When I think of tuned Mercedes-Benz vehicles, Brabus is usually first name that comes to mind but the folks over at Vath also have some nifty packages available. The latest one that caught my attention is the performance package for the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake which boosts the power up to an insane 834 horsepower and a top speed of 218 mph.
The current 5.5-liter bi-turbo engine puts down 518hp and 550hp on the Performance Package model which is plenty of power for most but not everybody is so easy to please. This is where Vath comes in to not only enhance the performance but adds additional styling with their upgrade package.
No word on whether the V63RS engine kit is available for the Performance Package offered by Mercedes but it is applicable to the regular model as well as the “S” versions. The performance kit includes overhauled turbochargers, upgraded cooling system, improved downpipe system, and an ECU upgrade which allows the engine to peak at 834 horsepower and a very, very respectable 870 lb-ft of torque.
In order to achieve a top speed of 218 mph, Vath techicians remove the speed limiter on the Mercedes CLS. Can you imagine your wife driving your offspring to their soccer practice in this 218mph station wagon? I’m sure the kids would love it!
Other upgrades in the package include a suspension upgrade which lowers the ride height by 20 to 40mm while riding on 20-inch allow wheels wrapped in 265/30ZR20 up front and 305/25ZR20 at the rear. Increased power also means more stopping power is needed so the brakes are upgraded to 405mm disks for the front wheels. Other extras include a carbon fiber spoiler, rear diffuser, and small interior trim pieces as well as a new sports steering wheel.
The engine tune alone will set you back just over $61,000. The cost of other upgrades mentioned here are unknown at the time. Is the $61,000 engine tune worth it? Not to me but the Vath’s clientele probably won’t be losing much sleep over the invoice.
** THIS ARTICLE WAS UPDATED ON 12-25-2017