Imagine getting a UPS package about the size of a textbook arriving on your doorstep. Head to the garage, and within a half hour, your new machine could be making an extra 100 horsepower!
That is the idea with the first set of power modules from BRABUS for the new C63-S.
Power is the Geneva show-car spec is up to 591-horsepower from the stock 510 thanks to the BRABUS ECU re-flash but also a new exhaust system. Extra downpipe and muffler capacity is a must to max out a turbo engine tune, so all this works together. The new exhaust has electronically operated flaps to choose between comfort and a wild sport mode — helping the new twin-turbo V8 in the C600 to sing all the way up to its new 186MPH top speed.
Besides being really simple and DIY, turbo ECU upgrades are handy because they are totally reversible. And generally are safe for the engine’s long-term health — especially from AMG gurus Brabus who have more than a little experience turning regular Mercedes vehicles into autobahn cruise missiles.
The visual upgrades are sexy and very welcome. The C63-S looks dynamite in the flesh but lacks that last bit of distinctiveness. That the C300 and C400 are so goodlooking is kindof a downside for the C63-S, as it has to work much harder to prove itself as a real M3 competitor. The new twin splitter up front and flip of carbon-fiber trunk spoiler on the C600 are just the ticket.
2016 Mercedes-AMG C63-S
World premiere at the IAA 2015
New from BRABUS: 600 horsepower, 800 Nm and 300 km/h for the Mercedes C 63S
A rated power output of 441 kW / 600 HP (591 bhp). A peak torque of 800 Nm (590 lb-ft). A sprint time of 3.8 seconds from 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph). A top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph). Plus exclusive sporty options from aerodynamic enhancement and wheels to the suspension and the interior: BRABUS (Brabus-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777 111, Internet www.brabus.com) presents an extensive tuning program for the new Mercedes C 63S in a world premiere at the 2015 IAA in Frankfurt am Main.
Sedan or wagon: BRABUS PowerXtra B40 – 600 engine tuning makes the new Mercedes C 63S even more a wolf in sheep’s clothing. The BRABUS engineers used state-of-the-art test rig technology and extensive test drives on racetracks and public roads to develop a performance kit that boosts the power output of the turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 by 66 kW / 90 HP (88 bhp).
BRABUS adapts a plug-and-play auxiliary control module to the electronic engine management system. It updates the engine controls with new mapping for injection and ignition while increasing the boost pressure. As a result, rated power output jumps from standard 375 kW / 510 HP to 441 kW / 600 HP (503 to 591 bhp) at a low 5,800 rpm. At the same time, peak torque grows from 700 to 800 Nm (516 to 591 lb-ft), available on a plateau between 1,750 and 4,500 rpm. BRABUS recommends high-performance motor oil from technology partner MOTUL.
In concert with the seven-speed sports transmission, a C 63S sedan with BRABUS PowerXtra B40 – 600 performance tuning launches from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.8 seconds. The slightly heavier wagon takes just a tenth of a second longer for the same exercise. The top speed of both body styles jumps from 250 to 300 km/h (155 to 186 mph).
The strong suites of the BRABUS sport exhaust system for the Mercedes C 63S are its sound and its performance. The all-stainless exhaust reduces backpressure and features controlled butterfly valves for an electronically controlled sound management. A switch in the cockpit lets drivers choose between a subtle “coming home” mode and the open position of the butterfly valves for a markedly powerful exhaust note of the twin-turbo V8.
Reducing aerodynamic lift is of tremendous importance for a car as fast as this. For this reason, the BRABUS designers went into the wind tunnel to develop equally efficient and visually stunning bodywork components manufactured from clear-coated carbon with a matte or shiny surface seal. The air outlets in the front fenders add even more emphasis to the sporty-elegant appearance of the C 63S.
In addition, the production front bumper of the sedan and the wagon can be upgraded with a BRABUS spoiler lip. Carbon surrounds for the side air intakes give the top-of-the-line C-Class model even more athletic looks.
A diffuser and a rear spoiler can make the rear of the sedan even more aerodynamically effective. Clear-coated carbon covers for the exterior mirrors represent another sporty feature.
The new 20-inch king-sized BRABUS Monoblock T wheels play a crucial role in the car’s athletic appearance and further enhanced driving dynamics. The five-spoke wheels with carbon inlays on each spoke are mounted on the top-of-the-line model of the current C-Class in size 8.5Jx20 on the front axle and in size 9.5Jx20 at the rear. They are shod with Continental, Pirelli or YOKOHAMA high-performance tires of sizes 255/30 ZR 20 at the front and up to 275/30 ZR 20 on the rear axle.
Of course, exclusive interior refinement is also available for all Mercedes C 63 models. The product lineup ranges from stainless-steel scuff plates with color-changing backlit BRABUS logo and ergonomic aluminum paddle shifters to a speedometer with 340-km/h scale (211 mph).
The company upholstery shop creates BRABUS fine leather luxury interiors tailored to individual customer preferences from a combination of especially soft yet durable BRABUS Mastik leather and Alcantara. BRABUS offers wood and carbon trim sets in any desired color and with a variety of surface finishes to complement the leather appointments.
The BRABUS fine leather interior of the show car at the IAA 2015 is made from all-black leather with mandarin-colored seams. Appropriately, all chrome body parts are painted in the same black color as the vehicle.
All BRABUS components are backed 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).
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