March 31st 2010 18:00
Just days after its official European market launch, famous Mercedes-Benz aftermarket tuner BRABUS has already unveiled a new tuning kit for the 2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Convertible.
First and foremost: engine tuning. Plenty of Merc fans have lamented the decision by Mercedes-Benz not to build an AMG version of this gorgeous coupe/convertible. BRABUS' solution is the 6.1 capacity engine with 340 kW of power, a dynamically styled aerodynamic-enhancement program, custom-tailored wheels with diameters ranging from 17 to 20 inches, corresponding sport suspensions and striking interior options.
The 6.1 is based on the V8 engine of the E 500 and has been modified extensively. A steel billet crankshaft with longer stroke, larger cylinder bore and correspondingly larger pistons affect a displacement increase from 5.5 to 6.1 litres (336 to 372 cubic inch). The engine conversion further includes four-valve cylinder heads optimized for mixture flow, installation of special camshafts and the BRABUS stainless-steel sport exhaust system with high-performance metal catalysts. Custom-programmed engine electronics ensure the precise interaction of all new components.
Powered by this engine, the E-Class convertible sprints from rest to 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph). This level of performance places the tuned E-Class Cabriolet firmly among the world’s fastest four-seater soft-top cars.
Other tuning options include the BRABUS ECO Power Extra D4 power kit which bumps rated power output of the four-cylinder turbodiesel engine of the E 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY model from the standard 150 kW to 173 kW. Simultaneously peak torque grows to 560 Nm.
The BRABUS ECO PowerXtra D6 (III) module for the six-cylinder turbodiesel engine of the E 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY model bumps power output to 200 kW and peak torque to 590 Nm.
BRABUS ECO PowerXtra CGI tuning increases power output of the E 250 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY gasoline model from standard 150 kW to 169 kW at a low 5,500 rpm. Peak torque jumps from 310 Nm to 350 Nm.
As per BRABUS tradition, the E-class convertible will feature the tuner's distinctive body kit - a new front bumper with integrated LED daytime running lights, a rear diffuser and a discreet boot lid spoiler.
The interior options, including a unique sport steering wheel, stainless-steel scuff plates with an illuminated logo and genuine carbon-fibre decorative trim.