Mercedes-Benz is known as one of top car brands in the world today. Every single part of the vehicle is put together with great care to create a fine-tuned, premium driving experience. But for some drivers, even a stock Mercedes-Benz is not high-end enough.
That’s where aftermarket companies like Brabus and others come into play. Today’s aftermarket manufacturers can take your Mercedes-Benz to a whole new level through their complex interior, exterior and performance modifications.
To give you an idea of the numerous modifications that are available today, let’s take a look at how Brabus turned a standard Mercedes-Benz CLS Class (C218) into the Brabus 800 Rocket. We’ll then get into some of the more popular Mercedes-Benz modifications that are available from a variety of aftermarket manufacturers today.
The Fastest Street Legal Sedan You Can Buy
Brabus is well-known for creating ridiculously fast vehicles. The company holds multiple world records for speed and the Brabus 800 Rocket continues this tradition. When you take your existing Mercedes-Benz vehicle into an aftermarket company, you can modify just about everything under the hood.
In this case, the Brabus 800 Rocket was outfitted with a V12 Biturbo engine capable of producing 800 horsepower. The vehicle can reach a top speed of 230 miles per hour and accelerates from 0 to 186 miles per hour in just 23.8 seconds.
In order to accomplish this ridiculous level of speed, Brabus went to work using the latest Mercedes-Benz 600 engines as their starting point. Using state of the art machining processes, the company was able to create a displacement increase from 5.5 liters to 6.3 liters. This included installing a special crankshaft with a longer stroke and larger, forged pistons as well as an increase in cylinder bore throughout the engine.
In order to make sure this powerful engine had enough oxygen to get the job done, the hood of the vehicle was completely reworked to include a carbon-fiber ram-air intake system that uses slits to generate the combustion air the system needs.
Adding Electronics is the Most Popular Interior Modification
If you are interested in getting your feet wet within the Mercedes-Benz aftermarket but you don’t need an engine worthy of a race car under the hood, a good place to start might be with some interior modifications.
A common starting point would be to upgrade the standard Mercedes-Benz COMMAND module with something a bit more powerful. For example, it’s possible today to get a console with a huge screen that runs Android OS installed. From there, you will have access to the Google Play store and all of the apps that come with it.
Of course, we don’t recommend streaming Netflix or playing a game while you are moving down the road, but if you are traveling with a passenger or children, having the equivalent of an Android tablet built right into your Mercedes-Benz can be quite convenient.
Other ideas include installing a desktop computer into the center console and then wiring a monitor into the back of the driver’s seat, complete with a keyboard that drops down like a tray on an airplane.
Aside from adding electronics, another popular interior modification is to upgrade the standard leather with something a little more elegant. Brabus’s configurator should give you an idea of what is possible. Everything from the seating to the dashboard can be covered in quilted leather or Alcantara.
A Different Vehicle for Every Customer
Brabus turning a C218 into the 800 Rocket is just one specific example of what is possible today. Obviously, not every Mercedes-Benz owner is going to require a vehicle capable of topping out at 230 miles per hour. The point is, as long as the customer has the time and money, there are very few limitations with what can be done today by aftermarket Mercedes-Benz manufacturers. Two drivers who both have the same model Mercedes-Benz could end up with two very different looking vehicles by the time everything is said and done.
The bottom line here is there really is no limit to what is possible. While many aftermarket manufacturers build specific models, most are willing to work on custom designs for individual drivers.