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BRABUS 453 introduction 25 April

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Apparently the BRABUS version of the 453 is going to be introduced at the Beijing auto show later this month. It's expected to have 109 HP. This version is not expected in North America.

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If the 109 number is correct, one of the tuning boxes available will provide similar gains.

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I really don't understand why they won't let folks in North America order it. I guess there must be some non conforming issues with our regulations that are preventing it from happening.

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M-B does not want to spend the money to do all the extra testing. If they can only sell a few BRABUS 453 a year in Canada and the US, it is hard to justify.

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Yup. M-B has made the right choice economically and the wrong choice for enthusiasts.

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It costs several hundred thousand dollars to emissions-certify a powertrain. Look how tiny the sales volume is, even for the standard model.

At least the 453 comes with a turbo and evidently is capable of more than stock power output without a lot of modifications. The 451, you pretty much got what you got unless you want to spend thousands.

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A little detour from the topic.

Does GM, as an example only, have to certify each engine that they offer in a Carline such as the new Camaro?

It can be had in four,six and eight cylinders. Does each variation have to be tested and approved?

If so, getting back to Brabus, it would be hardly worth the expense just for the few they would sell here.

But then how many Rolls Royce's and Bentley's are sold here or some of those supercars?

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Yes, they do have to certify each engine option.

In the case of the Camaro, they sell a bajillion a year so the costs are recovered easily.

In the case of the exotics, the prices are so stupidly high that the ....costs are recovered easily.

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Just my opinion but Mercedes has the money - they simply aren't willing to spend it on the smart. :)

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You are correct...but with their car sales collapsing in the USA and China, for how much longer...?

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smarts been losing money from Daimler from the start. . just bring us fun sporty cars already because finically smart is buggered as is.

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A little detour from the topic.

Does GM, as an example only, have to certify each engine that they offer in a Carline such as the new Camaro?

It can be had in four,six and eight cylinders. Does each variation have to be tested and approved?

If so, getting back to Brabus, it would be hardly worth the expense just for the few they would sell here.

But then how many Rolls Royce's and Bentley's are sold here or some of those supercars?

GM doesn't have to go through the entire emissions protocol for an engine that is already certified in a different chassis. The 3.6 is in a bunch of Cadillacs, and SUV's in addition to the Camaro.

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They also have to crash test everything. I seem to recall reading that even a change in wheel offerings can necessitate a revised crash test.

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