Brabus never fails to deliver tuned Mercedes-Benz cars and trucks that pack a wallop underhood and looks to match. If the car wears Brabus badging, chances are it's going to walk the walk.
This is the case with the just-announced Brabus C-Class tuning program. When equipped with the tuner's available 4.0L engine upgrade, the C packs 332 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. This means a 0-100 km/h (62mph) time of 5.9 seconds and a top end in the neighborhood of 170 miles per hour. Not shabby at all for the new baby Benz. We'll have to see what MB's own speed merchants, AMG, devise for the car.
Getting back to Brabus – speed isn't everything, and true to form, a host of appearance and handling accessories are also offered. This includes a variety of suspension tweaks, wheel/tire upgrades, sport exhaust, full aero kits, fully-customized interiors, and even detail pieces like illuminated sill plates and rocker panels. Diesel customers aren't left out either, as they can punch up their cars with Brabus' D3 performance kit and still enjoy all the other upgrades we just mentioned.
Brabus cars look fast and usually live up to the appearances, and this, once again, is no exception. Full details in the press release after the jump.
The BRABUS Sport Program for the New C-Class
Concurrent with the market introduction of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class BRABUS
presents an exclusive sport program for the new sedan.
Highlights of the product lineup are the BRABUS 4.0 displacement engine with 332 hp / 244
kW for the V6 gasoline models, an elegant aerodynamic-enhancement program, light-alloy
wheels with 20-inch diameter and corresponding suspensions, plus numerous individual
BRABUS is world-renowned for its powerful yet clean-burning displacement engines,
lubricated exclusively with ARAL motor oil. All tuning components and conversions are
backed by the one-of-a-kind BRABUS Tuning Warranty� of three years up to 100,000
kilometers (see BRABUS warranty conditions as of June 2003).
For the new C 280 and C 350 models BRABUS offers its BRABUS 4.0 engine. By installing a
special crankshaft and larger pistons displacement is increased to 4.0 liters. Additionally the
four-valve cylinder heads are optimized for gas flow, and fitted with special camshafts. The
conversion further includes a stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system with metal
catalysts, and newly programmed engine electronics.
The impressive results of the conversion are a maximum power output of 332 hp / 244 kW
and a peak torque of 420 Nm at 4,200 rpm. Thus equipped, the four-door delivers excellent
performance: Just 5.9 seconds pass from 0 - 100 km/h, top speed is 275 km/h in
combination with the BRABUS Vmax-Unit.
For the CDI models of the new C-Class BRABUS offers its PowerXtra performance kits. The
list starts with the D2 (III) kit that increases power output of the C 200 CDI by 39 hp / 28.7 hp,
and bumps peak torque to 385 Nm. The C 220 CDI with BRABUS D3 (III) kit delivers 195 hp
/ 143 kW of power and 450 Nm of peak torque. For the top-of-the-line turbodiesel model
C 320 CDI there is the D6 (III) power kit. It delivers 48 hp / 35.3 kW of additional power and a
peak torque of 590 Nm, turning the new C-Class into one of the world's sportiest diesel-
powered cars with a 0 � 100 km/h time of just 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h.
BRABUS stainless-steel quad sport exhaust systems are available for all engine variants.
More dynamics for the new C-Class also come from custom-tailored BRABUS tire/wheel
combinations with diameters of 17, 18, 19 and 20 inches and corresponding BRABUS sport
suspensions, lowering kits and sport sway bars. The largest wheels for the new C-Class are
BRABUS Monoblock VI, E and S light-alloy wheels in size 9Jx20 front and back, fitted with
tires is sizes 235/30 ZR 20 in front and 265/25 ZR 20 on the rear axle.
BRABUS high-performance brake systems are available for the W 204 model series in two
versions and offer maximum stopping power and endurance.
The BRABUS design team also went into the wind tunnel to develop aerodynamic-
enhancement components that not only look great but also offer maximum aerodynamic
efficiency. All parts are manufactured from high-quality PUR-Rim in OEM quality.
The sporty styled BRABUS front spoiler lends the C-Class a more characteristic appearance
with its generously dimensioned air inlets for improved supply of cooling air for radiators and
front brakes. It also minimizes lift on the front axle, thus improving directional stability at high
speeds. Four integrated auxiliary headlights further optimize active safety. BRABUS offers a
three-piece rear spoiler that serves as its aerodynamic counterpart in the rear.
Strikingly styled BRABUS rocker panels create perfect aerodynamic transitions between front
and rear wheel arches. The panels are optionally available with integrated LED entrance
lights. For the outside mirrors BRABUS offers custom-tailored carbon-fiber covers.
The new BRABUS rear apron with one cutout left and right for the sport exhaust rounds out
the exclusive appearance.
BRABUS also enjoys a great reputation worldwide for exclusive interior design: For the new
C-Class the company-own upholstery shop handcrafts exclusive interiors from especially soft
and breathable BRABUS Mastik leather and Alcantara with utmost precision. The BRABUS
program also includes a wide array of individual accessories for the interior. The lineup
ranges from an ergonomically shaped sport steering wheel to aluminum foot pedals and 330-
km/h speedometer to stainless-steel door sills with illuminated BRABUS logo to precious-
wood and carbon-fiber trim sets.