With 367 PS and 520 Nm (383 lb-ft) of torque already on tap, the Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG 4MATIC is a prime candidate for a little bit of Brabus magic.
By integrating a new plug-and-play tuning module into the engine electronics of the C450's 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6, Brabus has managed to add an extra 43 PS and 50 Nm (36 lb-ft), which will help the "almost-flagship" C-Class hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.6 seconds, approximately 0.3 seconds quicker than before.
Top speed also increases from 250 km/h (155 mph) to 280 km/h (174 mph), on top of which, customers will get some much needed peace of mind through Brabus' 3-year/100,000 km (62,000 miles) warranty - which matters when there's tinkering being done to your engine.
Other mods include the quad-sport exhaust system with active butterfly vales, 19" tailor-made wheels, a new body kit and some new interior bits we'll get into in a second. Before any of that, we need to point out that according to Brabus, the added power is felt across the entire rev range and that once you start paying attention to the fuel consumption, you'll notice it's gone down thanks to the optimized in-gear acceleration.
The exterior of the C450 now features a custom front spoiler, a rear diffuser, rear spoiler and 19" Brabus Monoblock S wheels, while the interior can also be customized with accessories such as aluminum pedals, high-quality floor mats, exclusive Brabus leather, Alcantara, plus either wood or carbon trim sets - depending on the owner's preferences.
The fact that this car comes so close to the old W204 C63 AMG in terms of performance figures is very impressive, especially when you take into account the fact that this is a 3.0 liter V6 and old C63 was powered by a massive 6.2-liter V8.