Mercedes C-Class gets performance tweaks with Brabus B30 and D30 models

The current Mercedes C-Class is one of the most luxurious and comfortable compact executive cars on sale, but that didn’t stop Brabus, Mercedes’ longtime specialist tuner, from making changes in the name of performance.

This is not the first time that Brabus has faced a Mercedes C-Class with the C 3.6 from 1988 representing the first time that Brabus turned his head towards the sedan. Since then we have seen Brabus modify various iterations of the already tuned AMG C-Class, including the 2012 ‘Brabus Bullit Coupé 800’ with 780PS V12 biturbo engine.

This pair of new Brabus-modded C-Class cars highlight the more subdued side of the scale; With the full version AMG C 63 not yet launched, the current C 300 petrol and C 300 d diesel, both in saloon and wagon versions, form the basis of the latest Brabus creations.

The bar for badging looks identical. On the outside, Brabus has kept it subtle with fins on the lower corners of the front bumper, side skirts, and a new spoiler on the trunk lid, all of which help reduce lift at high speeds, says Brabus. There are also new LED fog lights and the cars’ quad exhaust tips are finished in black chrome. Brabus forged wheels finished in exclusive “Signature Black” complete the exterior look.

The new Brabus B30 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 296 hp and 450 Nm of torque (42 hp and 50 Nm more than the C 300). This results in a 0-100km/h time of 5.8 seconds, 0.2 seconds quicker than the standard car on which it is based. Top speed remains at 155 mph.

The diesel-powered D30 uses the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine from the C 300 d and, like the B30, receives a power increase, this time to 306 hp and 600 Nm of torque. Once again, the 0-100km/h time is shaved 0.2 seconds and the D30 takes 5.6 seconds in the benchmark sprint. Power from both drivetrains is sent to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Chassis tweaks are limited, but Brabus has fitted sport springs for the suspension, meaning ride height can be lowered by up to 30 millimeters. It is not yet clear if this adjustment is a direct result of the new springs or if it can be dialed in manually or electronically.

Brabus has outfitted both the B30 and D30 with their ‘Masterpiece interior’. This includes carbon fiber door sill trims with illuminated Brabus logos, aluminum pedals and Brabus floor mats.

Pricing for both cars hasn’t been announced, but we’d expect them to cost a lot more than the C 300 and C 300 d’s respective starting prices of £44,595 and £47,000.

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