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by George Skentzos

Mercedes-Benz’s newest and most appealing addition to its range – the new C-Class – has been given the Brabus treatment which impossibly improves upon perfection.

Confusingly publicized as the ‘ultimate wolf in sheep’s clothing’, the Brabus C-Class is more ‘lion in wolf’s clothing’. There is no mistaking from its appearance that this car is packing something brutal under the bonnet.

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At the heart of the Brabus C-Class is a ferocious biturbo 6.3L V12 with a staggering 573kW and – wait for it – peak torque of 1,320Nm, which is electronically limited to a far more ‘sensible’ 1,100Nm in order to give the gearbox and tyres a fighting chance at getting all that power through to the asphalt.

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To achieve and maintain the massive ouput of the engine, Brabus engineers added special pistons and connecting rods, a new turbocharging system with two larger chargers and more efficient intercoolers, and metal catalysts with a low back pressure stainless-steel exhaust.

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Power is of course sent to the rear wheels through a five-speed automatic transmission which has been massively modified to handle all the torque.

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The car sprints from 0–100km/h (62mph) in just 3.9 seconds, reaches 200km/h (124mph) after just 10.49 seconds and passes the 300km/h (186mph) mark after a mere 24.5 seconds. Top speed is claimed to be in excess of 360km/h (224mph).

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The Brabus C-Class is fitted with a height-adjustable coil-over suspension set-up and sport sway bars not only to improve handling but also to cope with the massive power and weight of that V12 engine.

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Restraining all this power is taken care of by monster 12-piston aluminum fixed calipers gripping vented and grooved 380mm discs up front, and six-piston units biting 360mm discs in the rear.




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