Bottrop-based Mercedes-Benz tuner Brabus has released details of its program for the current SL-Class.
Constructed from high quality Pur-R-Rim plastic, the aero package consists of a front fascia, fender vents, sill attachments, boot lid spoiler and rear bumper insert with diffuser. Brabus offers a wide range of alloys in various sizes, but recommends its Monoblock F, Q and R wheels measuring 9 and 8.5 x 20-inches and wrapped in 255/30 ZR tires and 295/25 ZR rubber. When it comes to dropping the Roadster, a spring kit developed jointly with Bilstein is available for the SL 350, while models fitted with ABC (Active Body Control) active suspension system get an electronic lowering module, which achieves a 25 mm reduction in ride height. Moving inside, there’s a pair of backlit sill plates, carbon fibre or wooden trim packages, embroidered floor mats and complete makeovers to suit the owner’s taste, using materials such as Mastik leather and Alcantara.
Power upgrades are available throughout the range, with this particular SL 500 receiving the B50 – 520 PowerXtra CGI power kit, which includes optimization of the car’s ECU software and an auxiliary water-to-air intercooler with electric pump, which sees output from the 4.7-litre V8 rise from 320 kW (435 hp) and 699 Nm of torque to 382 kW (520 hp) and 820 Nm (604 lb/ft). There’s also a limited-slip differential with a locking rate of 40 percent and stainless steel exhaust system with adjustable valve. Those tweaks result in a 0-100 km/h time of 4.4 seconds and increased top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph).