Click to enlarge

Brabus has introduced its ECO PowerXtra D6S performance kit on the new Mercedes-Benz S 350 BlueTEC, making it the world’s first tuned car to meet the new Euro VI exhaust emission standard.

The kit delivers an additional 55 hp of power in the V6 turbodiesel and develops a peak torque of 690 Nm (509 lb-ft), but more significantly, in emission testing required for certification, the vehicle remained below the Euro VI limits by 30%, even though VI isn’t coming into effect until 2014.


Click to enlarge

Designed as a plug-and-play device and integrated into the CAN data bus of the luxury sedan, the D6S auxiliary control unit can also be installed in the 4MATIC four-wheel-drive version.

The ECO PowerXtra D6S kit comes with a very special feature. The extent of the performance increase is dependent on the selected shift mode of the 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission. In ‘Eco’ mode, the maximum power output of the engine remains unchanged, but peak torque jumps from standard 620 Nm to 690 Nm between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm. Upon switching to ‘Manual’ or ‘Sport’ mode the increase in torque is accompanied by an increase in maximum power output from 258 hp to 313 hp at a low 3,600 rpm.


Click to enlarge

In this configuration, the tuned S 350 does the 0-100 kph sprint in just 6.5 seconds, half a second faster than the production car. Top speed is limited electronically to 250 kph.

Special versions of the D6S performance kit are also available for all four body styles of the E 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY and new CLS 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY.