Is this what the future of tuning looks like?

    Tuning company Brabus has revealed a set of modifications for the single-motor Mercedes-Benz EQS 450+ electric liftback that don’t change the powertrain, but instead make it more aerodynamic to free up extra range.

    Brabus took its modified EQS 450+ to a wind tunnel and found its coefficient of drag was improved by 7.2 per cent.

    It’s worth noting the EQS is already one of the most aerodynamic vehicles on sale, with a drag coefficient value of 0.20.

    Brabus says with the lower drag, the modified EQS 450+ can travel 7.0 per cent further in the 100-140km/h speed range on average than the standard car. Claimed range for the EQS 450+ is already up to 770km according to WLTP testing.

    As part of the kit, the firm offers a new ECU module dubbed the Airmatic Sports Unit to lower the air suspension at the front by 15mm, and the rear by 25mm.

    It also offers forged monoblock wheels in various designs and sizes ranging from 20- to 22-inches, tucked 15mm further into the front wheel arches and 20mm at the rear.

    There’s a new carbon fibre front lip reducing front axle lift by 100 per cent, according to wind tunnel testing conducted by Brabus, as well as carbon trim for the side air intakes in the front fascia that channel air to the radiators and front brakes.

    At the rear are carbon air deflectors installed at the front of the arches, a diffuser, as well as a spoiler.

    Brabus offers aluminium pedals, stainless steel illuminated side sill scuff plates, as well as a special floor and boot mats. The German tuning firm also notes “individual wishes can be fulfilled in-house” with its upholstery shop.

    Brabus has a long history with aerodynamic modifications, including a Guinness World Record in 1985 with a Mercedes-Benz W124 sedan. It had a drag coefficient of 0.26, making it the slipperiest production sedan in the world at the time.

    More recently, Brabus has been branching out from its speciality of Mercedes-Benz tuning and has tuned a Porsche 911 Turbo and Taycan, as well as Rolls-Royce Ghost.

    The German tuning firm also recently revealed a very limited production off-road dune racer called the Crawler that channels the looks of a hotted-up G-Wagen.

    Limited to 15 units worldwide, the Brabus Crawler has been specially designed for off-road action and isn’t certified for public road use.

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    Jack Quick

    Jack Quick is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne. Jack studied journalism and photography at Deakin University in Burwood, and previously represented the university in dance nationally. In his spare time, he loves to pump Charli XCX and play a bit of Grand Theft Auto. He’s also the proud owner of a blue, manual 2020 Suzuki Jimny.

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