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2010-04-08 08:53
The German aftermarket tuning industry is full of inexplicable performance engineering solutions to problems which, for all intents and purposes, do not exist.

Brabus modifying Merc BlueEfficiency models is one of them.

We like Brabus. AMG’s arch enemy adds to the Mercedes-Benz high performance landscape with some outstandingly well resolved engineering upgrades for the three-pointed star’s quickest cars.

Why then, has Brabus bothered tuning Merc’s pseudo-environmental BlueEfficiency models? It makes simply no sense.

Solving a problem which does not exist

If your environmental sensibilities are decidedly green, yet you’re always late for appointments and need to hurry, Brabus has a new range of three Eco PowerXtra CGI Performance Kits available for Mercedes-Benz products with CGI engines.

These engine upgrades centre primarily on a simple reprogramming of the ECU module and Brabus promises lowered fuel consumption, despite an increase in engine output…

Small advances?

The entry-level Eco PowerXtra kit applies to Merc’s 1.8l forced-induction engine. In either C or E 200 CGI BlueEfficiency trim, the Brabus kit will boost power by 19 units to 154kW, whilst bumping up peak rotational force from 270- to 300Nm.

Mid range 250 CGI BlueEfficiency models benefit to the tune of 19kW too, boosting power to 169kW, with 40Nm added on the rotational force side of the equation – levelling off peak torque output at 350Nm.

The range topping CGI 350 only adds 18kW of power courtesy of its Eco PowerXtra CGI Performance Kit, boosting the V6’s output to 229kW.

Its party piece is a disabling of the 250km/h governor, ushering in a 267km/h top speed, which obviously makes an awful lot of sense considering its BlueEfficiency billing.

All things considered the issue at hand remains. If Brabus increases power and the allure of using these newfangled torque and power numbers, how does that gel with the BlueEfficiency design ethos?


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