2011 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Brabus showcases its versions of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS diesel models.
- The Mercedes-Benz CLS 250 CDI and CLS 350 CDI receive exterior, interior and performance modifications from Brabus.
- Upgrades include the Brabus Eco PowerXtra D4 Package, LED daylight running lights and various wheel options.
Brabus tailored its Eco PowerXtra D4 performance package for the CLS 250 CDI BlueEfficiency. The tuner promises an increase of 31 horsepower with this kit, with torque rising to 413 pound-feet.
A similar kit is available for the CLS 350, which can be operated in either Eco mode or Sport mode; the latter mode increases output from 265 to 313 hp. Brabus claims it sprints to 62 mph in 5.9 seconds in Sport mode, while Eco mode offers torque gains as well as increased fuel efficiency.
The performance kits can be installed by any authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer or Brabus partner in less than 45 minutes. Even with the tuning kit, both cars will still be electronically limited to 155 mph.
Quad sport exhaust systems are also available for those drivers looking for a deeper exhaust note from their CLS. Brabus sport springs offer a 1.2-inch drop. An additional 1.4-inch drop is possible using the Brabus suspension module on cars equipped with the semi-active Airmatic suspension system.
For increased style and aerodynamic efficiency, Brabus adds its own sill skirts, rear apron, sport fenders, rear spoiler and front spoiler, as well as LED daytime running lights. Several different wheel options are available, including the 20-inch Brabus Monobloc F wheel.
Brabus has an assortment of upgrades for the interior that include custom leather wrapping and an ergonomically shaped steering wheel. Other extras are carbon-fiber inlays for the center console and dash as well as a Brabus multimedia package.
Edmunds.com says: Brabus offers luxury, style and a touch of speed with its take on the Mercedes-Benz CLS diesels. — Nick Lysaght, Correspondent