RE: Brabus GLA upgrades launched

RE: Brabus GLA upgrades launched

Tuesday 27th May 2014

Brabus GLA upgrades launched

Thought a GLA45 was a barmy idea? How about one with 400hp?



Once upon a time AMG made big saloons with oodles of power from gigantic V8s. Then Brabus would tweak them further for more power, because it could and some people are never satisfied. But times they are a changin' and so with AMG creating a four-cylindercrossover, Brabus needed to step up and make it sillier still.

This look doesn't really work with diesel, does it?
This look doesn't really work with diesel, does it?
Should you wish to bling up a GLA, Brabus is only too happy to oblige. There are rims of up to 21-inch diameter, Brabus bumpers, diffusers and wings plus various other trinkets for inside and out.

The dynamic extras are rather more interesting. The PowerXtra B45 kit adds 40hp and 50Nm (37lb ft) for 400hp and 500Nm (369lb ft) in total. The top speed can be raised to 168mph (270km/h) also. Brabus sports suspension kits are in development too, probably taking the GLA back down to the ride height of an A-Class.

Anyway, there's something quite appealing about the prospect of a GLA with 400hp that looks very similar to an AMG Sport 220 CDI. We can forego spoilers on top of wings and the like. Such is the demand for AMG reps that there's very little to tell the genuine cars from the wannabes. Debadged too, for the full stealth effect.



[Sources: autoevolution, Brabus]

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andrew.delamare

Original Poster:

74 posts

228 months

Tuesday 27th May 2014
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It looks like it has a beard....

mrclav

857 posts

196 months

Tuesday 27th May 2014
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Awaits the criticism... lol

Still, that's quite a machine power-wise!

KeithR

212 posts

177 months

Tuesday 27th May 2014
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I think the phrase 'You can't polish a turd' comes to mind. F*ck ugly! vomit

I think the A45 should have been given the Brabus treatment, not that abomination.

SimonD

486 posts

254 months

Tuesday 27th May 2014
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Wheels too small. Car too slow.

Shame.

wink

ManiacGT

537 posts

148 months

Tuesday 27th May 2014
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Power yes... body mods no...

Bencolem

716 posts

212 months

Tuesday 27th May 2014
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Aarrgghh my eyes...

soad

31,145 posts

149 months

Tuesday 27th May 2014
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Bencolem said:
Aarrgghh my eyes...
It's not that bad. hehe

stuart-b

3,637 posts

199 months

Tuesday 27th May 2014
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Amazing that it has the same power as a mental Evo of only a few years ago. And it doesn't even require silly Evo 6 month/4000 mile services! Apart from looking ridiculous, the engine has potential!

articulatedj

102 posts

94 months

Tuesday 27th May 2014
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stuart-b said:
Amazing that it has the same power as a mental Evo of only a few years ago. And it doesn't even require silly Evo 6 month/4000 mile services! Apart from looking ridiculous, the engine has potential!
With that much boost, 4K mile services might not be a bad idea.

It seems like this power upgrade would be better applied to the A Class, but to each his own.

ukmike2000

476 posts

141 months

Tuesday 27th May 2014
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Mental! And none too pretty either.

EdM

182 posts

146 months

Tuesday 27th May 2014
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KeithR said:
I think the phrase 'You can't polish a turd' comes to mind. F*ck ugly! vomit

I think the A45 should have been given the Brabus treatment, not that abomination.
ditto...(being kind)...wholly uninspiring design at best as is the rest of the current range..

badgerracing

96 posts

202 months

Tuesday 27th May 2014
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Is it me, or when people talk about 400 bhp cars I immediately think of the E39 M5 with that Madonna / Clive Owen advert. Just seemed like the benchmark.

I guess that means 1) I'm getting old, and 2) Its only a matter of time till we have a 600bhp hot hatchback?

tch911

366 posts

184 months

Wednesday 28th May 2014
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badgerracing said:
Is it me, or when people talk about 400 bhp cars I immediately think of the E39 M5 with that Madonna / Clive Owen advert. Just seemed like the benchmark.

I guess that means 1) I'm getting old, and 2) Its only a matter of time till we have a 600bhp hot hatchback?
We must be of very similar vintage then as that's exactly my thought!!

stuno1

1,244 posts

168 months

Wednesday 28th May 2014
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Yeah as above really. Power is epic from a car that size but my word that is fugly!

jimfoz

66 posts

143 months

Wednesday 28th May 2014
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Mercedes seem to be going through a gaping whale-mouth phase at the moment. I can't say I find any of their present line of cars desirable. And they still insist on standardising this horrible vegan plastic upholstery ste in their lower end cars. Vinyl was never desirable, and calling it 'artico' does not leather make

iloveboost

1,531 posts

135 months

Wednesday 28th May 2014
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I just googled this the ECU, like many ECUs now, is encrypted. What Brabus did is used a piggyback tuning box with their own map and the cost is TWO THOUSAND POUNDS!
Getting the top speed raised is I think an option when new and this bargain costs another THOUSAND POUNDS!
Nothing against Brabus but the prices they charge seem to be ridiculously ridiculous.

Paddymcc

789 posts

164 months

Wednesday 28th May 2014
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iloveboost said:
I just googled this the ECU, like many ECUs now, is encrypted. What Brabus did is used a piggyback tuning box with their own map and the cost is TWO THOUSAND POUNDS!
Getting the top speed raised is I think an option when new and the dealer can raise it via normal diagnostics. This bargain costs another THOUSAND POUNDS!
Nothing against Brabus but the prices they charge seem to be ridiculously ridiculous.
Theres an invoice in the glovebox for a brabus tuning box on my CLS diesel for £2000 odds when it was installed at the factory but it did come with a nice brabus engine cover too.

b0rk

1,764 posts

119 months

Wednesday 28th May 2014
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iloveboost said:
I just googled this the ECU, like many ECUs now, is encrypted. What Brabus did is used a piggyback tuning box with their own map and the cost is TWO THOUSAND POUNDS!
Getting the top speed raised is I think an option when new and this bargain costs another THOUSAND POUNDS!
Nothing against Brabus but the prices they charge seem to be ridiculously ridiculous.
Brabus include a step in warranty on cars within the manufacturers warranty period so the price isn't that unreasonable.

dukebox9reg

1,534 posts

121 months

Thursday 29th May 2014
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iloveboost said:
I just googled this the ECU, like many ECUs now, is encrypted. What Brabus did is used a piggyback tuning box with their own map and the cost is TWO THOUSAND POUNDS!
Getting the top speed raised is I think an option when new and this bargain costs another THOUSAND POUNDS!
Nothing against Brabus but the prices they charge seem to be ridiculously ridiculous.
They always say the next encrypted ECU will never be cracked. Nissan said it with the GTR, took 2 mins for the worlds tuners to crack that one. The current Bosch MK2 Cooper S Mini ECU is meant to be uncrackable, a couple of UK tuners have cracked that as well.

If the demand is out there tuners wont take long to get in. You'll then be paying 500 quid for the privilege not 2k (minus the warranty though)