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Continuing to expand their already impressive portfolio of tuning Mercedes-Benz vehicles, Brabus has now introduced an engine tuning program for the new V8 biturbo powerplants from Mercedes, which includes the newest S550 and CL550, S63 and CL63 AMG. Power output from the new performance kits can reach 620-hp and 737 ft-lbs of torque and comes backed with a 62,000 mile warranty.
There are several different stages to Brabus’ PowerXtra CGI performance kits with pricing varying from $7,200 to $8,700. Your choice of kit depends on which V8 biturbo powerplant you’re sporting and is essentially an ECU reflash. In addition, enthusiasts can purchase a Brabus sport exhaust system with exhaust control. With a push of a button, your Mercedes can go from “Coming Home” mode to “Sport” mode.
In addition, further performance can be had with Brabus’ limited-slip differential upgrade. Exterior modifications can also be added to your package with carbon fiber aerodynamic accessories. And of course you can choose to outfit your Mercedes with any of Brabus’ 19- to 21-inch wheels.
GALLERY: Brabus PowerXtra CGI Performance Kits
But only in Europe.. for now
Looking for a way to economize in these though economic times? Mercedes has the answer. If that AMG model is just a bit out of your price range, how about a model that looks the same but without the added performance?
Enter the AMG Sports Package.
For 2009 Mercedes will offer the AMG Sports package on the S and CL-Class models, giving them that great AMG look but without the massive amount of horsepower. Included in the package are new front and rear bumpers, with larger air intakes up front and a new black diffuser in the rear with rectangular exhaust pipes. New side skirts are also a part of the plan.
A new set of 19-inch five-spoke wheels and tires is included with front 245/40/19 front and 275/40/19 rear tires. An upgraded package can also be had with 20-inch wheels with 245/35/20 front and 275/35/20 rear tires.
Inside, the AMG Sports package includes a leather and wood steering wheel as well as brushed stainless steel pedals and velour floor mats with AMG lettering.
Currently the package is only offered in Europe on the S-Class and CL500 and CL500 4MATIC models, but it is expected to be offered in the U.S. shortly. A similar package for the E- and C-Class models is already available.
GALLERY: AMG Sports Package for S and CL-Class
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