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2005 Brabus CLS 55

When the new Mercedes CLS model series goes on sale in 2005, Brabus will be ready to offer an exclusive tuning program for the four-door coupe.

K8 Engine Program

With Brabus’ K8 tuning, power output of the CLS 55’s 5.5-liter supercharged V8 engine jumps from standard 476 hp / 350 kW to 530 hp / 390 kW at 6,400 rpm. Peak torque grows to 775 Nm at just 3,000 rpm. After the Brabus power infusion, the CLS 55 sprints to 100 km/h in just 4.3 seconds and passes the 200-km/h mark after exactly 13.6 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 310 km/h.

The enormous potential power of the K8 engines can be transferred to the road surface with the help of the Brabus self-locking differential with 40 percent slip.

A fully stainless steel exhaust system with four tailpipes is available for all CLS engines. The precisely calibrated exhaust systems optimize power and produce a more powerful sound.


Brabus designer’s developed sporty yet elegant aerodynamic package which was optimized in the wind tunnel. All body components for the CLS are manufactured from Pur-R-Rim in OEM quality.

The front spoiler is attached to the production bumper mounts and gives the CLS a more striking appearance. But that’s not all: Its shape also reduces lift on the front axle. As a counterpart, the rear spoiler lip not only emphasizes the rear, but improves directional stability by minimizing aerodynamic lift. Brabus’ headlamp inserts for the CLS front apron also serve as more than just a visual function: Two fog lamps and two auxiliary high beams provide improved roadway illumination.

Integrated entry lights are the most striking feature of the side sills for the CLS. Pulling on a door handle or operating the keyless-entry remote activates five LED lights on either side of the car. The lights illuminated the ground next to the vehicle for safe entering and exiting in the dark.

The rear apron provides a backdrop for the four tailpipes from sport exhaust system. Its integrated diffuser contributes to the refined aerodynamics concept.


Various Brabus suspension kits are available for all CLS models and are specifically calibrated for use with low-profile tires. Sport springs calibrated to the production shocks lower the ride height of the four-door by some 30 millimeters. Requests for an even sportier ride can be fulfilled with the Brabus sport suspension that combines the ride-height lowering with firmer yet comfortable damper settings. For CLS models equipped with Airmatic air suspension Brabus offers an electronic suspension module that lowers the ride height of the coupe by some 25 millimeters.

For reduced body roll in fast corners and even more precise turn-in Brabus offers the installation of custom sport sway bars in the CLS Coupe.

The powerful and fade-resistant Brabus high-performance brake systems are available in three different versions and harmonize with the SBC electronic brake technology.


Exclusive interior designs satisfy any customer request and are a Brabus specialty. The product line-up for the Mercedes CLS ranges from attractive accessories to custom-tailored interiors handcrafted from soft, breathable and durable Mastik leather or Alcantara.

The ergonomically shaped Brabus sport steering wheel is available in several versions with various leather/wood designs. It provides optimal grip and ensures a relaxed driving position on long-distance trips.

Sill plates with illuminated Brabus logo can add individual highlights as can the markedly sporty interior accessories: among them are aluminum components such as foot-pedal pads, door-lock pins and shift knob, or high-quality exposed carbon inserts for dashboard and center console.

In addition Brabus also offers a custom-tailored multimedia concept for the CLS Coupe that includes a DVD changer, game console and LCD monitors integrated into back of the front headrests.

In Detail

engine Supercharged Brabus K8 V8
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Supercharged
valvetrain SOHC w/3 Valves per Cyl
displacement 5439 cc / 331.9 in³
bore 97 mm / 3.82 in
stroke 92 mm / 3.62 in
compression 9.0:1
power 395.2 kw / 530 bhp @ 6400 rpm
specific output 97.44 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 306.36 bhp per tonne
torque 775 nm / 571.6 ft lbs @ 3000 rpm
body / frame Unit Steel
driven wheels RWD w/Brabus Self-Locking Differential
front tires 255/40-18
rear tires 285/35-18
front brakes AMG Ventilated Discs w/ABS, ESP
f brake size mm / in
rear brakes AMG Ventilated Discs w/ABS, ESP
r brake size mm / in
front wheels F 45.7 x 21.6 cm / 18.0 x 8.5 in
rear wheels R 45.7 x 24.1 cm / 18 x 9.5 in
steering AMG Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspension AMG 4-Link MacPherson Struts w/AIRMATIC DC, Brabus Sway Bar
r suspension AMG Multilink w/AIRMATIC DC, Brabus Sway Bar
curb weight 1730 kg / 3814 lbs
wheelbase 2854 mm / 112.4 in
front track 1593 mm / 62.7 in
rear track 1603 mm / 63.1 in
length 4913 mm / 193.4 in
width 1851 mm / 72.9 in
height 1978 mm / 77.9 in
transmission AMG 5-Speed Speedshift
gear ratios :1
top speed ~310 kph / 192.6 mph
0 – 60 mph ~4.2 seconds