Brabus

Brabus

While everyone is still waiting for the new Mercedes SLK55 AMG , German tuner Brabus has decided to give a little flavor to the recently launched SLK-Class . Their target was to provide a good idea as to what the future AMG model will look like, so they included exterior and interior updates and a few engine tricks to spice things up.

For starters, Brabus added a new front spoiler lip, side skirts, rear apron with new diffusers, and a boot lid wing. This was followed by new tailpipes and the obligatory new set of wheels, offered in 18", 19", or 20". The wheels can be ordered in a Mono block VI double spoke Design, Mono block A six-spoke Design, Mono block S double spoke Design, Mono block E 9, F, and Q series. We can’t imagine the interior was a major focus for this tuning project as there are not many changes from the standard SLK and the AMG model. Just as well, the tuner added leather upholstery, aluminum trims in matte finish, aluminum pedals, steel door sills, and floor mats with the Brabus logo.

What the AMG model will have that the standard SLK does not is a boost in power. Since the point of this package was to make a pseudo-SLK AMG, Brabus is offering two engine upgrade levels. The first includes an ECO PowerXtra cgi B20 that provides a jump of 26 HP and the second is the PowerXtra cgi B20 S that adds 41 HP, which leaves the SLK with 328 HP and 343 HP, respectively.

How would you like to own a Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet that can smoke even the most powerful of exotics in the world? It sounds like we’re reaching considering that the car doesn’t really belong in the same exotic landscape as those devil-may-care machines. But once you see what German tuning company, Brabus, has cooked up, you’re going to have to pick your jaws up off the floor. Don’t feel too bad, though, because we just picked ours up too.

This is the Brabus 800 E V12 Cabriolet and it really does defy all kinds of reasonable explanation. It’s based on the E-Class Cabriolet and it’s got enough power to shame even some of the most powerful supercars on the planet. Of course, all that is owed to the 800-horsepower engine under its hood, which really is beyond comprehension when you think about it. It’s an E-Class, people! Make no mistake; the E-Class has some serious juice in it, but 800 horsepower?

We’re starting to be at a loss for words so it’s probably best to find out more about it after the jump.

German tuner, Brabus , has been tuning Mercedes models for quite awhile, so getting a slew of performance kits to slap onto different versions of the luxury brand is neither surprising nor unexpected. Their new PowerXtra CGI kits can be applied to the S550 , the CL550 , the S 63 , and the CL 63 . Depending on the model, this new package can increase the total output for the Mercedes up to between 490 HP and 620 HP. The top speed has also been pumped up to an impressive 200 mph.

For the S550 and CL550, the new performance kit increases the V8’s output from a total of 435 HP to an impressive 490 HP and the peak torque gets raised to 575 lb-ft. The S63 and CL63 models will receive the same kit, but will also get a water-to-air intercooler powered by an electric auxiliary pump. This will increase the total output to 620 HP and the peak torque to 737 lb-ft. As a result, the sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in 4.3 seconds, while top speed has been increased to 200 mph.

The kit also includes a special sport exhaust system with exhaust flap that will control the sounds of your engine. Aerodynamics will get boosted with a new front spoiler, carbon-fiber moldings for the gills in the sides of the front bumper, aluminum sport fenders, a carbon-fiber diffuser with integrated reflector, and a carbon-fiber rear spoiler.

Brabus is apparently not satisfied with preparing tuning packages with blow your socks off speed and have moved on to the world where briefcases and hand held devices are key to survival. No, we’re not talking about a Brabus Brabus -tuned iPad - although that would be fascinating -, but the iBusiness 2.0, a vehicle that is fully equipped with the new iPad 2.

We’ve seen Brabus do something very similar to this before when they introduced the "iBusiness" SV12 R with the first generation iPad, but their latest package has been upgraded to the new and improved tablet computer. The setup for this new model is exactly like the first version as the iPad is offered with a WiFi network and a Mini Mac. The ultra-small, yet powerful Mini Mac serves as the central computer and is hidden away in the S-Class trunk under the rear shelf in an electrically deployed drawer.

The iBusiness 2.0 package can be applied to any model in the S-Class line-up, but prices on the package have yet to be announced.

Hit the jump to read about the Brabus iBusiness 2.0.

The Mercedes G55 AMG is no slouch by any stretch of the imagination. So when somebody is looking to put more power under its hood, you know that their reasons are far more than just necessity.

Mercedes tuner extraordinaire Brabus knows a thing or two about building performance packages for the G55 AMG , having done so a few years ago with a 700-horsepower monster of an SUV.

Turns out, 700 horsepower wasn’t powerful enough for these guys because they’ve just released their newest performance package that produces a jaw-dropping 800 horsepower, making it the most powerful SUV in the world. We don’t normally subscribe to masochistic amounts of power on an SUV, but Brabus’ work on the G55 AMG is nothing short of staggering. The only thing that we’re worried about is that this SUV’s price tag will be as pocket-burning as the last one the tuning firm built.

If you remember Brabus’ last work, the whole thing cost around €379,000, or about $482,000 based on current exchange rates. Add 100 more horsepower on this one and you can be sure that the price will spike north of half a million, which if you’re a man of sound body and mind, you’ll know is beyond excessive.

Details on the Brabus 800 Widestar after the jump.

The Geneva Motor Show is now upon us, and just as the sun is bright and the wintertime is as cold as the other side of the clouds, German tuning firm, Brabus, has finally unveiled their tuned-up SLS AMG masterpiece.

Calling it the BiTurbo 700, which was taken after the performance upgrades done on the car, Brabus seems to have done its homework quite well with their work on the Mercedes supercar. Not only does the car generate more power than the stock SLS AMG , it also has plenty of aerodynamic upgrades that make the car look sportier and far more aggressive. Brabus also did well for themselves in giving the SLS a matte gray exterior finish, adding style and class to an already sporty and powerful machine.

We’ve seen a lot of works done by Brabus over the years, but we can honestly say that this particular program ranks right up there with the Rockets.

UPDATE 03/02/11: This review has been updated with Brabus 700 Biturbo’s full specs, as well as new images.

After previewing two of their Geneva-bound works – the Brabus Rocket and the Brabus SLS – the German tuning company has released the first official photo of their third and final Geneva offering: the Brabus Smart ForTwo Ultimate.

For a company that specializes on upgrading Mercedes and Maybach vehicles, Brabus doesn’t always get to work on Smart-branded vehicles. As a matter of fact, the Smart ForTwo Ultimate will only be the second Smart vehicle to be tuned by Brabus, after the Ultimate 101 back in 2006.

Details behind the overall package are still being withheld, but unlike the two other vehicles headed for Geneva, Brabus Brabus decided to release a photo of the Ultima Ultima te Smart ForTwo in all its glory. Looking at the photo, you’ll notice that the car comes in the same matte gray body finish as the two other vehicles. There also appears to be some hints of carbon fiber on the car as well as some fancy – at least as far as Smart standards are concerned – set of Brabus machined-alloy wheels on the car. While they have yet to release information on what’s under the car’s hood, we’ve been informed that the Ultimate Smart ForTwo will also come with a modified engine.

The Smart Ultimate, together with the Brabus Rocket and the Brabus SLS, will make their debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Be sure to check back with us to find out more information on this decked-out Smart ForTwo when details become available.

A few years ago, noted Mercedes tuning firm Brabus released their monster of a sedan appropriately called ‘Rocket’. Back then, the Brabus Rocket blazed through the record books for posting a top speed of 227.26 miles per hour, becoming the fastest four-door saloon of its kind or size in the world. Five years after the last Brabus Rocket burned out hearts, the German tuning firm is gearing up for one pretty damn good sequel.

Now that Mercedes has a new CLS-Class ready to hit the streets, Brabus took one of these bad boys back to their shop to give it their own, shall we say, ‘interpretative modifications’. The result, ladies and gentlemen, is the new Brabus Rocket.

Details behind the new Rocket have yet to be revealed – Brabus is saving the surprise for Geneva – so we’re just going to have to settle for waiting a few more days before we can get a good look at what could be another record-breaking four-door sedan. In the meantime, do check out these teaser photos of the new Rocket courtesy of Brabus. It doesn’t show a whole lot, but it does tell us one clearly important thing: the new Brabus Rocket has finally arrived.

With the new generation Mercedes CLS recently launched it was just a matter of time until it would caught tuner’s attention. And it did, time time from Brabus. This time they have only focused on the standard version, but a more powerful kit based on the CLS63 AMG model has also been announced.

Their package for the CLS includes both interior and exterior updates, but also a pretty impressive engine update. While for the standard CLS the tuner revealed no details, they promised that for the AMG version the 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine will be tuned to deliver an impressive 730 HP (up from a standard of 525 HP).

And for the interior there is the usual Brabus front and rear bumper, new side skirts, lots of LED lights, Brabus logo and of course a new set of wheels. There is no words about the interior just yet, but be sure it will be more sportier than ever.

Brabus has announced an impressive tuning package for the Mercedes S350 BlueTec equipped with the Euro VI exhaust emission standard. Thanks to a ECO PowerXtra D6S performance kit, the model delivers an extra 54 HP and an extra 70 NM of torque.

The ECO PowerXtra D6S kit’s performance increase depends on the selected shift mode of the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission. In ‘Eco’ mode the maximum power output of the engine remains unchanged, but the peak torque jumps from standard 457 to 509 lb-ft. Upon switching to ‘Manual’ or ‘Sport’ mode, the increase in torque is accompanied by an increase in maximum power output from 255 HP to 308 HP at a low 3,600 rpm.

Equipped with the kit, the S350 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds, while top speed remains limited to 155 mph.

The same kit is also available for all four body styles of the Mercedes E 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY and for the new CLS 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY model.

Press release after the jump.


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