Official: Mercedes-Benz SL-Class by Brabus

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class by Brabus

Brabus have finished with the new Mercedes-Benz SL Class. The result is plain to see from the photos. The sixth generation SL Class gets a set of aerodynamic, wheel, suspension and power upgrades which help refine the package and create a custom look for the owner. The upgrades pictured have been applied to the Mercedes-Benz SL500.

The new aerodynamic package consists of a custom-fitted front fascia, add-on modules for the side sills and rear fascia as well as a rear spoiler and side air vents for the front fenders. All components are constructed from high-grade PUR plastics and have been tested in a wind tunnel for maximum aerodynamic efficiency. They give the SL Class a sportier look with added aerodynamic benefits.

For the wheels, Brabus offer four different designs from their Monoblock wheel range. Sizes ranging from 18, 19 or 20 inches are available. The largest 20 inch combination can be offered in F, Q or R combination measuring 9Jx20 at the front with 255/30 ZR20 tires and 9.5Jx20 at the rear with 295/25 ZR20 tires. BRABUS recommends high-performance tires from Continental, Pirelli and Yokohama.

For the suspension, Brabus teamed up with specialists Bilstein to provide a set of sport springs for the SL350 with conventional steel suspension. For the active ABC suspension system, Brabus offer an electronic module that lowers ride height by 25mm.

Power upgrades are offered through a kit Brabus calls the “B50 – 520 PowerXtra CGI power kit”. It offers 85 horsepower more from the 4.7 liter eight-cylinder Biturbo engine for a total figure of 520hp and 820Nm of torque. Zero to 100km/h is now possible in just 4.4 seconds with top speeds limited electronically to 250, 275 or 300km/h.

The modifications to achieve these figures include a ECU module that includes a special mapping for injection and ignition as well as a moderately increased boost pressure. Brabus also fit an auxiliary water-to-air intercooler powered by an auxiliary electric pump. The exhaust system is stainless steel and features four chrome-plated tailpipes with the option of a butterfly valve with steering wheel button activation available at a later date.

One of the final modification Brabus made is the inclusion of a 40 persent locking limited-slip differential. Interior options are diverse, as you would expect from the leading Mercedes-Benz tuning company. For this car Brabus fitted a scuff plate with backlit Brabus logo, a speedometer with 360km/h dial and Brabus pedals. Carbon-fiber or fine wood trim sets are also available as are bespoke Mastik leather and Alcantara interiors!

Published: September 12, 2012 12:25 pm

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