Funny, really; all the concerns raised about AMG tinkering with A-Classes, as raised in Sam's A35 drive, must apply to Brabus as well. Here's a company whose reputation is built on V8 and V12 'bahnstormers, now forced to embrace a downsized, four-cylinder way of thinking. And in a fortunate bit of timing - that's what we'll assume it is, at least - Brabus's latest work has been released at the same moment as the world learns what an AMG A35 is like.
First surprise? It's not as powerful. No doubt more potent versions will arrive in time, but for now a Mercedes A250 with the Brabus 'PowerXtra B25 S' performance upgrade is making 270hp - 36hp less than the AMG equivalent. However, it does best the A35 on torque, 317lb ft playing 295. It should be a 155mph car too, with 62mph coming up in 5.9 seconds - presumably that's for a front-wheel drive A250, with the kit available for the 4Matic version also.
Elsewhere the Brabus tweaks are cosmetic: a little more carbon here, some more exhaust tip there - you know the score by now. A range of wheel upgrades are also on offer, with Brabus engineers and test drivers said to have developed bespoke tyre and wheel combinations for anything from 17- to 20-inches. Note too the bodykit, comprising a two-piece front spoiler, a roof airfoil for "optimal aerodynamic balance" (useful on a 270hp road car), a diffuser insert at the back and bespoke exhaust cut-outs for the four (!) outlets. Brabus says the tips are "an extravagant visual treat."
The interior can also be jazzed up in typically Brabus fashion, with Mastik leather, "high-quality velour floor mats" and as much Alcantara as you could ever wish for. Apparently it can be all leather, if you wish... Prices haven't yet been released by Brabus, though the latest range of A-Class accessories are on sale now. There's even a three-year, 62,000-mile warranty - what's to stop you?