Tune it! Safe!, the campaign for safe and legal automobile tuning, has revealed its 8th specialty model at the 2012 Essen Motor Show. This year, it decided to use a Brabus-tuned Mercedes A250 BlueEFFICIENCY for the occasion.
In collaboration with Hankook, the campaign’s main sponsor, the special police-livery A-Class was given a Brabus body kit comprising of a new front spoiler, and a roof spoiler. Foliatec then dressed the A250 BlueEFFICIENCY in full police livery and Hella supplied a special signal system — "RTK 7" — with the latest LED technology, blue lights and sirens. Finally, a quad-tailpipe exhaust system and a set of 19" Brabus "Liquid Titanium" alloy wheels wrapped in Hankook Ventus S1 Evo 2 tires round out the exterior modifications on the car.
Inside, the Tune It! Safe! A-Class’ interior modifications were highlighted by alloy pedals, special floor mats, and controls for the aforementioned roof-mounted light bar.
As far as performance goes, the car’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine was treated to a sharp power improvement and it now pumps out a stout 245 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. All told, that allows the Tune It! Safe! A-Class to hit a top speed of 155 mph while also averaging 38.6 mpg with CO2 emissions of just 143 g/km.
Mercedes may be the epitome of class and luxury, but make no mistake; the German automakers are far more diverse than most people think.
Using the all-wheel drive Mercedes-Benz Acros 3341, Mercedes was part of a collaborative project with Rosenbauer International AG in the creation of the Water Cannon 10000 – or as it’s more endearingly called, the WaWe10.
Not exactly a figure of luxury, is it? In fact, it actually looks like a Decepticon. Ok, we digress.
The WaWe10 is a new anti-rally, water-spewing vehicle that is capable of unleashing a 1,400 gallon-per-minute water fury that should corral even the most hostile of rioters.
What makes the WaWe10 so unique is that it’s more than just a glorified water hose; it comes with a 408 hp BlueTec Euro5 emissions-passed turbo-diesel engine and it can also refill as much as 2,641 gallons of water from open water and fire hydrants at the same time as its blasting away at those belligerent folks that are hard to shake off.
"As far as we are aware this is the most modern vehicle of its kind in the world", said Achim Friedl, Divisional Head at the Federal Ministry of the Interior for Federal Police and State Riot Police Technology and Logistics, of the $1.3 million-dollar water hoser.
And after a hard day in the job, the riot police can kick back and relax, thanks to a ‘refrigerated’ compartment inside the WaWe10 that stores ‘refreshments’ of any kind.
Press release after the jump.