The list of modifications available from the venerable Benz tuner include an aero kit to give the van a sleeker look while reducing front-end lift, a full complement of 18- and 19-inch wheel options, a retuned suspension, engine enhancements, exhaust upgrade, and a fully refitted interior.
The first-class cabin on this show vehicle has been reupholstered in leather and Alcantara, offset by wood and carbon-fiber trim, and a complete entertainment system. It includes a pair of 15.6-inch LCD screens that drop from the headliner and WiFi. Finally, there's a touchpad integrated into the interior C-pillars to operate the system as well as the lamps, heated seats, power windows and curtains, and the sliding doors.
Accommodation is clearly the emphasis here. But Brabus being Brabus, it has also optimized the BlueTec four-cylinder turbo diesel engine to produce 44 more horsepower and 52 pound-feet more torque. With output now up to 232 hp and 376 lb-ft, the van will reach 62 miles per hour from a standstill in 8.8 seconds and top out at 130 mph – and look that much slicker in the process.
BRABUS Exclusive Program for the new Mercedes V-Class
The new Mercedes V-Class as a sporty-elegant jack-of-all-trades: in a world premiere, BRABUS (Brabus-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777 111, internet www.brabus.com) presents the exclusive refinement program for the new Mercedes V-Class. BRABUS upgrades the people mover with powerful engine tuning, an exclusive appearance package, tailor-made wheels and an individual entertainment concept.
A sporty-elegant design is the trademark of the BRABUS aerodynamic-enhancement kit for the new Mercedes V-Class and Vito. All components are manufactured from PUR in OEM quality, giving them a precise fit and making them easy to paint.
To give the vehicle an even more distinctive face, the BRABUS designers have developed attachments for the side air intakes, which can be complemented with auxiliary LED side markers, and a front spoiler that attaches to the lower section of the bumper. The sophisticated shape of this aerodynamic-enhancement component reduces lift on the front axle at high speeds, further optimizing handling stability.
A three-piece fairing was developed for the rear bumper. Its two side pieces provide the perfect backdrop for the four tailpipes of the BRABUS sports exhaust system. In concert with the center piece with diffusor design they lend the Mercedes a markedly sporty rear appearance.
Tailor-made BRABUS Monoblock alloys play a major role in the elegant looks of the refined minivan. The come in four different designs and with diameters of 18 and 19 inches. The largest independently safety-certified version features size 8.5Jx19 wheels, available as BRABUS Monoblock F cross-spoke wheels or in the BRABUS Monoblock R styling with five dimensionally offset pairs of double spokes. The optimal high-performance tires up to size 255/40 ZR 19 are supplied by technology partners Continental, Pirelli and YOKOHAMA.
To improve active safety of the new multi-purpose vehicle further without compromising the ride quality, the BRABUS suspension engineers developed special sports springs calibrated to the production shocks. They lower the ride height of the V-Class by about 15 to 25 millimeters (.6 to 1 inch) depending on the model.
This makes the Mercedes also ready for more power. In a first step, the BRABUS engine specialists developed the PowerXtra D4 performance kit for the Mercedes V 250 BlueTEC. The plug-and-play module boosts power output of the four-cylinder common-rail turbodiesel engine by 33 kW / 45 hp (44 bhp) and bumps torque by 70 Nm (52 lb-ft).
A peak torque of 510 Nm (376 lb-ft) between 1,400 and 2,400 rpm offers superior pulling power that enables the people mover to effortlessly master any traffic situation. Peak power increases from standard 140 kW / 190 hp auf 173 kW / 235 hp (188 to 232 bhp). The minivan accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 8.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph).
Nonetheless, thanks to the increased pulling power fuel consumption remains on the level of the production vehicle. It goes without saying that the BRABUS-tuned V 250 BlueTEC continues to comply with the strict EURO VI emissions standards.
In addition, BRABUS offers a stainless-steel sports rear muffler for all engine variants of the new Mercedes V-Class with two chrome-plated tailpipes on either side.
The company upholstery shop can craft exclusive BRABUS fine leather appointments for the spacious interior of the people mover that are custom-tailored to the customers' individual requests. To this end, they combine Alcantara and especially soft and breathable BRABUS Mastik leather in any conceivable color with refined precious wood or genuine carbon-fiber elements.
In addition, the BRABUS product lineup for the new V-Class includes aluminum door-lock pins and pedal pads as well as scuff plates with backlit BRABUS logo, whose color alternates between red and white.
BRABUS also presents a first expansion stage of the BRABUS business/entertainment system for the new Mercedes V-Class in the show car for the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. It consists of two 15.6-inch LCD screens, which are stylishly integrated into the headliner and display the image from Apple TV, Blu-Ray player or DVBT receiver in the interior. For perfect sound reproduction without disturbing other passengers, the system features Sennheiser wireless headphones.
Internet via WLAN router and 4G connection is available in the entire interior and can be connected with a smartphone or tablet computer.
A BRABUS touch pad is stylishly integrated into the C-pillars on either side in the rear. They can be used to open and close the BRABUS power curtains, operate the sliding door or control the screens, reading lamps and the seat heating.
The BRABUS website at www.brabus.com presents a configurator that lets users configure their desired refinement features for the new Mercedes V-Class in virtual form with a few simple clicks of the mouse.