Longtime Mercedes-Benz tuner has released a performance package for the latest S500 and CL500 as well as the S63 and CL63 AMG models, which are fitted with Stuttgart’s new V8 bi-turbocharged engines. In addition to the powerplant enhancements, the German tuning firm has also developed a range of cosmetic and handling upgrades.
Starting with the S500 and CL500 models, Brabus offers two different engine tunes for the 4.7-liter twin-turbocharged V8. The first kit includes a new ECU priced at €4,900 (~US$7,160), which bumps output from 435HP and 700Nm to 482HP and 780 Nm (575 lb-ft).
In addition to the software optimization, the second kit (priced at €5,900 or about US$8,630) adds a supplementary intercooler lifting power to 520-horses and 820 Nm (604 lb-ft). When equipped with this package, both the S500 and CL500 reach a top speed of 300 km/h (188 mph) in combination with the Brabus Vmax Unit.
Moving on to the S63 and CL63 AMG models, Brabus’ tuners developed a package that includes an ECU optimization and a water-to-air intercooler powered by an electric auxiliary pump, priced at €5,900 (~ US$8,630). After the conversion, the 5.5-liter BiTurbo V8 produces 584HP (+40HP) in standard form and 620HP (+49HP) and 1,000 Nm (737 lb-ft) of peak torque when equipped with the optional AMG performance package.
The most powerful variants with the 620HP tune complete the 0-100km/h (62mph) in 4.3 seconds and in combination with the Brabus V/max Unit, reach a top speed of 320 km/h (199 mph).
Other available components for the S63 and CL63 AMG include a sport exhaust system with a flap control that allows the driver to adjust the sound of the exhaust, a limited-slip differential with a locking rate of up to 40 percent, and an aero kit with a front spoiler, rear diffuser and carbon trims.
Both the standard and AMG models can also be equipped with Brabus’ alloy wheels ranging in size from 19-to 21-inches, as well as numerous interior refinements.
It seems Renault's funky Captur concept that premiered in Geneva won't remain just another design study, as the French automaker is planning to build two production models inspired by the small crossover, according company insiders quoted by Autocar. The first version will be a small five-door crossover similar in size to the Nissan Juke, with which it will share the platform.
The other will be a three-door version with different design features – think of something in the likes of the three-door Range Rover Evoque, but on a smaller scale. The three-door version is rumored to feature a coupe-like body, which could be the first of its kind in this class and will represent Renault in the premium supermini segment, where it will compete with models like the Citroën DS3 and Mini Cooper.
According to the report, the deadline for the launch of the production versions is 2013 for the five-door model with the three-door model following shortly after.
Each Renault concept car revealed after the 2010 Paris Motor show illustrates a what the company describes as the “cycle of life”, with the Captur being inspired by the “explore” theme. The next design study will be a van inspired by the theme of “work” and hint at the next generation Kangoo. It is expected to debut at the Frankfurt auto show this autumn.
By Dan Mihalascu
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