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Brabus tunes the Mercedes-Benz SLK for more power, better handling

Fri, 05 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0700

Mercedes-Benz tuner Brabus is going to work on the new SLK200 and SLK250 roadsters, adding some power, exterior modifications and suspension upgrades.

The four-cylinder SLKs aren't for sale in the United States right now, but the SLK250 is scheduled to arrive by February 2012. Currently no kits are offered for the V6-powered SLK350.

The job starts with an aero kit. Brabus adds two front spoiler lips to the underside of the apron and new bezels to the daytime running lights. Side sill attachments add to the sportiness, while a custom rear spoiler sits on the trunk.

Brabus bolts on its Monoblock F wheels, ranging in size from 17 inches to 20 inches. Sport springs are added that work with the stock shocks and lower the car by 1.2 inches.

Once the ride is buttoned down, Brabus connects a plug-and-play auxiliary control module to the computer to add 26 hp in both the SLK200 and the SLK250. An additional 10 hp can be found with a larger intercooler and sport wastegate valve that are part of the Brabus ECO PowerXtra kit. With both upgrades, the SLK250 can get from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds.

The company also offers stainless-steel exhaust options and interior upgrades with stainless-steel scuff plates and other sporty touches.

The basic B20 and B25 kits for the SLK200 and the SLK250 are $1,830, while the upgraded B20 S and B25 S kits are $2,765 for either model.

By Jake Lingeman