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Suzuki’s new Swift hatch and sedan in SA

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Brabus takes E63 AMG to 408kW

2009-12-01 08:36
Mercedes-Benz’s E63 AMG has been raking in the accolades in Europe, yet German tuning specialist Brabus thinks it could be a trifle keener. 

Probably the highlight of this weekend’s Essen motor show, the latest upgrade from Mercedes tuning specialist Brabus is called the B63 S and it adds that last 10% to the AMG package you just don’t get off the showroom floor. 

As usual with a German aftermarket tuning product, the styling trinkets are a tad odd, yet the mechanical upgrades are pure class. With its B63 S, Brabus has geared a conversion for the demanding enthusiasts whose inner hooligan is not quite satisfied by the storming performance of the stock E63 AMG. 

Considering the B63’s performance potential (Brabus claims a 320km/h top end) the utilitarian nature of the car’s styling upgrades are reassuring. The E63 front apron is binned for a new carbon-fibre Brabus item (allegedly wind tunnel certified) whilst around the rump there’s an aft diffuser balancing airflow. 

Front and rear spoilers add additional menace to the B63’s overtaking presence. 

The only part of B63’s styling kit that really clashes with the E63’s classic lines are those aluminium sport fenders with their generously proportioned lateral air ducts.

Rolling in the B63’s stylised wheelarches are the very latest homologated versions of the venerable Monoblock range. Customers can opt between 18-,19- or 20-inch Monoblock VI, E, Q or S designs, though we think you’d be rather silly to go for anything but the 20s.

The Monoblock mags are shod with either Pirelli or Yokohama high-performance tyres (no kidding) sized 245/30 up front and 295/25 at the rear. 

Obviously the B63’s party piece is the 6.2l AMG V8. Brabus decided the naturally aspirated acoustic signature of the big V8 simply had to remain untouched. Subsequently the extra power Brabus extracted (22kW) is courtesy of relatively mellow upgrades – a reprogrammed ECU, dual sport air filters, and high-flow catalytic converters. 

Tally the numbers and the B63 S broaches the 400kW supercar power output barrier with a neat 408kW, accompanied by 650Nm of peak rotational force. 

Admittedly it’s not a huge improvement over the standard E63’s 386kW, yet it does allow the potential B63 owner to indulge in 400kW bragging rights, which is, in a curiously inexplicable way, the entire point of the exercise…


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