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Old 10-29-2010, 03:16 PM   #1
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Question C55 Brabus?

Hi! I'm currently searching for a C55 and I came across one that is Brabus badged.

Were there C55s that orginally came out Brabus badged from the factory?

Basically, I just wanted to know if this was just originally a C55 AMG that was Brabus moded by the owner or if there were really C55 Brabus tuned ones that came out badged from the factory.

Current owner (2nd), doesn't know the history of the car. He already got the car that way and didn't bother finding out this info from the original owner.

My apologies if this sounds like a dumb question but I've never owned a Merc before, so I'm not yet familiar with them.
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No. It is an after-market badge. AMG cars are never badged with brabus out of the factory. Brabus is a separate tuner. They did do a W203 called the C V8, but it was not based on the C55. C55 came later.

Good luck, the C55 is an awesome and unique car.
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Hi! I'm currently searching for a C55 and I came across one that is Brabus badged.

Were there C55s that orginally came out Brabus badged from the factory?

Basically, I just wanted to know if this was just originally a C55 AMG that was Brabus moded by the owner or if there were really C55 Brabus tuned ones that came out badged from the factory.

Current owner (2nd), doesn't know the history of the car. He already got the car that way and didn't bother finding out this info from the original owner.

My apologies if this sounds like a dumb question but I've never owned a Merc before, so I'm not yet familiar with them.

Probably "Brabus" in name ONLY. There's many of them out there (poseurs) and you can even find ALL of the Brabus badges on fleabay!!

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No. It is an after-market badge. AMG cars are never badged with brabus out of the factory. Brabus is a separate tuner. They did do a W203 called the C V8, but it was not based on the C55. C55 came later.
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Old 10-29-2010, 07:06 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info guys!

I'm not sure if it's still possible nowadays, but back then you could order your bnew Merc from Brabus directly right? And what happens is that Brabus purchases the specific car from MB and customizes it in-house then delivers it to the customer. So essentially you have a Brabus tuned/badged Merc from day 1.

Apart from the badge, it has this set of Brabus wheels. I'm hoping that the suspension and engine are Brabus tuned as well.



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i'm sure there's lot of "self-badged" cars out there.

mine is a MBZ C55 w/ Brabus mods (no motor), it was delivered to MB-New Port Beach (Fletcher-Jones) then sent to Brabus-North America-New Port beach for springs, wheels & appearence (badging, back lit door sills), but it is registered as a MBZ in CA

My understanding, in europe, you could buy a car "manufactured"/registered as a Brabus (rather than MBZ). Don't know that the US recognizes them as a OE or allows it's import.
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i'm sure there's lot of "self-badged" cars out there.

mine is a MBZ C55 w/ Brabus mods (no motor), it was delivered to MB-New Port Beach (Fletcher-Jones) then sent to Brabus-North America-New Port beach for springs, wheels & appearence (badging, back lit door sills), but it is registered as a MBZ in CA

My understanding, in europe, you could buy a car "manufactured"/registered as a Brabus (rather than MBZ). Don't know that the US recognizes them as a OE or allows it's import.
The same exact scenario on my car. Where can I buy more Brabus body work parts? I went on their website and could not find anything for the C55.
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at least they look like real, multi-piece brabus wheels
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at least they look like real, multi-piece brabus wheels
So the one in the pic is fake? How were you able to tell? Are there fake multi-piece reps?
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The same exact scenario on my car. Where can I buy more Brabus body work parts? I went on their website and could not find anything for the C55.
front bumper, search for CLK W209 bumper.

rear bumper, regular rear Brabus bumper will do. just need to custom cut the opening for the right side.

side: brabus has no side skirt other than puddle lights.

steering wheel, shifter, floor mats, etc are all the same with the rest of the 203.
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So the one in the pic is fake? How were you able to tell? Are there fake multi-piece reps?
I think he was saying, it at least "looks real" from the pic. Brabus's MB wheels are some of the most copied designs. Almost impossible to tell from a picture if they're authentic, or replica.

Best case, you have a Brabus-tuned and modified C55.

Worst case, you have a C55 with a replica badge and replica wheels from fleabay.

You could probably call Brabus NA, give them your VIN, and they'll be able to search to see if they ever worked on your car directly.

Also (although I don't know for certain), an authetic Brabus wheel probably has their name/logo stamped on the back somewhere. So that's something you could check, when you feel like jacking it up and taking a wheel off.
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I was looking at a 2010 GLK recently in Valencia CA and it had the running boards, wheels and the ECU was flashed along with a BRABUS badge on the right rear of the truck. I called BRABUS here in L.A. and sent him a pic of the GLK. He immediately said that it was no BRABUS and that BRABUS doesn't put their badge on the right side of the car. I didn't know that but that's what the guy at BRABUS told me. The truck was sold by MB of Valencia.
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I was looking at a 2010 GLK recently in Valencia CA and it had the running boards, wheels and the ECU was flashed along with a BRABUS badge on the right rear of the truck. I called BRABUS here in L.A. and sent him a pic of the GLK. He immediately said that it was no BRABUS and that BRABUS doesn't put their badge on the right side of the car. I didn't know that but that's what the guy at BRABUS told me. The truck was sold by MB of Valencia.
they can slap the badge any where they want. doesn't mean it doesn't have what the dealer is advertising.

Brabus indeed doesn't put badge on the right. if it's done at Brabus.

Brabus USA is stupid anyway...all down hill after taken over by CEC.
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they can slap the badge any where they want. doesn't mean it doesn't have what the dealer is advertising.

Brabus indeed doesn't put badge on the right. if it's done at Brabus.

Brabus USA is stupid anyway...all down hill after taken over by CEC.
+1 on the badging Frank, I see it all the time with Brabus, Evosport and yes, even AMG badges being purchased from fleabay and then being put on the car. Can anyone say "poseur?"

Brabus did a CAR that was highly modded and so was the price........................

Oh and FWIW, Brabus has been tuning Teslas, Smarts and everything else under the sun.
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So the one in the pic is fake? How were you able to tell? Are there fake multi-piece reps?
Here's the real deal CV8, it's a built to order cars, it's pretty darn special.
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Brabus CV8 ...

Just incase, to verify the specs of a REAL BRABUS, it does... this, without hiccups all the time...
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The 6.1 is as the specs said by EVOII, but there's a scarier version 6.1s different cams, a bit more aggressive. All in all, a joy to drive
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i'm sure there's lot of "self-badged" cars out there.

mine is a MBZ C55 w/ Brabus mods (no motor), it was delivered to MB-New Port Beach (Fletcher-Jones) then sent to Brabus-North America-New Port beach for springs, wheels & appearence (badging, back lit door sills), but it is registered as a MBZ in CA

My understanding, in europe, you could buy a car "manufactured"/registered as a Brabus (rather than MBZ). Don't know that the US recognizes them as a OE or allows it's import.
My vehicle is the exact same as yours from Fletcher Jones!
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Can you post more pics of your hood. I want to do the hood vents on my car, but I have no idea where to start.

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I wonder if he could replacing his pistons with 55k pistons would lower his compression ratio, allowing him to run boost safely.
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