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Diesel Tweaker: Brabus Tunes the Mercedes C 220

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In just a shade over a week we're heading off to the land of apple wine, thai food and cars that run on a strange concoction called "diesel." We're not quite sure what this odd, smelly substance is, but some say it's made from prunes, horse lard and the milk of a forgotten mammal elders say looked like Ernest Borgnine. There, in Frankfurt, many cars use this substance for fuel, and some even go fast. That is the aim of Mercedes tuner Brabus, which announced a new chip (sorry, auxiliary control unit with integrated injector drive module) that boosts power of the Merc 220 CDI from 168 hp to 217 hp. Perhaps more important, it extends torque from 295 lb-ft to a bulldozing 354 lb-ft. The dealer-installed D3 S kit also reduces zero-to-60 time from 8.8 seconds to a 7.8 seconds, comparable with, say, a 1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS. We can't wait to hear more about this.


Press Release:

50 PS (49 hp) / 36.8 kW more Power and an Extra 80 Nm (59 lb-ft) of Torque with BRABUS D3 S POWER XTRA


An increase in maximum power output from standard 170 PS (168 hp) / 125 kW to 220 PS (217 hp) / 162 kW, a jump in torque from 400 Nm to 480 Nm (295 to 354 lb-ft), combined with maximum environmental friendliness in accordance with Euro IV emission limits, and all that backed by the one-of-a-kind BRABUS Tuning Warranty® of three years, up to 100,000 kilometers (see BRABUS warranty conditions): For the new Mercedes-Benz C 220 CDI BRABUS presents the new BRABUS POWER XTRA D3 S power kit.

The processor-controlled BRABUS auxiliary control unit with integrated injector drive module comes with a ready-to-connect wire harness and detailed installation instructions. It can be installed quickly and easily by any authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer. The BRABUS POWER XTRA D3 S tuning kit works flawlessly in conjunction with the standard particulate filter of the C 220 CDI and increases maximum power output by 50 PS (49 hp) / 36.8 kW and peak torque by 80 Nm (59 lb-ft). Despite the increased performance emissions of the turbodiesel engine remain on the low level of the production car: Even with BRABUS performance tuning the car meets stringent EURO IV emission standards.

The added powerful of the tuned diesel engine is noticeable in every traffic situation: The increase in torque gives the C 220 CDI superior pulling power even at low engine speeds, making passing maneuvers shorter and safer.

Vehicle performance speaks for itself: With a sprint time from 0 - 100 km/h (62 mph) of 7.8 seconds the C 220 CDI with BRABUS D3 S performance kit takes almost a full second less than the production car. The top speed of 239 km/h (149 mph) exceeds that of the production model by 10 km/h (6 mph).


The fully stainless-steel BRABUS quad sport exhaust for the Mercedes C 220 CDI looks great and gives the car a more powerful exhaust note.

In addition to performance tuning BRABUS offers an extensive customization program for the new Mercedes C-Class. The product range includes a sporty yet elegantly shaped aerodynamic-enhancement kit, sporty suspension modifications from a simple lowering kit to a complete sports suspension, high-performance brake systems as well as exclusive interior accessories including handcrafted fully leather interiors made from only the very best materials with utmost precision and loving attention to detail.

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That was exactly what I was wondering as soon as I saw the title!

"That sounds cool, but would it beat a '85 Monte Carlo SS stoplight to stoplight?"

On a side note, the one guy I knew in highschool that had an 80's Monte Carlo SS had to start it with a screw driver. But it had t-tops!