BRABUS 650 based on 2016 Mercedes-AMG C63 S

Article by Christian A., on March 3, 2016

BRABUS has launched the BRABUS 650 at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. This latest offering uses the twin-turbocharged eight-cylinder engine of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S as a basis but increases the power to 478 kW / 650 HP (641 bhp) while torque is upped to 820 Nm (604 lb-ft).

This four-door compact sedan can go from 0 to km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds with maximum speed of 320 km/h (200 mph). Indeed, the new offering from BRABUS is certainly not for the meek. The bodywork has carbon components and the customized 20-inch wheels plus the fine leather interior with its sporty design just add to the thrill.

Compared to the Mercedes C 63 S, the power inside the BRABUS PowerXtra B40S – 650 is higher by 103 kW / 140 HP (138 bhp). This upgrade does indeed turn the C 63 S Sedan into something outstanding. This tuning is also made available for the C 63 S Wagon.

With a BRABUS Tuning Warranty that is good for three years or around 100,000 kilometers (62,000 miles), high quality of the workmanship and engineering is ensured. To know more, read the BRABUS Warranty Terms and Conditions that has been updated as of July 2013.

Exterior Design

BRABUS offers a choice of a mirror-polish or matte sealed surface. Both options have been tuned even further in the wind tunnel. The BRABUS front spoiler can fit well on its front bumper whether on a sedan or a wagon.

The way it is designed is that it minimizes the lift experienced on the front axle during high speeds and thus optimizes its handling stability. It works well with the spoiler as the BRABUS carbon that surrounds its side air intake placed on the front bumper gives this C-Class vehicle a unique front.

The front fenders have carbon attachments to further highlight the sporty appearance of the C 63. It is not only the front as BRABUS is also offering an aerodynamic upgrade for the C 63 Sedan’s rear. The carbon rear spoiler works well with the carbon diffuser to lower the lift on its rear axle.

The rear bumper insert gives the perfect setting of the two dual tailpipes of its sport exhaust. There are also naked carbon covers for its two exterior mirrors which give the sedan and wagon its sporty upgrade.

Though the C 63 S already has the looks and handling, these can be refined even further with BRABUS’s own 20-inch wheels and sports suspension. BRABUS will be presenting this sedan in two different wheel designs during the 2016 Geneva Motor show.

The size of the wheel on the front axle is 8.5Jx20 while the one on the rear axle in 9.5Jx20. The most current member of the BRABUS wheel family is the Monoblock T with inlaid carbon and five spokes. Considered to be an evolution of the traditional cross-spoke design, the Monoblock F wheels are available as another of its exclusive option.

The wheels will come with any of the Continental, Pirelli or YOKOHAMA, high-performance tires. The front is sized 255/30 ZR 20 while the ones on the rear axle are sized 275/30 ZR 20. Suspension engineers and even test drivers at BRABUS, in partnership with BILSTEIN, made a height-adjustable coilover suspension for the C 63 S.

This gave the C 63 S more agility in addition to making it safer. The company offers one of ten settings on the compression rates and rebound rates of its gas-pressure shocks found at the front axle and the rear axle.

Interior Design

Its very own upholstery shop puts BRABUS fine leather interior on the cockpit making it even more exclusive. Since this sedan also has a sporty character, BRABUS covered parts of the interior with black Alcantara that had special anti-slip properties.

These included the door center panels, part of its steering wheel rim, dashboard, and contact surfaces of its sports seats. All the other parts of the interior have black leather that went well with decorative bright yellow leather parts.

Giving it a sporty ambience are the BRABUS carbon elements that are sealed with a high-gloss piano lacquer on the center console, door panels, and instrument panel. The same treatment is given to the door-lock pins and aluminum pedals.


To make sure that the performance of the engine is not compromised, it is recommended that high-performance MOTUL lubricants are used. One of the ways to tune a 4.0-liter (244 cu in) turbocharged eight-cylinder engine in the C-Class is to increase in the pressure.

As such, power unit engineers at BRABUS created special turbochargers that had a larger compressor unit with a special core assembly with the reinforced axial bearings. Another important part in the upgrade is the electronic boost pressure control which is regulated with the BRABUS control unit and the new datasets.

This control unit is also what controls the ignition and injection. The tuning results in increased output from the usual 375 kW / 510 HP (503 bhp) up to as high as 478 kW / 650 HP (641 bhp) even at 5,800 rpm. The maximum torque meanwhile is increased from 700 to 820 Nm (516 to 604 lb-ft), which can be accessed from 1,750 rpm and 4,500 rpm.

The eight-cylinder engine is paired with the seven-speed sports automatic transmission but can be shifted manually through the aluminum BRABUS RACE paddle shifters located on the steering wheel. It can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds.

The wagon version, being heavier, takes a tenth of a second longer to go from 0 to 100 km/h. With the BRABUS Vmax unit, top speed can limited to 300 km/h (186 mph) or 320 km/h (200 mph). The company will also have a matching speedometer that has a 340-km/h (211-mph) scale.

Improving driving fun is the option to have the BRABUS stop/start memory module. What it does is that it saves the last setting selected by the driver on the start/stop system and makes sure to keep it operational even after the driving mode has been switched or the engine restarted.

BRABUS also reveals that it is also offering a stainless-steel exhaust with controlled butterfly valves. This is available whether or not the engine is tuned and thus gives the C 63 S better sound and look. In the cockpit, there is an electronic sound management control where the driver can choose the “Coming Home” option or the sporty exhaust note and its open butterfly valves.

Press Release

The new compact BRABUS high-performance sedan

The new compact BRABUS high-performance sedan or a full-blooded wolf in sheep’s clothing. A new powerhouse from BRABUS celebrates its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show 2016.

A performance upgrade boosts the rated output of the eight-cylinder twin-turbo engine of the Mercedes C 63 S to 478 kW / 650 HP (641 bhp) and bumps peak torque up to 820 Nm (604 lb-ft). The tuned four-door car sprints from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 320 km/h (200 mph). Carbon components for the bodywork, tailor-made 20-inch wheels and a BRABUS fine leather interior with markedly sporty design add further thrilling highlights.

A whopping 103 kW / 140 HP (138 bhp) of extra power for the Mercedes C 63 S: The new BRABUS PowerXtra B40S – 650 performance upgrade turns the Mercedes C 63 S into a compact high-performance sedan par excellence! The tuning is naturally also available for the C 63 S Wagon. The BRABUS Tuning Warranty® for three years or 100,000 kilometers / 62,000 miles documents the high quality of the engineering and workmanship (see BRABUS Warranty Terms and Conditions, updated July 2013). BRABUS recommends MOTUL high-performance lubricants.

One of the key features of the engine tuning for a turbocharged engine such as the 4.0-liter (244 cu in) eight-cylinder in the C-Class is more boost pressure. The BRABUS power unit engineers therefore developed special turbochargers with larger compressor unit and a special core assembly with reinforced axial bearings.

A BRABUS control unit with new datasets governs the electronic boost pressure control as well as injection and ignition, which is also a crucial factor in the performance upgrade. With PowerXtra B40S – 650 tuning, the rated output increases from standard 375 kW / 510 HP (503 bhp) to 478 kW / 650 HP (641 bhp) at a low 5,800 rpm. Simultaneously, peak torque grows from 700 to 820 Nm (516 to 604 lb-ft), available constantly on a plateau between 1,750 and 4,500 rpm.

The uprated eight-cylinder engine harmonizes perfectly with the seven-speed sports transmission of the C 63 S, which can also be shifted manually with the BRABUS RACE aluminum paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The sedan equipped with BRABUS PowerXtra B40S – 650 performance kit accelerates from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.7 seconds. The slightly heavier wagon with identical engine tuning takes just a tenth of a second longer for the same exercise. The BRABUS Vmax unit, which is part of the engine conversion, allows limiting the top speed to 300 or 320 km/h (186 or 200 mph). BRABUS offers the matching speedometer with 340-km/h (211-mph) scale.

The BRABUS stop/start memory module is yet another option to enhance the driving fun. It stores the last selected setting of the standard start/stop system and keeps it active even after an engine restart or after switching driving modes.

BRABUS offers a fully stainless-steel exhaust with actively controlled butterfly valves for the V8 with or without engine tuning to make the C 63 S even more exciting acoustically and visually. It offers an electronic sound management controlled from the cockpit. At the touch of a button, drivers can choose between a subtle “Coming Home” mode and an extremely sporty exhaust note with open butterfly valves.

The BRABUS naked carbon bodywork components deliver an optimal blend of aerodynamic efficiency and sporty looks. They come with a choice of matte or mirror-polished sealed surface and were fine-tuned in the wind tunnel. The BRABUS front spoiler fits the front bumper of sedan and wagon. It is designed to minimize lift on the front axle at high speeds and thereby further optimizes handling stability. In concert with the spoiler, the BRABUS carbon surrounds for the side air intakes in the front bumper lend the top-of-the-line C-Class an even more distinctive front. Carbon attachments on both front fenders emphasize the sporty-elegant appearance of the C 63 even more.

BRABUS also developed an aerodynamic upgrade for the rear of the C 63 Sedan. In concert with the diffuser made from the same material, the carbon rear spoiler reduces lift on the rear axle. In addition, the rear bumper insert also provides the perfect backdrop for the two dual tailpipes of the BRABUS sport exhaust. The naked carbon covers for the two exterior mirrors represent another sporty upgrade for sedan and wagon.

In addition, the looks and handling of the C 63 S can be refined with tailor-made BRABUS 20-inch wheels and a sports suspension. The sedan is presented at the Geneva Motor Show with two different BRABUS wheel designs in sizes 8.5Jx20 on the front axle and 9.5Jx20 at the rear. The latest member of the BRABUS wheel family is the Monoblock T styling with five spokes with inlaid carbon-look elements. BRABUS Monoblock F wheels representing an evolution of the classic cross-spoke design are available as another exclusive option. All wheel variants are mounted with high-performance tires from technology partners Continental, Pirelli or YOKOHAMA of sizes 255/30 ZR 20 at the front and up to 275/30 ZR 20 on the rear axle.

Together with technology partner BILSTEIN, the BRABUS suspension engineers and test drivers developed a specially tuned height-adjustable coilover suspension to make the handling of the C 63 S even more agile and even safer. The rebound and compression rates of the gas-pressure shocks at the front and rear axle can be dialed to one of ten settings.

The company upholstery shop adds equally exclusive and sporty highlights in the cockpit with an exquisite BRABUS fine leather interior. To match the decidedly sporty character of the compact high-performance sedan, the contact surfaces of the sport seats, parts of the steering wheel rim, the dashboard and the door center panels were covered with black Alcantara with special anti-slip properties. The rest of the interior is dominated by black leather, which was refined with decorative bright yellow leather elements.

Exclusive BRABUS carbon elements sealed with high-gloss piano lacquer on the instrument panel, center console and door panels as well as aluminum pedals and door-lock pins emphasize the sporty ambience of the tuned four-door car even more.

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