Mercedes isn't exactly known for creating slow cars, and there's always an AMG option for those who want more power. But for the team of tuners at Brabus, those efforts serve as a base for even meaner, madder creations. Its latest offering is unusually restrained in the engine stakes, but adds a pinch of power and a shake of extra visual drama to the E-Class Estate.
Rather than offering one option with a gigantic engine, Brabus is pitching its E-Class Estate upgrades as a plug-and-play tuning package that can be applied across the range. The base E200 can be boosted to 165 kW (225 hp) and 330 Nm of torque, while the E250 makes 175 kW of power and a healthy 384 Nm of twist. These upgrades don't involve any mechanical changes to the engines, just a few tweaks to the engine control unit (ECU). Brabus says that for better long-term reliability, the extra power and torque are only available when certain parameters, such as temperature, are met.
The range-topping E43 AMG can also be boosted from 295 kW (401 hp) to 331 kW (444 hp). It'll hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.4 seconds, with an electrically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph), which is more than enough to scare the children and dog on an autobahn run.
Anyone desperate for a faster diesel will be pleased to know Brabus also offers plug-and-play tuning packages for the E220d and E350d, liberating an extra 20 kW (27 hp) and 37 kW (51 hp) of power, respectively. The E350d also gains a handy 100 Nm more torque, with peak twist now pegged at 720 Nm.
To make sure the regular Mercedes owners you're blasting past on the highway know your car has been fettled, a range of add-on bodykits is on offer for the E-Class Estate. A fresh nose, complete with broader air intakes and a deeper splitter, makes the car look a bit more aggressive. Cars already fitted with the AMG Line package get a unique face, while all models will be available with a diffuser and quad exhaust.
The whole package sits on a set of monoblock wheels, available in sizes between 18 and 21-inches. They'll be matched with tires from Continental, Pirelli and Yokohama, depending on size. Combined with the 30-mm (1.2-in) drop afforded by unique air suspension, they make for a much meaner family hauler.
Brabus is yet to release pricing details for its E-Class Estate upgrade packages.