Brabus will have a very active presence at the 2012 Essen Motor Show and the third package announced for the show is the B50-500 based on the Mercedes E500 Coupe. The E500’s standard V-8 engine delivers a total of 383 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque, which is already pretty stout. The B50-500 kit pumps the E500’s output to 500 horses and 575 pound-feet of torque – a 30 percent and 47 percent increase, respectively.
In order to milk this extra power, the engine has received a B50-500 PowerXtra CGI performance kit that includes an auxiliary control unit with new mapping for fuel injection, ignition and boost pressure control. With these updates the V-8 engine will launch the E500 from a standstill to 62 mph in just 4.3 seconds and to 124 mph in 13.3 seconds. The Benz’s top speed is limited to 186 mph.
The B50-500 also receives an aerodynamic package that has been developed in the wind tunnel. The package includes a new front spoiler with integrated LED daytime running lights, a new rear spoiler and diffuser, aluminum sport fenders with integrated inserts made from clear-coated carbon fiber, and new side skirts. The car sits on 19-inch wheels offered in Monoblock VI, F, Q, R or S designs and embraced by high-performance tires.
For the interior Brabus offers up any desired material ranging from leather to Alcantara and from carbon fiber to the finest woods.
Last year at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Mercedes was unveiled the third generation ML63 AMG. Now for the Essen Motor Show, Brabus has prepared the B63-620 performance kit for the luxury SUV. The kit includes both exterior and interior updates, and an extra group of ponies under the hood.
Under the hood, Brabus installed a plug-and-play PowerXtra module and a stainless-steel sport exhaust system with butterfly valve. As a result the standard 518 horsepower output can be increased by either 60 or 95 horsepower, depending on the customer’s wishes. In both versions, peak torque has been increased to 604 pound-feet. With all of this extra power, the SUV will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds and will hit a top speed of either 174 or 186 mph, depending on the horsepower number the customer chooses.
With all of that extra power, Brabus just couldn’t sit there and leave the body and interior alone. Brabus installed new carbon-fiber parts, including a new front and rear spoilers, new side air inlets, and a new centrally placed diffuser. The ML63 AMG sits on a set of wheels sized 22 inches and, which come in a variety of designs: five wheel designs, Monoblock VI, E, G "Platinum Edition", Q and R.
The interior has also been updated with the finest leather and Alcantara. There is also a new speedometer added with a 225 mph dial.
While everyone is getting ready for the start of the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, Brabus has just announced a series of Power Diesel Special Editions. These models are based on the diesel versions of Mercedes E-Class, ML-Class, GL-Class and CLS Shooting Brake.
All models will be equipped with a Brabus D6S Power Diesel engine that delivers a total of 509 pound-feet and, depending on the model, an output of up to 313 horsepower. The E350 CDI Power Diesel Coupe is priced at €58,534 (roughly $75,800 at the current exchange rates) and the CLS 350 CDI Power Diesel is priced at €68,879 ($89,100). Both models deliver an output of 313 horsepower and will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds. Along with the power increase, the two models will each receive a stainless-steel sport exhaust system and a set of 19-inch Monoblock F wheels combined with a set of sport springs. The CLS also gets a ride-height-lowering module and an elegant exterior design developed in cooperation with Bottrop.
The ML 350 CDI Power Diesel is priced at €71,121 ($92,000) and the GL 350 CDI Power Diesel comes in at €81,810 ($105,900), and both models pump 310 ponies from their engines. The tuner is also tossing in a stainless-steel sport exhaust system with two tailpipes, and a set of Monoblock wheels sized 20 inches and 22 inches for the two SUVs. For an extra €3,448 ($4,400) Brabus is also offering an exterior upgrade kit.
Read more about these kits in Brabus’ press release after the jump.
At the upcoming Essen Motor Show, Brabus will unveil a tuning package based on the latest Mercedes G63 AMG. We have to admit, we never imagined a G-Class could look this good, especially when wearing that black coat of paint.
The most awesome part of the tuning kit sits beneath the hood. Here, the standard 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine received an additional intercooler and some ECU updates that boosted it from its already monstrous 544 horsepower to an incredible 620 ponies. Along with the extra ponies came a few extra pounds of twist, as its torque jumped from 560 to 590 pound-feet. We can’t tell exactly how the extra 76 horsepower will improve the SUV’s performance numbers, but we’ll surely learn more during its debut in Essen.
To add a little extra style to the package, Brabus placed the G63 AMG atop a set of 23-inch wheels painted in black and covered the calipers with a layer of yellow paint
Brabus is likely one of the most famous and successful Mercedes-Benz tuners on the planet, and there is really no questioning that. They likely play No. 2 fiddle only to AMG, in building kits that make relatively timid Mercedes into extreme machines.
One of the latest Mercedes-Benz cars to roll out with a new look and feel is the 2013 A-Class, which we have yet to see in the U.S. This hot hatchback comes in eight trim levels with small variances between each one. The engines in this lineup range from the timid and fuel-sipping 1.8-liter CDI engine to the wilder 2.0-liter 4-cylinder unit.
With the newly redesigned A-Class just rolling off of the showroom floor, it was only a matter of time before Brabus got its expert hands on it. And at the 2012 Essen Motor Show, which kicks off on December 1st, Brabus plans to unveil its modifications for the A-Class. However, in preparation for this launch, Brabus has issued a soft release of just some of the upgrades that it will offer for this new compact Benz.
Click past the jump to read all about the Mercedes-Benz A-Class by Brabus. Full story
Think back to the era of the station wagons (circa 1970 through 1985) and imagine the wagons that graced the garages of large families. These were typically massive slabs of iron with not enough power to outrun a 3-year-old on a tricycle and massive faux-wood stickers plastered on the side. Yeah, they weren’t necessarily things of beauty, to say the least.
As we progressed through the 1980s and 1990s, the minivan took over for the station wagon and emasculated men around the world. Now it looks as if the station wagon has come full circle in the automotive realm, as minivans are slowly disappearing, and crossovers and station wagons are taking their place.
Of course, now station wagons are called either 5-door sedans or “shooting brake.” Much like when Prince decided to change his name to an unpronounceable symbol, we’ll continue to think of these as station wagons. However, with Mercedes-Benz releasing the all-new CLS Shooting Brake, we can’t help but notice that the station wagon isn’t quite the underpowered, puke green, wood-trimmed gas guzzler that we recall. With Brabus now getting its expert hands on the CLS Shooting Brake, we are in for a big change.
That’s right, Brabus decided to take the entire CLS Shooting Brake line – from the CLS 250 Shooting Brake all the way to the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake – and pump it up a notch in the “cool” department. Well, however “cool” a station wagon can really be.
Click past the jump to read all about the Mercedes-Benz LS Shooting Brake by Brabus. Full story
In early 2012, Brabus unveiled a very cool tuning package for the SL500 and now, the tuner has decided it was time to focus on the entire SL-Class line-up. Their new, versatile package includes noteworthy exterior updates, along with a power increase.
The exterior package includes a custom-tailored front fascia, add-on components for the side sills and rear fascia, a new rear spoiler, and side air vents for the front fenders. Customers will have the possibility to choose from a wide variety of wheels in four different designs and with diameters of 18, 19, and 20 inches. These new wheels will be combined with custom-tailored suspension components, available in different versions depending on the SL model. An electric module can also lower the car’s ride by about 25 mm.
As for the engine upgrades, the most important one is being offered for the 4.7 liter V8 engine. This update includes a 520 PowerXtra CGI power kit and a stainless-steel sport exhaust system with four chrome-plated tailpipes which will increase the engine’s output to an impressive 520 HP (up from the standard 435 HP). The tuner is also offering a Vmax unit which will allow an increase in the top speed to 155, 172, 186 mph.
Brabus and Smart are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a unique and exclusively equipped "10th anniversary" ForTwo special model. The model will be limited to only 100 units and will be offered in both coupe and cabrio body versions.
This special edition is based on the current Smart Fortwo Brabus, but gets a few distinctive features which will help the clients to further identify it. On the exterior, the the tridion safety cell, the front grille, front spoiler, side skirts, and the door mirrors are painted in liquid silver which contrasts with titanium-coloured headlamps and red Brabus logos at the front and rear.
The interior is wrapped in black leather contrasting with trim parts painted in an exclusive red and a black seat console. There is also a Brabus sports steering wheel, a starter button integrated in the gear shift lever knob, and a badge with the model’s serial number (xx/100).
Under the hood, the Smart ForTwo Brabus 10th Anniversary gets a 102 HP engine which can go up to a top speed of 155 km/h (96 mph).
German tuner Brabus has made a living out of building some of the most powerful tuning programs for Mercedes vehicles. This time, they’re taking a different route by revealing a new styling package for the Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG.
The first thing you’ll notice is that Brabus veered away from the monochrome colors of the CLS63 AMG. Instead, they went with something a little more fashionable: Orange.
From there, they went ahead and pushed the envelope even further on the interior, choosing purple as the predominant color. Really, pretty much everything in the interior is in this shade, including the seats, the floor mats, and yes, even the roof. The interior also has orange stitching throughout the cabin, which Brabus probably added to have a semblance of continuity to the exterior color of the CLS63 AMG.
Brabus didn’t mention anything about a performance upgrade, although we wouldn’t be surprised if information on that becomes available at a later date.
For now, indulge yourselves in this rather colorful Brabus-tuned CLS63 AMG Individual. We’re not sure that orange and purple mix well on a vehicle like this one, but it does catch your attention - for better or worse.
For the reputation that they’ve built as one of the finest Mercedes tuners in the world, Brabus is more than just fitting powerful V12 engines in their rocket vehicles. They’ve also found a way to be eco-friendly, and they’re doing so with the Brabus Techology Project Hybrid E-Class.
Based on the Mercedes E-Class sedan, the Technology Project Hybrid is a car that Brabus carefully modified to be the kind of eco-friendly diesel hybrid vehicle that fans of Mother Nature will love.
This is proof that you can have your cake and definitely eat it too.
So instead of a V12 engine, Brabus went and fitted a 2.2-liter clear diesel engine and combined with a pair of in-wheel electric motors that were sourced from Protean Electric. Each motor is capable of producing 110 horsepower and 590 lb/ft of torque and when combined with the 2.2 L diesel engine, allows the car to hit 0-62 mph in a pretty impressive 7.4 seconds. More impressive than that is that with this powertrain, the E-Class can improve its fuel economy by a staggering 30 percent, which is out-of-this-world for a car like a Mercedes.
Full specs behind the Brabus Technology Project Hybrid E-Class have yet to be announced, but from what we’ve gathered, this looks like a project that’s definitely worth keeping our tabs on.