The auto industry is heading in new directions, which means tuners can’t be far behind. Even so, we didn’t expect Brabus – home to a range of 900-horsepower supercar tracks called “Superblack” – to be among the first to revamp its brand conversions. The German tuner has created a new body kit for the battery-electric Mercedes-Benz EQS 450 focusing on range rather than power. The sedan’s standard 355 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque don’t change. Brabus said range estimates of 380 to 457 miles on the European WLTP cycle have improved by up to 7% at speeds between 60 and 87 mph, however. Given a long ride on the freeway, that could mean a healthy extension of between 407 and 489 miles of range.
The extra distance, thanks to a drag coefficient reduced by the same percentage, makes the EQS as slippery as the GM EV1 and Volkswagen XL1 on the highway.
The improvements come via a bodykit that includes a new front spoiler and new side intakes, wind deflectors on the wheel arches, a new spoiler on the decklid and a remodeled rear diffuser. Brabus engineers also programmed the sedan’s air suspension to drop 0.6 inches in front and 0.8 inches behind, and bolted a 22-inch Brabus Monoblok wheelset wrapped in 255/35 tires up front and 295/30 tires. behind. That’s a big leap in quality over the stock, both for the size of the wheels and the width of the tires. On the European showroom floor, the EQS 450 is mounted on 19-inch wheels wearing 235/55 rubber all around. As with all things Brabus, the customer has options when it comes to wheels, but we feel that switching to a tuner 10-spoke wheel set will eat up some in the range.
The basic sedan costs € 111,134 before options in Germany. Brabus charges € 173,890 ($ 178,378 US) for its version, which is now open to orders.