The tuning specialists from Brabus have gotten their hands on a Mercedes S350 BlueTEC and made it the first tuned car in the world to meet the new EURO VI exhaust emission standard. The car received an ECO PowerXtra D6S performance kit, boosting its power to 313 hp (higher by 54 hp compared to the regular version) and a peak torque of 690 Nm.
With this tuning kit, the car can accelerate from zero to sixty in 6.5 seconds and reach a top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).
What’s unusual is that Brabus isn’t bragging about the car’s power levels. Instead, the tuner is boasting that it is the first to offer a Euro 6-compliant tuned vehicle.
The new standards will actually not take effect until 2014 in Europe. The S350’s fuel-efficiency is so high that it could actually comply with an imaginary Euro 7 standard.
The car’s engine has been modified to emit 30% less harmful gases than the standard (170 mg/km). Brabus said that the Mercedes S 350 BlueTEC is one of the first diesel-powered cars on the market that meets the EURO VI emission standard.
What makes Brabus different from other tuners is that it has its own engine development department equipped with state-of-the-art test-bench technology and emission laboratory.
It was 1986 when BRABUS unveiled the first tuned car featuring a catalytic converter, a Mercedes 190 E with AB1 tuning kit. Just a year after, BRABUS converted its entire engine range to eco-friendly emission control using catalysts.
Since then, BRABUS has been injecting more and more money to develop high-performance metal catalysts. Its efforts paid off in 1999 when it unveiled the BRABUS 5.8 high-capacity engine derived from the Mercedes 500.294.
Interestingly, this 400 hp (394 bhp)/294 kW V8 engine was already meeting the Euro IV emission standard which became effective only in 2005. In fact, emission testing showed that the engine surpassed the new standard’s permissible emissions by up to 56 percent.
This means the Mercedes CL 500 powered by this engine could be classified in California as an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV). In 2001, BRABUS unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show the BRABUS E V8 CDI, which is derived from the Mercedes-Benz E-Class of the time.
Back then, the BRABUS E V8 CDI was the only diesel car featuring a diesel particulate filter as well as De-NOx catalysts. Moreover, it was the first diesel engine to clear Euro IV emission tests. Furthermore, the E V8 CDI was considered at the time as the most powerful diesel car available.
On the other hand, the BRABUS ECO PowerXtra D6 BLUE power kit for the Mercedes E 300 BLUETEC launched BRABUS into being known as the first tuner to comply with stringent EURO V exhaust emission standards that will take effect in 2011. In fact, emission tests showed that BRABUS-tuned engines were below permissible limits by up to 65 percent.