Brabus Mercedes CLA revealed

The Mercedes CLA saloon gets the Brabus styling treatment and a hike to 242bhp

The new Mercedes CLA has been given the Brabus treatment. Effectively an A-class saloon, the CLA’s styling apes its four-door coupe big brother, the CLS, with a swoopy body smothering a front-wheel-drive chassis.

The Brabus CLA makeover is relatively restrained (especially compared to the Brabus 800 Roadster), currently amounting to new alloy wheel designs – five different ones, available in 18 or 19in sizes – as well as quad exhaust pipes and lower sports suspension. While no interior pictures have yet been unveiled, Brabus will tailor the CLA’s inner quarters to the buyer’s content.

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Performance can be boosted, too, a quirkily named ‘PowerXtra’ kit massaging the Mercedes CLA250’s 2-litre turbo four petrol engine from 208 to 242bhp while the torque figure climbs from 258 to 284lb ft. The regular CLA250’s 149mph top speed and 6.7sec 0-62 time should therefore see slight improvements.

Prices haven’t yet been revealed, but these tweaks are likely to take the CLA250’s price tag past £30,000.

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