Would you spend $90,000 on a Brabus A-Class?
No, you did not misread the title. Brabus recently unveiled a tuned version of the Mercedes-AMG A35 4MATIC dubbed the "B35S" and it has an asking price of €79,500 ($86,000 USD). We are talking brand new C63 S money for a modified A35 with an extra 44hp and 44lb-ft (60Nm) of torque. Brabus are well renowned for creating some of the best modified cars on the road today, but is the B35S truly worth 1.6x more than the standard car?
What is the under the bonnet?
The A35 uses a 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 that produces 302hp and 295lb-ft (400Nm) of torque, enough to throw the five door hatchback to 62mph in just 4.7 seconds. The value proposition is already starting to fall apart at €47,000. Brabus then applied their PowerXtra B 35 tuning kit, which is said to provide high-performance mapping and increase boost pressure. The final result is 365hp and 359lb-ft (487Nm) of torque with a claimed 0-62mph of 4.4 seconds, 0.3s less than the standard car.
What other changes are made?
The B35S is fitted with a Brabus roof spoiler, front skirt-addon, valve-controlled exhaust system and a set of Monoblock T wheels. The cabin also receives some treatment, including an illuminated door sill with 64 different colours along with Brabus-branded shift paddles and floormats. If you want to go even further, Brabus will create a tailored interior to your taste using their Mastik leather and Alcantara for an extra cost.
What are your thoughts on the B35S?
All in all, Brabus never seem to disappoint with the vehicles they create. They're either ludicrously powerful, ultra-luxurious or both. The €28,000 ($30,000) package of modifications on the B35S would be suitable for the more expensive AMG GT R or the E63 S, but on the entry-level AMG they seem a tad out of place.
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