Brabus K4 Short Test Drive

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Mercedes-Benz C 280 193hp W202

Brabus K4 Short Test

The Brabus K4 is essentially a kitted up W211 Mercedes Benz powered by the M271 4-cylinder 1.8 Kompresser engine tuned to and 260Nm of torque. This put it on par with a tuned up version of the engine in the E’s younger brother, the Benz C230K, though the has slightly more power. contributor Dr. S.P. Long with us his valuable views on the K4 from a “standard” W211 Benz E200K owner’s

An Obsidian black Mercedes-Benz with Kompressor, tweaked to 193bhp and 260Nm from its engine. Thats the much Brabus K4. A CBU Avantgarde Sport that has been transformed by the tuner into a meaner and sports saloon. At a premium of RM100k over the regular CKD I was lucky enough to have a good friends K4 and able to a comparison with my run-of-the-mill W211 E-Class Kompressor. are my inspiring findings from an as well as a Benz owners of view…

To begin with, the differences are on the outside. Of course, just once Ford used to say can have it in any shade as long as its this tuned-up E-Class sporty yet elegant in this dark metallic. Those a keen pair of eyes notice that the much three-pointed stars are replaced by (and flat!) ‘B badges both at front and Alloys are Brabus Monoblock wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero ZR18 rubbers. Wheel clearance are lesser, thanks to the Sports suspension. Meanwhile, the are wider at all 4 corners – with 7mm placed laterally to the disc all around.

Internally, the icing on the cake – as well as ergonomically – must be the Brabus Sports steering Its black and full leather – a welcomed change to the uncle-ish or brown ones with inserts. The rest of the stuffs and are pretty much Avantgarde issue e.g. Keyless-Go, roof et al.

Firing up the supercharged is no different from my regular There is also none of bombastic exhaust note or engine growl on the go. But let these not you because this car feels it can do sub-9secs to the century sprint anyday. Pelt the rev counter 3000rpm, and the remapped Kompressor ROCKS – all the way to redline!

One thing I cant fathom is the somewhat lethargic ‘lag 1800-2200rpm – depending on which you are in – which is still prevalent the works done by this tuning house. Having the entire local M271 Kompressor ‘variants (from the to C230K), I still find uncharacteristic supercharger lag rather at times. Nevertheless, this K4 is still addictively powerful you work that throttle – like an E200K with a engine! The 260Nm on tap is very when overtaking and gunning uphill. Steering is heavier while turning circle is with the widened tracks up The rack felt communicative and confidence-inspiring even at illegal I must say it even fared than the standard Parameter found in the newly launched The original Pirellis grip conviction around bends, taking up those yellow-painted strips in stride despite ultra-low profile. Surprisingly on the run too!

Take this K4 right a corner – brake just a before you enter – smoothly into the apex and push the gas as you exit wider, the RWD dynamics in with the stiffer dampers sure put a smile on your Yes, it was truly sweet this recalibrated K4 seemed to done just that a tad more finesse than my E200K. Tracking stability and composure are also better my ‘normal E, albeit just I reckoned.

Another wonderful must be the still supple and damping despite running on wheels and uprated springs. Its comfortable up front with just a little more for the rear guys (and over really bad ruts or Riding over the speed is where the glaring differences Elegance and Avantgarde suspensions are seen clearly. There has many a complaints in auto regarding this hi-spec suspension noises. Since K4 is basically Avantgarde-spec sprung – revised damper rates and springs by Brabus – I too noticed a low decibel suspension rebound when gliding faster bigger road humps. A fault by engineering design I

Stopping the K4 is very reassuring Typical of the W211s SBC, provides a strong bite at the yet at the same time theres a progressive feel at pedal. Of there are concerns about the and reliability of this Boschs brake system, but thats story…probably for a running report

I ended this almost two drive with a glee on my having tested a truly luxury sports saloon would be great chomping highway miles at high with ease – in style and in And also quite at home away on some B-roads if where your destination you.

Mercedes-Benz C 280 193hp W202

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