400HP, 4.1s 2015 BRABUS Mercedes-Benz GLA Hunkers Low on 21s + Aero Kit

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The strangest part of the GLA-Class and other small crossovers lately is how low they actually are. Is it an SUV? The OEM plastic shields on the fenders say yes, but the mind is not so sure.

It has taken 20 years then for the world to catch up to the classic Subaru Legacy —> Outback conversion. Taller springs, chunkier rubber and an Eddie Bauer package outside is all you need to sell thousands of cars a year!

Just kidding. (JK BFR = just kidding, but for real.)

How to stay ahead of trends and planted in corners with these taller models? Like all vehicles, giant wheels and lowering springs dramatically up the visual and dynamic appeal of any crossover. The GLA is no different in this regard. Once lowered 1-inch and on these giant monoblock 21-inch wheels, the BRABUS GLA is seriously convincing as a performance car.

Even a hot wagon, one might say. Certainly one that hits 62-mph in 4.4-seconds. With launch control to 60-mph, you are looking at 4.1-seconds. In a crossover.

The top GLA45 AMG and the GLA220 CDI are the initial benefactors of the Brabus plug and play ECU kit, which adds 30-plus horsepower in under 30 minutes — without ever lifting the hood.2015 BRABUS Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 23

The exterior overhaul is expressive and will help even the lowest-priced GLA250 sold in the US market to look worth double its $34,000 base price.

All of these parts are available individually as well as a custom set.

For the world’s coolest car fans — nothing else comes close to an ultra-low and ultra-fast wagon or crossover shape!

Evidence? Just look at our daily driver… a Subaru Legacy GT!

One note to Brabus though – from an fast wagon junky?

Where are the tinted windows on this GLA? It looks so much better with this cheap addition…

 BRABUS GLA Before and After Window Tinting to 20%

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2005 Subaru Legacy GT vs 2014 Subaru Outback

The Case for a 2016 Legacy GT 21 The Case for a 2016 Legacy GT 24 The Case for a 2016 Legacy GT 1 IMG_0932 subaru legacy GT - hood and fenders dynamat +_8245683910_l

2015 BRABUS Mercedes-Benz GLA

 

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NEWS RELEASE

BRABUS refines the AMG sports versions of the Mercedes GLA-Class:
Engine tuning with up to 294 kW / 400 horsepower, 21-inch wheels, aerodynamic enhancement

The Mercedes GLA-Class not only shines as the smallest SUV from the brand, but in the sports
version and especially as the GLA 45 sets some markedly dynamic highlights. To further expand on
these talents, BRABUS has developed a tailor-made refinement program for the
five-door car.

The product range includes engine tuning for the various diesel- and gasoline-powered models
culminating in the 294-kW / 400-horsepower version for the GLA 45, aerodynamic-enhancement
components, and tailor-made BRABUS Monoblock wheels with diameters of up to 21 inches that give the
crossover vehicle an even more athletic appearance.

BRABUS offers the world’s most extensive engine tuning program for Mercedes-Benz automobiles. The
product lineup naturally also includes performance kits for the various GLA engines that deliver an
optimal symbiosis of power, refinement, flawless durability and exemplary eco-friendliness. The
high quality of the products developed by BRABUS is documented by the one-of-a-kind BRABUS Tuning
Warranty® of three years, up to 100,000 kilometers / 62,000 miles (see BRABUS Warranty Terms and
Conditions, updated July 2013). BRABUS recommends MOTUL high-performance lubricants.2015 BRABUS Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 33 2015 BRABUS Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 30 2015 BRABUS Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 32 2015 BRABUS Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 31 2015 BRABUS Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 29 2015 BRABUS Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 28 2015 BRABUS Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 27 2015 BRABUS Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 26 2015 BRABUS Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 25 2015 BRABUS Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 23 2015 BRABUS Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class 22

BRABUS offers the PowerXtra B25 performance kit for the four-cylinder turbocharged engine of the
GLA 250 with front- or all-wheel drive. The plug-and-play module is integrated into the engine
electronics. The new parameters for the engine management system and boost pressure control bumps
the power output from standard 155 kW / 211 horsepower to 180 kW / 245 horsepower (208 to 241 bhp).
At the same time, peak torque jumps from 350 to 385 Nm (258 to 284 lb-ft). This results in
noticeably improved driving dynamics and driving fun. The sprint time from rest to 100 km/h (62
mph) is shortened to 6.7 seconds, the top speed increases to 250 km/h (155 mph).

The array of engine tuning for the compact SUV is crowned by the BRABUS PowerXtra CGI B45 tuning
kit for the GLA 45. After the conversion, the top-of-the-line GLA model churns out 294 kW / 400
horsepower (394 bhp) and produces a peak torque of 500 Nm (369 lb-ft). With this engine under the
hood, the all-wheel-drive car sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.4 seconds. In
conjunction with the BRABUS V/max unit, the power-SUV reaches a top speed of 270 km/h (168 mph).

BRABUS ECO PowerXtra D3 is the name of particularly efficient performance tuning for the
common-rail turbodiesel engine of the Mercedes GLA 220 CDI. The installation of this plug-and-play
auxiliary control unit delivers an extra 30 kW / 40 horsepower (40 bhp). Propelled by 155 kW / 210
horsepower (208 bhp) and a peak torque of 410 Nm (302 lb-ft), the agile diesel model sprints from 0
– 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 8.0 seconds and reaches a new top speed of 220 km/h (137 mph).

The BRABUS sports stainless-steel quad exhaust is available for almost all GLA gasoline and diesel
engines. The exhaust system produces a sportier but never obtrusive exhaust note. A BRABUS sports
exhaust with actively controlled butterfly valve is optionally available for the GLA 250 4MATIC. It
offers the driver an individual sound tuning between subtle and decidedly sporty at the push of a
button in the cockpit.

A diffusor insert for the rear bumper of the sporty GLA models with AMG body styling matches the
BRABUS sports exhaust system and features tailor-made cutouts for the four chrome tailpipes with
hallmark design. The front of the AMG Line version can be upgraded with a BRABUS front spoiler and
design elements for the air intakes in the front bumper. It goes without saying that the BRABUS
product lineup also features body styling components for the other design and equipment lines of
the Mercedes GLA-Class.

The BRABUS engineers and technicians have developed LED underfloor lighting for all versions to
make getting in and out easier and safer in the dark. It is activated with the keyless remote or by
pulling on a door handle. The BRABUS rear spoiler, which mounts to the liftgate, can likewise be
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BRABUS alloy wheels in OEM quality play a crucial role in the exclusive looks of the GLA refined by
BRABUS. The spectrum of tailor-made tire/wheel combinations ranges in diameter from 18 to 21 inches.

The largest option for the compact SUV features forged BRABUS 9Jx21 “Platinum Edition” wheels in
the two striking Monoblock F and R designs. BRABUS technology partners Continental, Pirelli and
YOKOHAMA supply the matching high-performance tires up to size 255/30 R 21 front and back.

BRABUS sports springs lower the ride height of the GLA by about 25 millimeters (1 inch). The lower
center of gravity results in even sportier handling. Customers looking for a lifted suspension in
the interest of more comfortable ingress and egress as well as further optimized visibility will
find a suspension solution specifically designed for them that raises the ride height of the GLA by
about 30 millimeters (1.2 in.).

BRABUS also fulfills all kinds of individual requests when it comes to the interior. The lineup of
exclusive accessories ranges from two-tone stainless-steel scuff plates with optionally backlit
BRABUS logo to matt anodized pedals and door lock pins, to aluminum ‘Race’ shift paddles.

The BRABUS upholstery shop offers even more variety. In line with the customer’s requests the
upholsterers can complete the ex-factory leather interior appointments or craft completely new and
particularly exclusive BRABUS fine leather interiors for which they use especially soft yet
extremely durable BRABUS Mastik leather and Alcantara in any desired color.

BRABUS 2014.
Please note: additional BRABUS information for you and your readers is available on our website at
www.brabus.com

 

 

 

 

 

2015 BRABUS GLA X156 CATALOG

 

Front bumper / front Spoiler – in Vorbereitung

156-200-00

BRABUS front spoiler – in preperation

Pur-R-Rim

Not for vehicles with AMG line package (Code 950)

156-210-00

BRABUS front bumper add-on

PUR-R-Rim

Not for vehicles with AMG line package(Code 950)

156-220-00

 

BRABUS front spoiler – in preperation

PUR-R-Rim

Only for vehicle with AMG Line package (Code 950)

156-230-00

 

BRABUS front bumper add-on – in preperation

PUR-R-Rim

Only for vehicle with AMG Line package (Code 950)

Rear bumper – in preperation

156-400-00

BRABUS rear bumper insert – in preperation

PUR-R-Rim, with two cutouts for BRABUS sport exhaust system

Not for vehicles with Line package (Code 950)!
Only in combination with BRABUS Sport exhaust 156-670-00/25!

156-420-00

 

BRABUS rear bumper insert – in preperation

PUR-R-Rim, with two cutouts for BRABUS sport exhaust System

Only for vehicles with Line package (Code 950)!
Only in combination with BRABUS sport exhaust 156-670-00/25

Rear Spoiler

156-450-00

BRABUS rear spoiler

PUR-R-Rim

Side skirts

156-330-00

BRABUS illumination

for original side skirts

Special Equipment

000-000-11

 

TUV-parts assessment

156-000-21

BRABUS logo on bonnet

Replaces MB star

211-000-14

BRABUS logo for tailgate

chrome

218-000-20

BRABUS logo front

219-000-22

 

BRABUS logo for side of the car

Wheels

 

Monoblock VI Double spoke design
– one-piece – silver polished

Tyres not included in this price.
Tyre prices and specifications as well as further wheel-tyre combinations upon request.

612-858-35-RDK

VA

 

8.5J x 18 H2 offset 35

for tyre size: 245/45 R18

612-858-35-RDK

HA

 

8.5J x 18 H2 offset 35

for tyre size: 245/45 R18

 

Monoblock S Double Spoke design
silver polished

Tyres not included in this price.
Tyre prices and specifications as well as further wheel-tyre combinations upon request.

S12-758-54

VA

 

7.5J x 18 H2 offset 54

for tyre size: 225/50 R18 or alternativ 235/50 R18

S12-758-54

HA

 

7.5J x 18 H2 offset 54

for tyre size: 225/50 R18 or alternativ 235/50 R18

S12-858-50

VA

 

8.5J x 18 H2 offset 50

for tyre size: 245/45 R18 or alternativ 255/45 R18

S12-858-50

HA

 

8.5J x 18 H2 offset 50

for tyre size: 245/45 R18 or alternativ 255/45 R18

S12-808-67

VA

 

8J x 18 H2 offset 47 / 55

for tyre size: 245/45 R18 or alternative 255/45 R18

S12-808-67

HA

 

8J x 18 H2 offset 47 / 55

for tyre size: 245/45 R18 or alternative 255/45 R18

S12-759-50

VA

 

7.5J x 19 H2 offset 50

for tyre size: 235/45 R19

S12-759-50

HA

 

7.5J x 19 H2 offset 50

for tyre size: 235/45 R19

S12-859-50

VA

 

8.5J x 19 H2 offset 34

for tyre size: 255/40 R19

S12-859-50

HA

 

8.5J x 19 H2 offset 50

for tyre size: 255/40 R19

 

Monoblock Q double-spoke design
anthracite “Titanium” polished

Tyres not included in this price.
Tyre prices and specifications as well as further wheel-tyre combinations upon request.

Q12-858-50

VA

 

8.5J x 18 H2 offset 50

for tyre size: 245/45 R18 or alternative 255/45 R18

Q12-858-50

HA

 

8.5J x 18 H2 offset 50

for tyre size: 245/45 R18 or alternative 255/45 R18

Q12-859-50

VA

 

8,5J x 19 H2 offset 50

for tyre size: 255/40 R19

Q12-859-50

HA

 

8,5J x 19 H2 offset 50

for tyre size: 255/40 R19

Q12-900-45

VA

 

9,0J x 20 H2 offset 45

for tyre size: 255/35 R20

Q12-900-45

HA

 

9,0J x 20 H2 offset 45

for tyre size: 255/35 R20

 

BRABUS Monoblock R
5-double-spoke-design
anthracite “Liquid Titanium smoked” polished

Tyres not included in this price.
Tyre prices and specifications as well as further wheel-tyre combinations upon request.

R12-858-50

VA

 

8.5J x 18 H2 offset 50

for tyre size: 245/45 R18 or alternative 255/45 R18

R12-858-50

HA

 

8.5J x 18 H2 offset 50

for tyre size: 245/45 R18 or alternative 255/45 R18

R12-859-50

VA

 

8.5J x 19 H2 offset 50

for tyre size: 255/40 R19

R12-859-50

HA

 

8.5J x 19 H2 offset 50

for tyre size: 255/40 R19

R12-850-45

VA

 

8.5J x 20 H2 offset 45

for tyre size: 255/35 R20

R12-850-45

HA

 

8.5J x 20 H2 offset 45

for tyre size: 255/35 R20

R12-901-45

VA

 

9J x 21H2 offset 35

for tyre size: 255/30 R21

R12-901-45

HA

 

9J x 21 H2 offset 33

for tyre size: 255/30 R21

 

BRABUS Monoblock R “RED / BLACK”
five-double spoke design
special edition black glossy with red decorative elements.

Tyres not included in this price.
Tyre prices and specifications as well as further wheel-tyre combinations upon request.

R12-859-50-RB

VA

 

8.5J x 19 H2 ET 50

for tyre size: 255/40 R19

R12-859-50-RB

HA

 

8.5J x 19 H2 ET 50

for tyre size: 255/40 R19

 

Monoblock F cross spoke design, “Liquid Titanium” painted

Tyres not included in this price.
Tyre prices and specifications as well as further wheel-tyre combinations upon request.

F13-859-50

VA

 

8.5J x 19 H2 offset 50

for tyre size: 255/40 R19

F13-859-50

HA

 

8.5J x 19 H2 offset 50

for tyre size: 255/40 R19

F13-850-45

VA

 

8.5J x 20 H2 offset 45

for tyre size: 255/35 R20

F13-850-45

HA

 

8.5J x 20 H2 offset 45

for tyre size: 255/35 R20

 

Monoblock F PLATINUM EDITION cross-spoke design,
forged, brushed finish

Tyres not included in this price.
Tyre prices and specifications as well as further wheel-tyre combinations upon request.

F14-901-45

VA

 

9,0J x 21 H2 offset 45

for tyre size: 255/30 R20

F14-901-45

HA

 

9,0J x 21 H2 offset 45

for tyre size: 255/30 R20

Accessories

(ABE)

 

General technical admission (ABE)

no modification required

*

 

 

**

 

modifications required, version I

for sufficent wheel coverage and clearance

***

 

modifications required, version II

for sufficent wheel coverage and clearance

000-100-16

 

BRABUS aluminium hubcap set

with engraved BRABUS emblem

(already included on Monoblock F wheels)

RS-…

 

Wheel locks for BRABUS wheels

please specify exact car and wheel type

VG-02-AL

 

BRABUS valve caps

Set

Sports Suspension

000-101-97

 

Electronic alignment

156-004-00

 

BRABUS sports springs

comfortable Setting,

for GLA 220CDI, GLA 200 CDI, GLA 250 and GLA 200 incl. 4-Matic

Not for SA 950 and SA 483

156-004-10

 

BRABUS sports springs

comfortable Setting,

for GLA 220 CDI und GLA 200 CDI incl. 4-Matic

for SA 950 and SA 483

156-004-30

BRABUS suspension lift kit

for all GLA models,

ride height increase by 30 mm

246-004-00

BRABUS sports springs

comfortable setting

For vehicles with Code SA 950 and Code 483!

Sports exhaust Systems

156-670-00

 

BRABUS sports exhaust

consisting of: 1 x rear silencer in the middle with four slanted tailpipes � 76 mm,

for GLA 220 CDI, GLA 200 CDI, GLA 250 and GLA 200 only for 4-Matic

156-670-25

 

BRABUS valve-controlled exhaust system

Complete system from catalyst with 4 slanted tailpipes � 76 mm

Only for vehicle GLA 250 with 4-matic!
Only in connection with BRABUS Rear bumper insert 156-420-00!

Complete interior appointments

000-805-90

 

Steering wheel outer section to be covered in leather/Alcantara *

000-805-91

 

Steering wheel outer section (AMG versions) to be covered in leather/Alcantara *

000-805-92

 

Surcharge for design version different from standard *

000-805-93

 

Steering wheel reverse side to be covered in leather/Alcantara *

156-857-00

 

BRABUS fine leather / Alcantara interior trim

for 2 front seats with headrests, rear bench with headrests incl. 4 door add-on parts

Colour of leather, edging and seams by request incl. sidebag!
Design as in standard car!

156-857-01

 

BRABUS fine leather / Alcantara interior trim

for 2 front seats with headrests, rear bench with headrests incl. 4 door add-on parts

Design different to standard car / seat inner faces extensively quilted!
Colour of leather, edging and seams by reques incl. sidebag!

156-857-03

 

Additional charge for seats with ventilated seats

156-857-04

 

A-, B-, & C-pillars covered in leather / Alcantara

156-857-05

 

Sun visors in leather / alcantara

set

156-857-06

 

Front seatback covers to be covered in leather / alcantara

156-857-07

 

Front armrest to be covered in leather/Alcantara *

156-857-08

 

Rear armrest to be covered in leather/Alcantara *

156-857-09

 

Additional charge for split rear bench 2/3, 1/3 *

156-857-10

 

Additional charge for vehicles with rear side bags *

156-857-12

 

Cover panels for the 2 front seats to be covered in leather / Alcantara *

156-857-13

 

Vehicle floor carpeting in quilted leather *

156-857-14

 

Trunk floor carpeting in quilted leather *

156-857-15

 

Floormats in quilted leather *

set of 4 pieces,

with stitched BRABUS logo

156-857-16

 

Trunk mat in quilted leather

with stitched BRABUS logo

156-857-17

 

Steering wheel airbag to be covered in leather/Alcantara *

156-857-20

 

Rear window shelf in leather / Alcantara *

156-858-00

 

4 door panel covers incl. storage compartments to be covered in leather / Alcantara

156-858-01

 

4 door inverts covered in leather / Alcantara

156-858-02

 

2 Armrests to be covered in leather/alcantara

156-860-00

 

Dashboard upper section to be covered in leather / Alcantara

156-860-01

 

Dashboard lower section to be covered in leather/Alcantara

left & right incl. glove compartment

156-861-00

 

Middle console to be covered completely in leather / Alcantara

incl. armrest

156-867-11

 

Headliner in leather / alcantara

Design as in base car

without sunroof

156-868-11

 

Headliner in leather / Alcantara

with panoramic glass roof

Design as in base car!
With roller blinds in standard fabric!

156-868-12

 

Additional charge different to base car*

156-872-00N

 

Trunk mat with BRABUS logo

Velour, black,

with Nubuk edging

246-857-00N

 

Floormats with BRABUS logo

Velour, black,

with Nubuk edging

stiched BRABUS Logo

Shift paddles, aluminium trim sets

000-805-100-01

 

BRABUS shift paddles

Set,aluminium matt

For exchanging the standard shift paddles!

000-805-150-01

 

BRABUS shift paddles “RACE”

Set,aluminium matt

For exchanging the standard shift paddles!

166-350-00

 

BRABUS entrance panels

2 piece

Bi-Color stainless steel, with illuminated BRABUS Logo

166-816-00

 

BRABUS aluminium pedal pads

matte elox, 2-piece

203-819-00

 

BRABUS door lock pins

4 piece

246-350-00

 

BRABUS entrance panels

2 piece,

Bi-Color stainless steel

246-816-00

 

BRABUS aluminium pedal pads

matte elox,

for manual transmission

Performance kits gasoline engines

156-745-10-250

 

BRABUS PowerXtra B45 – in preperation

Base GLA45 – with/without SA 250

+29 kW / 40 hp, +50 Nm to 294 kW / 400 hp, 500 Nm
Vmax: 250 km/h / 155 mph

156-B25-00

 

BRABUS PowerXtra B25 – in preperation

Base GLA 250 4-Matic

+25 kW / 34 hp, +35 Nm to 180 kW / 245 hp, 385 Nm
Vmax: 250 km/h / 155 mph

156-B45-10-270

 

BRABUS PowerXtra B45 – in preperation

Base GLA45 – without SA 250

+29 kW / 40 hp, +50 Nm to 294 kW / 400 hp, 500 Nm
Vmax: 270 km/h / 168 mph

Performance kits diesel engines

156-730-00

 

BRABUS ECO PowerXtra D3

Base GLA 220 CDI

+30 kW / 40 hp, +60 Nm
to 155 kW / 210 hp, 410 Nm
Vmax: 220 km/h / 137 mph

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