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2009-05-22 09:51
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Brabus
Model E-Class
Engine 6.1l V8
Power 340kW
Torque 615Nm
Zero To Hundred 4.7 sec
Top Speed 315km/h
Such a pity Mercedes-Benz is not going to produce the new E-Class coupe in AMG trim. Brabus has fashioned a worthy substitute though.

Germany’s foremost Mercedes-Benz tuner could simply not fathom a world without a high-performance derivative of the CLK, which has always featured range topping AMG V8 power, from way back in the mid 1990s.

Dwindling general demand, and rationalisation of engine line-ups, forced Mercedes-Benz to can the AMG E-Class coupe project, disappointing many.

Brabus performance solutions for the new E-Class include more powerful engines, subtle styling refinements and a dynamic ride and handling kit.

Underwhelming bodykit

Mercedes-Benz designers have done an outstanding design job of the new E-Class coupe, and Brabus, for once, has not made a mess of the elegant design with all manner of over elaborate body Tupperware.

A neatly integrated front spoiler with LED daytime running lights reduces lift on the front axle, while aluminium front quarter panels, embellished with carbon-fibre inserts, add contrast.

Viewed from the rear things are very understated, the Brabus apron, with its generous cut-outs for the quad-exhausts, is the only notable change, with not even a slight boot spoiler added.

Bodykit very mellow for something from Brabus, neat though. Our only issue is the silly centre lower fascia bumper reflector at the back.

Proper V8 power

As subtle as the styling changes are, there is some authentic V8 performance on offer from Brabus, rendering output figures as close to what an E-Class coupe AMG would have delivered as you're about to get.

The range topping 5.5l V8 (ironically a similar displacement as the original CLK AMG debuted with) is stoked to 6.1 by Brabus thanks to a new, billet crankshaft and pistons.

With both cylinder heads polished and ported, ECU unit recalibrated and a custom stainless steel exhaust system partnered with high-flow catalytic converters, the Brabus 6.1 V8 produces 340kW.

Rotational force peaks at 615Nm, and Brabus claims the increases in power and torque, coupled with grippy 265/25 ZR Yokohamas on the rear axle, are good for a 0-100km/h sprint in only 4.7 seconds. Autobahn top end potential factors to 315km/h, according to Brabus.

Compression ignition E-Class coupe owners with a zen for speed are not left out of the fold, with Brabus offering performance upgrades of both the E 250 CDI and E 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY.

With the D4 ECO PowerXtra kit installed, E 250 CDI power increases from 150Kw to 173kW, and rotational force boosts to 560Nm.

The E 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY equipped with the PowerXtra D6 module produces figures of 200 kW and 590 Nm from the V6 diesel.

With the increase in performance, these Brabus fettled E-Class coupes roll along on Monoblock wheels in sized from 17- to 20-inches, held in place with lowering springs and a height adjustable coil-over suspension kit to ensure sharper handling dynamics.

A high performance brake system rounds off the dynamic nature of this newfangled E-Class tuning package. Six-piston aluminium fixed callipers actuate 360mm ventilated and cross-drilled discs on the front axle, with the aft axle stopping via four-piston aluminium fixed callipers.

Brabus is renowned for the quality of its in-house leather fabrication department’s expertise and customers can option an ergonomically shaped Brabus steering wheel, augmented by a practically infinite range of leather embellishments of applicable to the E-Class cabin.


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