Most people haven’t even seen a 2011 Mercedes CLS in person yet, but that hasn’t stopped German tuner Brabus from building a line of performance parts for the sleek new four-door coupe. Improving on everything from more power to better aerodynamics the full line tuner is offering as much function as form.
At this point, it looks like big power gains from software tuning are limited to just the diesel models, which we won’t get here in the States. The CLS 350 CDI BlueEfficiency sees a jump from 261 horsepower to 309. Torque gains are equally impressive going from 457 pound-feet to 509. Brabus rates the 0-60 mph time for the tuned coupe at 5.9 seconds. Functionality built into the transmission control unit allows drivers to select Eco mode, which increases torque only from 1,600-2,400 rpm to help improve performance while leaving fuel mileage virtually unchanged. Brabus also offers a full stainless steel exhaust system for all models of the CLS to add some deep exhaust notes, although it doesn’t list any performance improvements.
On the inside, Brabus offers a range of customization products for the CLS. Everything from entire trim kits cut from Mastik leather and Alcantara can be ordered along with dress-up items like illuminated sill plates or even wood trimmed steering wheels are offered. For a sportier look, pedals, door lock pins shifters can be ordered in aluminum and dash kits are available in clear-coated carbon-fiber.
On the outside, Brabus went to work in the windtunnel to improve on the slippery slape shape of the CLS. A front valence is added to the stock bumper to reduce lift on the front end. A complimentary rear trunk spoiler balances out the aerodynamic package to keep things planted at speed. New side skirts, vented front fenders and a diffuser-style rear apron round out the package.
To complete the tuned look, Brabus offers wheels in sizes from 17×8.5 inches to 20×10.5 inches. The demonstration car is fitted with 20×8.5-inch front wheels with 255/30 tires and 20×9.5 in the rear with 305/25 tires. The suspension system is lowered with either sport springs and recalibrated shocks on cars with standard suspension or with recalibrated software on cars with Mercedes’ Airmatic System.
No word on a time frame for further engine components aimed at U.S. models, but as fast as these were released, we would guess they are coming faster than a speeding bullet. We wonder what will come when Brabus gets its hands on the AMG version.