Ahead of the reveal of the new Mercedes-AMG A45, the Bottrop-based tuner has shown what it can do with the new A-class
With aerodynamic additions, new wheels, suspension tweaks and an engine tune, Brabus has thrown everything it’s got at the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-class.
Available on the range-topping A250 model (both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive) the tuner has extracted an extra 46bhp and 59lb ft of torque from the 2-litre turbocharged four-pot, bringing total output to 267bhp and 317lb ft. This is thanks to reprogramming the ECU, changing injection and ignition timing as well as boost pressure control – a larger intake is also included to help the engine breathe. Brabus will also offer tuning options for diesel models of the A-class which are currently in development. The model’s new-found power pushes the A-class from 0-100kph in 5.9sec. Not exactly blistering, but it’s an improvement over the 6.2sec figure from factory.
Available on all A-class models in AMG Line specification, Brabus also offers a variety of body modifications to go with the engine tune. These includes a two-piece front splitter and a more aggressive diffuser to house the new, stainless steel and carbonfibre Brabus exhaust tips. Of course, a Brabus-fettled car is not complete without a rear wing – the company claims that it gives the A-class better aerodynamic balance.
The Brabus exhaust system allows the four-pot to let loose, with flaps that allow you to choose when you’d like to make a racket. Due to the way it’s designed, the exhaust can also be installed to look as discreet as from factory without the aggressive diffuser.
The tuner says its suspension engineers and test drivers have developed tailor-made wheel and tyre combinations, for wheels sizes of between 17- and 20-inches. There are three wheel designs available, all of which are a monoblock construction, the largest coming with 235/30 R 20 tyres on all four corners.
If you know Brabus at all, you’ll know it does interior customisation rather well. For the A-class, stainless-steel scuff plates with a backlit Brabus logos, aluminium pedals and, of course, a newly upholstered interior can be had. Brabus allows the customer to choose exactly what they’d like for the upholstery with all work done in fine, soft ‘Mastik’ leather and Alcantara.
Should you be wary of tuning your car for fear of reduced engine reliability, the tuner provides you with a three-year or 100,000-kilometre Brabus tuning warranty.