Geneva Preview: 2012 Brabus CLS adds dose of sport, economy

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Brabus has released its tuning package for the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS range ahead of its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show. As with all things Brabus, the package for the CLS leaves no stone unturned, from an aero and appearance package to the suspension and, finally, the engine.

Outside, the car gets a revised front bumper with bigger air intakes, new LED daytime running lights and a front splitter. There's also a set of gilled fenders sporting the Brabus logo and side skirts that give the car the appearance of an even lower stance and helpful entry lights so you don't bash a shin at night.

Keeping things stuck to the ground is a Bilstein suspension supporting your choice of six styles of Brabus rollers, ranging from 8.5x17s to monster 10.5x20-inch trash-can lids. In a bid for the eco vote, Brabus has focused its tuning efforts on the Mercedes-Benz BlueEfficiency diesel engines. The CLS 250 CDI BlueEfficiency gets a 31-horsepower bump and an astonishing 413 pound feet of torque.

On the higher-spec CLS 350 CDI, the engine mods are dual-mode. In eco mode, the car gets pushed to 509 lb-ft from 457, while horsepower stays the same. Hit the sport mode button, and you're looking at climbing to 309 hp from 261. That translates into a 5.9-second 0-60 sprint and the inevitable 155 mile per hour top speed. Want more? See the complete press release after the break and be sure to peruse our high-res image gallery below.

2012 Brabus CLS front three quarter
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World Debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2011
BRABUS Tuning for the New Mercedes CLS Coupe

Sporty-elegant design paired with aerodynamic efficiency is the trademark of BRABUS. For
the new CLS body components were developed in the wind tunnel. They are manufactured
in OEM quality from flexible high-quality Pur-R-Rim.
The BRABUS front spoiler is mounted to the production bumper and noticeably reduces lift
on the front axle at high speeds. The front can be further upgraded with the BRABUS front
apron caps. They feature strikingly styled air inlets and LED daytime running lights, available
with either dark or chrome surrounds.
The CLS gets a distinctly dynamic appearance with the BRABUS sport fenders. In addition to
gills each side also features a horizontal brace with illuminated BRABUS lettering.
The BRABUS sill skirts give the four-door an even lower, sleeker stance. A useful and
appealing added feature is the set of integrated entrance lights that are activated via keyless
fob or door handles.
LED lights for safely accessing the trunk in the dark are integrated into the BRABUS rear
apron. Custom-tailored cutouts in the new rear apron provide the perfect backdrop for the
four tailpipes of the BRABUS sport exhaust system. The rear appearance is rounded out with
a centrally mounted reflector.
The BRABUS rear spoiler creates a perfect aerodynamic balance and emphasizes the sporty
character of the BRABUS designer suit.
Another important contribution to the exclusive BRABUS look for the new CLS comes from
the BRABUS Monoblock wheels in sizes ranging from 8.5Jx17 to 10.5Jx20. The OEM-quality
alloys are available as one-piece and three piece wheels in six different designs.
The most exclusive version features BRABUS Monoblock VI, E or S wheels in size 9Jx20 in
front and size 10.5Jx20 in back. The latest addition to the BRABUS wheel family is the
BRABUS Monoblock F wheel. Presented initially as a forged wheel it is now also available as
a 20-inch cast wheel, which also celebrates its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2011.
On the new CLS this wheel can be mounted in sizes 8.5Jx20 and 9.5Jx20, painted a grey
"Liquid Titanium"shade. The largest tires supplied by BRABUS technology partners Pirelli
and YOKOHAMA for these wheels come in size 255/30 ZR 20 in front and in size 305/25 ZR
20 for the rear axle.
Specially calibrated to the use of sporty low-profile tires are the BRABUS suspension
solutions, developed in cooperation with technology partner BILSTEIN. The lineup ranges
from BRABUS sport springs for a ride-height lowering by some 30 millimeters (1.2 in.).
Sportier ambitions can be met with the BRABUS complete suspension, which combines the
ride-height lowering with firmer but yet comfortable damper settings. CLS models equipped
ex-factory with the semi-active AIRMATIC air suspension system can be lowered by some 35
millimeters (1.4 in.) with the BRABUS suspension module.
BRABUS offers the world's most extensive performance tuning program for Mercedes-Benz
automobiles. The CLS 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY model equipped with BRABUS ECO
PowerXtra D4 performance kit delivers an additional 31 hp (31 bhp) / 22.8 kW and produces
a peak torque of 560 Nm (413 lb-ft).
For the CLS 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY BRABUS offers the ECO PowerXtra D6S tuning kit.
The plug-and-play auxiliary control unit can be installed by any authorized Mercedes-Benz
dealer or any BRABUS competence partner in less than 45 minutes. This high-tech
performance tuning also gives the driver the opportunity to influence power yield via the
selected shift program of the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission.
In 'Eco'mode only peak torque is increased from 620 Nm to 690 Nm (457 to 509 lb-ft)
between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm. The maximum power output remains unchanged. If the 'Sport'
mode is selected manually or activated automatically both peak torque and power output are
increased. Maximum rated power output then jumps from 265 hp (261 bhp) / 195 kW to 313
hp (309 bhp) / 230 kW at a low 3,600 rpm. Using this setting, the tuned turbodiesel model
sprints from 0 – 100 km/h in just 5.9 seconds. Top speed is limited electronically to 250 km/h
(155 mph).
All BRABUS engines are operated exclusively with ARAL high-performance lubricants.
Fully stainless-steel BRABUS quad sport exhaust systems are available for all CLS engine
variants. The precision-calibrated exhaust systems optimize power yield and produce a
throaty exhaust note.
Exclusive interior design that meets every customer request is a particular BRABUS
specialty. The options for the new Mercedes CLS range from appealing accessories to
custom-tailored interiors crafted from especially soft and breathable yet highly durable
BRABUS Mastik leather and Alcantara.
The ergonomically shaped BRABUS sport steering wheel is available in a variety of
leather/wood designs. It provides perfect road feedback and ensures a relaxed posture for
long-distance driving.
Scuff plates with illuminated BRABUS logo or the speedometer with 340-km/h dial (213 mph)
add individual highlights as do the distinctly sporty BRABUS interior accessories: They
include aluminum components such as pedal pads, door-lock pins and shifter, and highquality
clear-coated carbon-fiber inlays for dashboard and center console. BRABUS also
offers wood trim in any desired color and grain.
The four-door CLS coupe can also be equipped with a custom-tailored BRABUS multimedia

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