bulb, but more a long term research...
Nov 6th, 2007 6:23pm
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lol there goes silversedanman again, you know sedanman, the automobile is just something thats called a technological or scientific inevitability, which means someone will eventually discover/invent it just like electricity, hydroelectric power or nuclear fusion, just cause the germans invented it first does'nt mean it would've never gotten invented. this is what drives social/technological progress/revolution in the world. this is whats called three dimensional thinking (the big picture) somthing that you probably don't understand and can't grasp. just cause the americans invented the first airplane does'nt mean that their superior than say the japanese or germans, and yes the germans did invent the first jet aircraft but it was reverse engineered off a russian design so the germans copied someone else, and eventually that origional russian engine design led to the most advanced tactical fighter to date, the f-22 raptor which is american. does that mean that americans are superior to the russians or germans, no. no one is superior to anyone else, and its small minded beings like yourself that hinder the social/economic/and technological progress of the world. you see, you've got me rambling. and since this is a car site, its not the nicest car in the world cuz its a merc. its not really nice at all, and ferrariguy i'm with you, it does look like an rx-8 at some angles.
Nov 6th, 2007 12:16pm
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Ferrariguy Ferrariguy
Yeah, most people are jealous that the germans invented the automobile, lol! Yeah...... sure!!! The question is what did "YOU," invent? Exactly, nothing!! Stop riding on germany's balls. Thanks for the clarification dave.
Nov 3rd, 2007 7:14pm
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Dave_bj Dave_bj
Ferrari guy, fyi, Mercedes did not copy the trunk lid on the 7 series because the Maybach (which was designed in the 90's, 2 S-class generations ago) already had it. The very 1st time I saw the Maybach prototype was in the 94-96 (?) Paris auto show. Other than that, the designers who did this car need to be sued for plagiarism. This is just a mix of the RX8, CLK DTM, Porsche (headlights). The only area they designed is the front nose which happens to look like crap.
Nov 1st, 2007 11:51pm
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Kleeman is actually a tuner that specializes in mercedes. The head and tailights are taken straight from the CLS, and the large wheel arches are found in many contemporary mercedes' (S, CL, ML, GL). Besides some small body panels and minor parts, I think this car is entirely original.
Nov 2nd, 2007 10:14am
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unknownuser unknownuser
Yes of course! And my question is :What is invented by the Italians...? The answer is pizza pasta but both are not conected with the automotive engineering. A lot of ENVIOUS people and empty words :)))))))))))))) :P
Nov 1st, 2007 3:44pm
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silversedanman silversedanman
Mercedes-Benz invented the automobile and of course the rotary engine is also a german invention which mazda copied.
Nov 1st, 2007 12:04am
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Ferrariguy Ferrariguy
Nope, look at the RX-8, that was before the black series, and S class. Face it, MB copied, just like the damn trunk lid of the S class from BMW's 7 series!
Oct 31st, 2007 10:59pm
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unknownuser unknownuser
Not Mazda RX-8.... just CLK DTM Black Series wheel arches :P
Oct 31st, 2007 9:19pm
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Ferrariguy Ferrariguy
Nice mazda RX-8 wheel arches. =)
Oct 31st, 2007 8:12am
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skychao skychao
the front of the car resembles some weird cross between lambo and porsche. (reventon and any porsche with round headlamps) but yah id say it looks nice, the styling is dramatic and different, more aggressive. i prefer this look, but of course that is a personal opinion
Oct 31st, 2007 7:00am
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E55amgowner E55amgowner
To be quite honest I commend Kleeman for going this route. Its diffrent looking, it throws away all of the mercedes styleing and says "Lets make this wild" as for e36's comment, with todays tecnology packed into MB you need to use and existing light from MB to make it work (due to the electronics) and for the the wheel arches are wide due to THEM NEEDING it to fit the tires in so that you dont just burn up your tires when taking off.
Oct 31st, 2007 1:38am
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unknownuser unknownuser
You mean SLK no SL right? :) But more interesting is 7G Tronic gearbox load with 700Nm. As I know 700Nm i too much for that gearbox,...thats why SL55AMG has 5 speed gearbox and later 55AMG is replaced with 63AMg (630Nm). May be after some reworks Kleemann makes 7G Tronic more strong... Anyway Well Done! Very interesting concept at all, especially for the MB fans like me.... :)
Oct 30th, 2007 8:00pm
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e36mmm e36mmm
its basically a sl with cls headlights and rear lights. wheel arches are stupidly too wide. this concept shows the difference between kleeman and brabus. body is not bad aerodynamically but have to see it in metal to make final decision. brabus rules.
Oct 30th, 2007 7:58pm
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