Stagnation means losing ground, and consequently the BRABUS engineers and designers are tirelessly at work developing new custom components for Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Following the sporty and elegant aerodynamic-enhancement program for the new C-Class models coming off the assembly lines in standard specification or with AVANTGARDE or EXCLUSIVE package, there are now also sporty and dynamic bodywork upgrades for vehicles that customers ordered ex-factory with AMG body styling. In addition, BRABUS (Brabus-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777 111, internet www.brabus.com) now also offers engine tuning for all current C 180 models. BRABUS Monoblock wheels with diameters of up to 20 inches, suspension options, sports exhaust systems, and exclusive interiors round out the product lineup.
Mercedes-Benz offers the new C-Class of model series W/S 205 in a variety of design and equipment lines. BRABUS already offers tailor-made bodywork components for the C-Class in standard specification and for the models of the AVANTGARDE and EXCLUSIVE lines. In addition, all model variants can also be ordered ex-factory with AMG Line body styling. To add further dynamics to the sporty lines of these bodywork components, the BRABUS design team has now also developed detachable components for this variant. They not only give the car an even sportier appearance, they also reduce negative lift on the front and rear axle at high speeds, and consequently are a factor in even further optimized handling stability. All components are manufactured in OEM quality from high-grade PUR plastics.
The markedly sportily styled BRABUS front spoiler attaches to the lower part of the AMG Line bumper. With its central spoiler blade and outer sections shaped like flaps the aerodynamic-enhancement component lends the vehicle an even more distinctive front.
Along the same lines, the rear of all sedans can be upgraded with the BRABUS rear spoiler. Yet another attractive BRABUS design component is the diffuser-look rear bumper insert that provides the perfect backdrop for the four chrome-plated tailpipes of the BRABUS sports exhaust system.
A crucial component of the thrilling BRABUS look is constituted by the BRABUS Monoblock wheels, which can be mounted on the C-Class in various designs and with diameters of 18, 19 or 20 inches. The largest safety-certified tire/wheel combination features BRABUS Monoblock F or R alloys of sizes 8.5Jx20 at the front and 9.5Jx20 on the rear axle. The perfect high-performance tires of sizes 225/35 ZR 20 and 255/30 ZR 20 are supplied by BRABUS technology partners Continental, Pirelli and YOKOHAMA.
The BRABUS sports suspensions, developed jointly with BILSTEIN, are calibrated specifically to the sporty low-profiles and offer a sporty yet comfortable ride. The same applies to the BRABUS sports springs, which lower the ride height of the C-Class by about 30 millimeters and are precision-tuned to work with the production shocks. For the C-Class models equipped ex-factory with AIRMATIC air suspension, BRABUS offers a control module to lower the vehicle’s ride height.
The world’s most extensive engine tuning program for Mercedes-Benz automobiles comes from BRABUS. While the performance kits for the diesel models are in the final stages of development, there are already tuning upgrades for the four-cylinder gasoline engines. Like all BRABUS components, the performance kits are backed by the one-of-a-kind BRABUS Tuning Warranty® of three years, up to 100,000 kilometers/62,000 miles (see BRABUS Warranty Terms and Conditions, updated July 2013). BRABUS recommends high-performance lubricants from MOTUL.
An extra 15 kW / 21 horsepower (20 bhp) for the C 180 are available under the label BRABUS PowerXtra B18.2. The plug-and-play module is adapted to the engine electronics, and boosts power output from 115 / 156 horsepower (154 bhp) to 130 kW / 177 horsepower (174 bhp). In conjunction with an increase in peak torque from 250 to 300 Nm (184 to 221 lb-ft), the sprint time from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) is shortened to 8.4 seconds while top speed jumps to 230 km/h (143 mph).
The BRABUS PowerXtra B20.2 performance kit can likewise be connected to the engine electronics of the gasoline-powered C 200 model in next to no time by any specialist workshop. Like all BRABUS PowerXtra performance kits, this tuning kit was designed to reliably prevent any negative effects on the engine’s longevity as the result of the performance increase. Consequently, the performance-enhancing mapping is only activated once all parameters such as engine temperature etc. are in the green arc. Of course the engine still meets strict EURO VI emissions standards even after the installation of the performance kit.
Equipped with the BRABUS PowerXtra B20.2 performance kit, the four-cylinder turbo engine pumps out an extra 30 kW / 41 horsepower (40 bhp) and delivers 30 Nm (22 lb-ft) more torque. A maximum power output of 165 kW / 225 horsepower (221 bhp) and a peak torque of 330 Nm (243 lb-ft) logically also effect the performance on the road: with BRABUS engine tuning the C 200 accelerates from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 7.0 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 242 km/h (150 mph).
Stainless-steel BRABUS quad sports exhaust systems, with or without engine tuning, are another factor in optimizing performance. What’s more: they also produce a sporty but never obtrusive exhaust note.
The BRABUS product range offers a host of refinement options for the interior of the new Mercedes C-Class as well: the lineup includes custom accessories such as aluminum pedals and high-quality velour floor mats with BRABUS logo, as well as particularly exclusive BRABUS fine leather interiors crafted from especially soft and breathable leather and Alcantara.