2011 Geneva Motor Show Preview: 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS by Brabus

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 24, 2011

BRABUS has unveiled its exclusive tuning program for the second generation Mercedes CLS-Class, which will make its world debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Brabus gave the four-door coupe a sporty-elegant feel with its wind tunnel tested kit.

Its features include a front spoiler mounted to the OE front bumper, restyled air vent inserts with fitted LED daytime running, sport fenders with side gills, side skirts, rear spoiler and a custom fitted lower rear bumper apron to accommodate the four tailpipes of the BRABUS sport exhaust system.

BRABUS had also put a centrally mounted reflector at the rear. Suspension tuning is offered in several levels from a simple ride-height lowering by about 30 millimeters through sport springs or from a complete suspension upgrade with adjustable dampers all around.

With the BRABUS suspension module, CLS models fitted with the semi-active AIRMATIC air suspension system can be lowered by some 35 millimeters (1.4 in.). BRABUS Monoblock wheels, which have sizes that range from 8.5Jx17 to 10.5Jx20, are available as one-piece and three piece wheels in six different designs. In these early stages, performance tuning is a bit sedated.

When equipped with the BRABUS ECO PowerXtra D4 performance kit, the CLS 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY model generates an additional 31 PS (31 bhp / 22.8 kW) and peak torque of 560 Nm (413 lb-ft). In less than 45 minutes, BRABUS can install the ECO PowerXtra D6S plug-and-play auxiliary control unit on the CLS 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY. When in 'Eco' mode, only peak torque is raised from 620 Nm to 690 Nm (457 to 509 lb-ft) between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm.

Maximum power output is unchanged. Both peak torque and power output are increased in 'Sport' mode. Maximum power output surges from 265 PS (261 bhp / 195 kW) to 313 PS (309 bhp / 230 kW) at a low 3,600 rpm. In this setting, the tuned turbodiesel model accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in only 5.9 seconds. Top speed is limited electronically to 250 km/h (155 mph).

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Brabus Mercedes-Benz CLS

The second Mercedes-Benz CLS generation has arrived and in a world debut Brabus presents an exclusive tuning program for the new four-door coupe at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

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 high-quality clear-coated carbon-fiber inlays for dashboard and center console. Brabus also offers wood trim in any desired color and grain.

The four-door Brabus Mercedes-Benz CLS coupe can also be equipped with a custom-tailored Brabus multimedia package.

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