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).