Brabus Once Again Proves It’s The King Of Mercedes-AMG Tuning
Unless we’re in for a surprise in the next coming days, it looks like the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show will only have one major aftermarket tuning company in attendance. It’s a little bit of a surprise, but then again, the tuner that did show up is Brabus, and we all know its place in the tuning hierarchy. Suffice to say, it’s the go-to tuner for Mercedes-Benz models. This week Brabus showed solidified this with not one, not two, but three different programs for three different Mercedes-AMG models, all of which, mind you, received insane levels of power and performance, among other things.
These are the kinds of things that we can expect from Brabus. As a matter of fact, these are the kinds of things that we’ve already expected out of the tuner. I’ve already detailed my thoughts about the Rocket 900 program for the AMG S 65 Cabrio and the 700 kit for the AMG E 63 S last week. But guess what; Brabus wasn’t done. Rather, it followed those two major reveals with another program, the 900PS, for the AMG G 65 V12. All that and the tuner even had the time to build and develop a concept for smart called the Ultimate E Concept and had one of its sub-brands – Startech – come up with an aero kit for the Land Rover Discovery. Those two aside, the three Mercedes-AMG tuning kits are prime examples of why everyone regards Brabus as one of the best tuners in the game today. It may be far from being the only one, but rest assured, if there’s somebody out there with a Mercedes or a Mercedes-AMG in his garage that’s dying to get some aftermarket tuning love, Brabus should be one of the first, if not the first, tuners he should call.
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2017 Brabus Ultimate E Concept
In the 23 years that it’s been around, Smart has become a staple in urban cities, fulfilling its mission of being a purveyor of affordable compact cars. But like most car brands, Smart has a sporty and aggressive alter ego, though one that we rarely get to see. It just so happened that one such example was presented at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show by noted tuner Brabus. It’s called the Brabus Ultimate E Concept, and it’s an absolute humdinger.
Okay, so I know what you’re thinking. “It’s a Smart ForTwo. ‘Humdinger’ isn’t exactly the kind of word I’d use to describe it.” You’d be right about that, but you’d also be wrong in assuming that the Ultimate E Concept is nothing more than a dressed up ForTwo wearing a Brabus kit. It’s way more than what it appears to be, and we have Brabus and its partner-in-crime in this project, Kreisel Electric, to thank for that. This concept – it really shouldn’t be a concept – represents the pinnacle of what the Smart ForTwo can become if it adopts new technologies and embraces its inner id in the process. Think a 200-horsepower Smart ForTwo is still the stuff of dreams and fantasies? Think again. Smart has come a long way since it started in 1994. I can’t tell for certain if the Brabus Ultimate E Concept is the future, but if it is, then that future just became mighty exciting.
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Brabus Goes Electric With The Ultimate E Concept
You know the electric revolution in the auto industry is looking more and more like a real thing when aftermarket tuners, usually the last defenders of traditional gas-powered engines, start to slowly embrace the prospect of tuning electric cars. Brabus isn’t quite there yet, but one of its offerings for the Frankfurt Motor Show points exactly to that kind of future. The model is called the Brabus Ultimate E Concept, and while it does take its roots from the smart ForTwo, this creation is more about what the tuner can do moving forward more than it is a showcase of smart’s expanding portfolio.
To be fair, there are a number of interesting items in the Ultimate E Concept. It’s all dressed up in a swath of fancy aero bits, making it look a lot more dynamic than a run-of-the-mill ForTwo. It even has an eye-catching yellow paint that a Mercedes-AMG GT R would be proud to wear. The real highlight of the concept though is its drivetrain. Don’t go looking for a combustion engine in there because it’s long gone. In its place is a full electric powertrain that Brabus developed in collaboration with Kreisel Electric. The result is a car that can produce 201 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, making it one of the most powerful versions of the smart ForTwo in the world. For a car that’s never been considered exciting, the Brabus’ Ultimate E Concept looks to be one way to inject some life into the little ride.
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2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 Brabus 700
Days after introducing the new Brabus Rocket 900 for the AMG S 65 Cabriolet, Brabus is getting into the tuning spirit with yet another aftermarket program, this time for the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S. This new kit doesn’t exactly approach the insane levels of the Rocket 900, but make no mistake, with 691 horsepower on tap, don’t think that this AMG E 63 S can’t leave other cars in the dust.
Even better, the German tuner’s program is available for all variants of the AMG E 63. That means that owners of sedan and wagon variants of the AMG E 63 can avail of the Brabus 700 kit, and should they do so, they stand to receive more than just a plug-and-play auxiliary control unit. The whole program also features an aerodynamic kit, a new set of wheels, and enough personalization options for the interior that helps bring out a unique identity to each and every customer who gets the kit. It is fitting that Brabus is presenting the 700 program for the AMG E 63 S at the Frankfurt Motor Show, considered as one of the biggest auto shows in the world. A lot of eyes will be on the tuner to showcase its latest wares. Hardly a surprise then that Brabus is bringing its A-game to the event.
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2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 By Brabus
Raise your hand if you’re still not used to seeing the Mercedes GLE Coupe? I hate to admit it, but I count myself in this group and a big part of that was seeing the BMW X6 for so long and not having a rival coming from the Silver Arrows. But finally in 2015, seven years after the X6 was unveiled, Mercedes launched the GLE Coupe. Why the quick history lesson, you ask? Its because the GLE Coupe is one of the most relevant crossovers/SUVs in the premium crossover/SUV market today and it’s also become the apple of the aftermarket industry’s eye.
Take Brabus for example. The German tuner is famous for being one of the best Mercedes tuners in the game. It has a program for just about every Mercedes model in the market today, and not surprisingly, it’s already prepared two unique tuning kits for the GLE, one being the GLE 63S and the other being the GLE 850. So what does Brabus do now that it has these programs in the mix? It develops a third program, that’s what.
This new kit is specific to the AMG GLE 43 Coupe, the little brother to the AMG GLE 63. In keeping with the spirit of a Brabus-tuned Mercedes, the AMG GLE 43 Coupe gets a load of refinements covering a few surfaces of the coupe SUV. Yes, it even has interior upgrades. They’re not much, but they still count for something, right?
The real highlight though is Brabus’ 410 kit, which you can imagine gets really busy on the AMG GLE 43’s 3.0-liter biturbo V-6 engine, bringing out a total output of 404 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. There’s more to the kit than what I’ve mentioned, which is why now’s the perfect time to take a look at all details.
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2016 Mercedes GLS-Class "850 XL" by Brabus
As the full-sized SUV in Mercedes-Benz’s lineup, there’s a lot of pressure on the GLS to appeal to a wide range of customers, ranging from the off-road types to those who have big families. The multi-purpose function of the GLS-Class extends to the tuning world where aftermarket tuners like Brabus determine a specific course of action on how to best approach the SUVs capabilities. For its part, Brabus did what it does best by giving the GLS an engine upgrade of a lifetime that ends with the SUV’s biturbo V-8 engine netting a 838 horsepower and 1,069 pound-feet of torque.
Those power figures are the unquestioned highlight of the program and is the biggest reason why the program is called the “850 XL.” But there’s more to this kit than the massive engine upgrade. It also features a comprehensive wide body aero kit, a new set of 23-inch wheels, and modifications to the interior that really spruces up the life between those doors.
It is an extensive kit and it’s indicative of what Brabus is capable of when it goes all-out on a tuning program. Some tuners exaggerate their tuning kits with names dripping in hyperbole. Brabus has no need for that because its works, both past and present, resoundingly speak for themselves. In the case of the 850 XL kit for the GLS, Brabus has once again developed a tuning program that deserves its own holler.
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2016 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet 850 By Brabus
Anytime the words “world’s fastest” and “most powerful” are mentioned, a lot of people immediately look for the source of these words. In this case, it’s German tuner Brabus that’s doing the boasting when it announced its new program for the Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet, appropriately called the Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo Cabrio.
So why exactly was this AMG S63 christened as the world’s fastest and most powerful cabriolet? For that, we have to look at the sweeping changes the tuner made to the car’s 5.5-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine. The process was complicated, but in the end, Brabus was able to increase the V-8’s output from the standard 577 horses and 664 pound-feet of twist to an enormous 838 horsepower and 848 pound-feet of torque.
The result is nothing short of impressive, but it’s also not the only notable thing about this particular program. Just as important are the upgrades down on the periphery, including the new aero kit, the customizable interior, and the fresh offer of new wheels, which is an underrating of the entire tuning experience given how important they are in the overall makeup of the tuned AMG S63 Cabriolet.
Other tuners have also developed programs of their own for both coupe and cabriolet versions of the AMG S63. But Brabus is probably the only one that is confident enough to lay the “world’s fastest” and “most powerful” claim for its program. That speaks to the kind of confidence the tuner has in its own abilities, something that nobody has questioned in a long time.
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2016 Mercedes-AMG C63 S By Brabus
The notion that the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S is merely an ordinary car is wrong on so many levels. By itself, the performance sedan already packs quite a punch to the tune of 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. But that’s just all Mercedes. So what happens to the AMG C 63 S when the noted Mercedes tuner enters the picture? Well, all hell breaks loose.
On one hand, the results are to be expected. There’s more carbon fiber, more power, and a whole lot more details thrown in for good measure. It even has a new feature called “Coming Home,” which I’ll expound on after the jump. Rest assured, everything about this program is top-class. That’s the kind of reputation Brabus has built over the years and there’s no reason to expect anything less.
This Brabus-tuned C 63 AMG will make its debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The event kicks off on March 3, 2016, but as early as now, I already know that a lot of people will be crowding the German tuner’s booth to take a close look at this beautiful AMG C 63 S.
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2016 Mercedes C 450 4MATIC By Brabus
There’s a special place in tuning heaven reserved for the likes of Brabus, the German tuner who has made a habit of turning ordinary - if you can even call them that - Mercedes models into pieces of technical and performance art. The latest example of this aftermarket wizardry comes in the form of the C 450 4MATIC, a sedan that sits in one of the bottom rungs of Mercedes’ model hierarchy.
None of that matters, though, if the German tuner is in the equation. In typical Brabus fashion, the aftermarket company has created an impressive new program that adds extensive modifications to the C 450 4MATIC’s exterior, interior, and engine. As a result, you have a sedan that doesn’t feel like it’s the runt of the litter anymore.
Thanks to Brabus, the C 450 4MATIC has all of its claws out, ready to swing at anything that comes its way. This sense of empowerment is rarely seen in the aftermarket world, and yet, Brabus has made a habit of doing it with just about every Mercedes model it has worked on in the past.
That’s the cache that comes with being considered as the best in the block, something Brabus has been for Mercedes models for a long time now.
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Brabus is taking center stage at the 2015 Dubai Motor Show with yet another tuning kit for one of Mercedes’ newest models. Coinciding with the unveiling of the Mercedes S63 AMG Rocket 900 Desert Gold Edition, the German tuner has now pulled the covers off of the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63S - 700.
The new tuning program is for the GLE 63, Merc’s first offering to a coupe-SUV segment currently populated by the likes of BMW X6 and the Porsche Cayenne. The GLE has yet to gain the following that it’s competitors have had in years, but Mercedes, and Brabus by extension, hope to change that with programs like this one.
On its face, the B63S - 700 checks all the required boxes of a comprehensive program. It has cosmetic upgrades, aerodynamic improvements, and engine enhancements. It even has a suspension update, which goes to show how detailed this kit really is.
In the midst of all the changes made to the GLE 63, I still get the feeling that Merc’s coupe SUV still has to earn its keep. This Brabus program certainly gives it a little bit of credibility. But, that currency will only remain valid for as long as the GLE 63 is relevant. It’s too early to say how popular it’s going to be, but right now, it still has a lot of miles to cover before it can catch up with its more established rivals.
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The 2016 Mercedes-Maybach S600 is already one of the most powerful, luxurious and exclusive production sedans on the planet, so what is a customer to do if he wants even more power, luxury and exclusivity? Send it to Brabus. Introduced earlier this year, the Brabus 900 shows the tuning potential of Mercedes’ flagship luxury sedan, and the world got its first live look at the high-powered Maybach limousine at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
From the engine to the highly detailed interior, the German tuner house has put its touches on every aspect of the latest Maybach, creating what is essentially a four-wheeled alternative to a private luxury jet. Now this isn’t the first time Brabus has gone to work on a Maybach sedan, but this new Brabus 900 far surpasses its predecessor in every regard, including making that car’s output of 749 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque seem downright feeble. I know, right?
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The 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe hasn’t been the best-received of vehicles. It’s another of those vehicles that tries so hard to fit into so many different niches that it doesn’t get any of them quite right. But Brabus knows that people will be willing to overlook a lot in the name of insane amounts of power, and if anyone can crank that kind of power out of the GLE Coupe, it is definitely Brabus. The new creation is given the name 850, the same as several other Brabus creations that are based off of 63-badged Mercedes products.
What makes the GLE Coupe 850 different from the other Brabus 850 products is that the base vehicle isn’t an AMG, as there is no AMG version of the GLE Coupe, at least not yet. The GLE63 S still uses the same engine as 63-badged AMG products, and it still costs nearly twice as much as the base model, but it isn’t quite as visually attention-grabbing as an AMG. So the GLE Coupe 850 might come as more of a shock than other 850 models. And yet, for all of the shocking craziness of the exterior, it is a surprisingly refined and civilized cabin.
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One of the best ways to determine that a car has reached mainstream acceptance is the arrival of the tuners, and for electric cars that moment may have arrived. German tuner Brabus, known for hot-rod versions of Mercedes and Smart vehicles, has turned its attention to the 2015 Tesla Model S. Brabus revealed its Zero Emissions range of Model S upgrades at Frankfurt. While many electric cars would seem unlikely recipients for tuning upgrades, the Model S has already turned heads thanks to its luxury-class ride and ultra-high-performance “Ludicrous Mode.”
Brabus says that more Zero Emissions products are on the way. For now, the company is sticking to cosmetic upgrades – sensible, considering that the Model S can be insanely fast on its own. Exterior and interior upgrades are designed to allow Tesla owners to personalize their cars in proper moneyed sports-sedan style: Brabus wheels, aero components and leather interior upgrades will be offered. Whether Brabus will find a way to make the 772 maximum-horsepower 2015 Tesla Model S P85D even more powerful remains to be seen.
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As many of you know, the smart car brand was started after two different ideas from two very different entities had a baby. One of those entities was none other than Mercedes-Benz, who figured that since a Europe-wide study in the late 1980s found most people travel alone while in the city, there were a lot of people occupying extra real estate just to do their daily errands. The Germans’ solution was to create a hobbit of a car that can carry two persons and their luggage and be extremely nimble in a crowded city.
The other entity was none other than Swiss watch maker Swatch, who had an idea of a highly customizable city car that would be closer to a trendy fashion statement — kind of like their watches at the time. After first going for a collaboration with Volkswagen, where then newly elected CEO Ferdinand Piëch dismissed the idea because the brand was planing the Lupo, Swatch finally got into an agreement with Daimler Benz to create the smart brand from scratch.
Long story short, in the years that passed since the brand was thought out and its first product reached the market, Daimler bought Swatch’s shares and the company became a fully-owned subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz. Some of the ideas from Swatch, such as changeable plastic body panels and a colorful interior, were kept over time, but the real fully customizable smart fortwo only arrived with the second generation of the model.
It was 2009 when Brabus, smart’s official tuning house, implemented the so-called "tailor made" program, leaving fortwo owners of the time to choose between myriads of exterior and interior color combinations and materials. In other words, customers could spec their car like it was a four-wheeled suit from Savile Row. With the third-generation fortwo now reaching European dealerships, Brabus is preparing a new "Tailor Made" program for its customers, with two concepts of what can be achieved having been presented at the 2014 edition of the Paris Motor Show.
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Although the Smart ForTwo was introduced in 1998, it took five years for the slightly beefed-up Brabus model to arrive in dealerships. The first-gen model features a 74-horsepower, 698cc engine, revised front spoiler and grille, new exhaust and wider wheels. As Smart increased engine displacement for the second-gen model, the ForTwo Brabus gained a turbo, 1.0-liter unit rated at 101 horses, 18 ponies more than the standard vehicle. The upgrade dropped the 0-to-60 mph sprint from 10.6 to 8.8 seconds, making the ForTwo Brabus the quickest city car ever built. As we move onto the 2015 model year, Smart introduced a redesigned, third-generation ForTwo, with a Brabus-badged version to follow suit.
Just a few months after Smart showcased the Brabus tailor-made program for the ForTwo at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, the brand’s souped-up city car has hit public roads wearing very little camouflage, hinting the production model is well underway. An official release isn’t scheduled until March 2015, when the Geneva Motor Show commences, but we have a bunch of new spy shots, along with a handful of details, to quench your thirst for ridiculously fast city cars.
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The media and prospective buyers have given Mercedes’ new compact crossover — the GLA-Class — a lot of attention lately. And whenever there’s a new Mercedes like the GLA-Class, one can expect Brabus to start work on a tuning program for it. Like its past projects on other Mercedes vehicles, Brabus understands how to turn up the heat with its aftermarket programs. In this particular case, Brabus not only brings out the GLA-Class’ untapped performance credentials, but does so while looking classy and luxurious.
It’s hard not to love the GLA-Class, especially when an aftermarket company like Brabus gets its hands on it. The strikingly designed exterior that carries distinctive highlights showcases a GLA-Class that looks as comfortable in city streets as it is taking on some light off-road duties.
And don’t forget, Brabus always pays premium importance on giving its programs hefty performance increases and the GLA-Class is no different. Think the GLA-Class’ standard 208 horsepower is enough for Brabus?
Think again, fellas. Think again.
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With 550 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, the current Mercedes-Benz E-Class E63 AMG is one of the quickest sedans you can buy nowadays. However, the midsize, German four-door is far from reaching its full potential in its standard guise. The sedan is even more capable when an S badge is added to its name, which comes with an additional 27 horsepower and 59 pound-feet for a total output of 577 horsepower and 590 pound-feet.
Impressed? You should, because you can’t find that many ponies in a BMW M5 and the Audi S6 is even further behind. But don’t hold your breath just yet, the Germans have spawned an even more powerful iteration of the E-Class, one that boasts incredible power, torque and performance figures rarely seen in a midsize sedan.
The Germans we’re talking about do not reside in Stuttgart, where Mercedes-Benz established its headquarters 88 years ago. Rather, they are located in and conceive their beastly creations in Bottrop. In case it doesn’t ring a bell, we’re talking about Brabus, the company behind the most ludicrous Mercedes-based vehicles ever created.
It’s newest product goes by the name of E63 AMG 850 6.0 Biturbo and it’s a sedan that could smoke some of the most powerful muscle cars available right now, including the lightning-fast Shelby GT500 Super Snake.
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The Mercedes A45 AMG may be considered as the baby brother of AMG’s full lineup, but there’s nothing small about this model once you add Brabus into the mix. Thanks to the German tuner’s comprehensive aerodynamic and performance upgrades, this A45 AMG is ready to tussle with the big boys.
The program is typical of what you can expect from Brabus. Slap on some new aero components, dress up the interior, and drop a performance upgrade on the engine. It’s the three-step process to turning cars like the A45 AMG into veritable pocket rockets.
But the best part about this program — apart from having Brabus’ seal of approval — is the fact that on its own, the A45 AMG is already a pretty powerful Mercedes, capable of producing in excess of 360 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque. This insane power allows the A45 AMG to hit 60 mph in 4.6 seconds to go with a top speed of 155 mph.
But even with those impressive numbers, Brabus was still able to add more ponies to the engine, which in a lot of ways proves that when it comes to Mercedes models, nobody does aftermarket programs better than this tuner.
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Brabus’ attendance at the 2013 Essen Motor Show will be highlighted by a new program for the Mercedes E63 AMG Wagon. So what if the car doesn’t look as sexy as sexy as other Mercs; when you have the kind of performance upgrade Brabus did to it, you won’t be sweating about the car’s lack of "aesthetic appeal".
Before we get to the performance boost, it’s important to point out that the program also comes with its share of new carbon-fiber body parts, including the front spoiler lip and a diffuser insert. A new sports exhaust system was also installed, this time coming with quad tailpipes. Similarly, new wheels are also part of the program, with customers being given the liberty to choose in sizes up to 20 inches.
Moving inside, the cabin of the E63 AMG Wagon comes with a number of customization options that customers can choose from, including picking their leather trim, Alcantara, aluminum shift paddles, among other things.
Finally, there’s the performance modification. Not content with just a 5.5-liter, V-8 twin-turbo engine, Brabus increased the displacement to a monstrous six liters. From there, the tuning firm installed custom turbos with bigger compressors and bespoke exhaust manifolds to feed the beast a healthy amount of oxygen.
With all these upgrades, the German tuner was able to increase the output of the wagon from 585 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, all the way up to 850 horsepower and 1,069 pound-feet of torque. The latter, though, will be electronically-limited to just 849 pound-feet of torque, to prevent the engine from twisting itself and the transmission right out of the wagon.
With these new performance figures, the E63 AMG Wagon is cable of hitting 62 mph in just 3.1 seconds to go with a top speed of 186 mph with regular tires and 217 mph with high-performance rubber.
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It’s hard not to give the Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6 the applause it deserves because not doing so would probably result in the vehicle jumping off our page and slapping us silly with those two extra tires.
All joking aside, this vehicle really is one for the ages. Adding German tuner extraordinaire Brabus into the equation, makes this one monster ride that will no doubt leave every other vehicle scampering away and cowering in fear by the vehicle’s mere presence.
At the Frankfurt Auto Show, Brabus will present its program for the G63 AMG 6x6. You had better find a nice place to hide because if this Brabus-tuned G63 AMG 6x6 finds you looking at it funny, it might just decide to give you a knee-buckling stare of its own.
Give credit to Brabus for taking the time to work on a vehicle like this. Chances are, the company enjoyed working on it so much that Brabus engineers likely "tested" the model extensively.
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Every major auto show that Brabus goes to, you can expect that at least one of its programs will be dedicated to the billing "fastest-something-in-the-world".
At the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, that distinction falls on the capable shoulders of the 2013 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake.
If you thought that station wagons are merely characterized as family cars, Brabus’ 850 6.0 Biturbo program will throw that notion right out of the window with the fury of a car running 800 horsepower worth of output.
That’s what makes this Brabus program for the CLS 63 AMG Shooting Brake such a mouthful to digest. Sure, it already has the performance credentials to be called a powerful car, but the German tuner takes it to a whole new level normally reserved for exotic coupes.
Then again, we shouldn’t be surprised anymore because Brabus does it over and over again, and the results have been nothing less than spectacular.
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