Brabus upgrades the 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 24, 2011

Just in time for the upcoming winter season, Brabus has prepared a modification package for the all-wheel-drive Mercedes-Benz CL and S500 models. Aside from the custom exterior package, the power is boosted and the standard speed limiter is removed. Brabus will unveil these two cars at the Essen Motor Show, comparable to the SEMA of Germany.

The 435-hp, 4.7-liter V8 is used as standard on the CL and the S500. Furthermore, the Brabus B50-490 engine tuning makes use of the PowerXtra module, which remaps the ignition and the electronic boost-pressure control. Its output has been increased to 490 hp while its peak torque rises to 575 lb-ft.

These features are also present on the B50-520 package but the output is 520 hp and 604 lb-ft of torque. Upon integration with the B50-520 kit, the Brabus Vmax unit could reach a speed of 186 mph after the speed limiter that sets the speed at 155 mph is removed. This means that a Brabus speedometer with a 220-mph dial would have to be installed.

To offer an improved sound, Brabus added a stainless-steel exhaust system with a butterfly valve and quad tailpipes with a sportier exhaust note. When it comes to aerodynamic improvements, Brabus created a kit for the non-AMG 2011 Mercedes CL-class. It features a front spoiler designed in the wind tunnel, stylized air vents in the new side skirts, a new rear fascia and a spoiler.

Customers may ask for custom wheels between 18 inches and 22 inches that are covered with Continental, Pirelli or Yokohama snow tires. The car drops by an inch with the use of a lowering module for the standard suspension. In addition, high-performance, six-piston brakes are attached to cross-drilled rotors that measure 16 inches in front and 15 inches in back.

The outside of the Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is dominated by the tight hood profile, the curving headlamps and the V-shaped radiator grille, all of which highlight the car’s powerful and elegant lines.

The front bumper has three air intakes that are bound by a chrome trim strip. The daytime running lights are composed of an LED strip that is similarly accented with chrome. These lights are integrated into the side openings that provide the car with cooling air for the brakes.

It comes with bi-xenon headlamps that are standard in all models and that have active curve illumination as well as adaptive highbeam assist. LED position marker lamps and turn indicators complete the car’s advanced front look while the rear has redesigned tail lamps.

V8 bi-turbo engine

New Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is also a pioneer when it comes to the drivetrain. You have the CL550 4MATIC engine under the hood, which is a new V8 biturbo engine that features BlueDIRECT technology. The engine gives you impressive power with its 4663 cc displacement and 429 hp output. In fact the engine is 12% more powerful than the previous model that had a max output of 382 hp.

CL-Class also has increased torque, now at 516 lb-ft from the previous torque of only 391 lb-ft, representing a 32 percent rise. Overall, the engine is around 10 to 15% more fuel efficient and emits 23% less carbon dioxide. CL550 4MATIC only needs 4.9 seconds to go 0 to 60 mph. What all of these mean is that the CL550 4MATIC has much more torque and is thriftier and more agile than the previous models.

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