Last week around this time, I wrote up a 850 horsepower Brabus-modified E63 Estate. In the realm of nutty cars, it would be certainly barred from coming near any schools for fear of anaphylaxis of the entire student body. It was also the best part of a third of a million dollars, more money than most of America will ever dream of having at one time and even in New England, an amount that would get you a nice home. But in that post, our reader Craig posted a link to a much more affordable option; a W124 300TE Estate modified by Brabus for sale in Germany. Does it scratch the itch or do you need an EpiPen?
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We’re pretty much all big fans of fast wagons at German Cars For Sale Blog, but over the past few years the number of offerings has steadily dried up. We’ve never received the hot versions of the M5 Touring or RS6 Avant, for example, and steadily even the quick versions of the Audi and Volkswagen wagons have left these shores too. That leaves fast wagon fans to look towards only two places in the last few years; Cadillac, oddly, with the CTS-V wagon and the last German holdout, Mercedes-Benz. It’s somewhat odd that Mercedes-Benz has upped the nuttiness in its large E-class wagon too, since it never really took part in the original Wagon Wars between its countrymen. True, there were some limited number AMG conversions done in the late 80s/early 90s, but for the most part Mercedes-Benz had stayed away until recently. Then, a few years ago, it started offering AMG-enhanced versions of the E-Class Estate; first in 55, then later 63 form. If you can get by the strange numbering system that doesn’t correspond to the actual engine under the hood, that leaves you with one of the fastest wagons made out of the box. Walk down to your local Mercedes-Benz dealer and you can order up one of these W212 Estates with a staggering 577 horsepower in “S” form. That was a true supercar number not very long ago, but it comes wrapped in the guise of a sensible wagon with all-wheel drive and a slick 7-speed automatic transmission. Of course, it’s heavy…so it only does 0-60 runs in 3.6 seconds. That means you won’t be able to keep up with your neighbor’s new BMW M6 Gran Coupe, which does the run in 3.1 seconds. Time to hit the Brabus gym, then…
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2014 Brabus 850 on Brabus.com
I know that we don’t spend much time on newer Mercedes-Benz products. Well, truth told we don’t spend much time on any newer cars. There are a few reasons; for one, they’re more readily available. I mean, pop on eBay right now and you can have your choice of color, transmission, year, wheel selection and packages of any newer Porsche, BMW, Audi or Mercedes-Benz. So it takes something special for them to stand out a bit for us to take notice. Unfortunately, in my mind most newer Mercedes-Benz models stick out for all of the wrong reasons. Have you ever seen one of those commercials for a local ‘Octoberfest’ celebration? Predictably, they have some poor interpretation of an Oom-pah band in traditional clothing playing a semi-Germanic tune. It always seems a bit forced, much like humor coming from a native German. To me, the newer Mercedes-Benz products are like those commercials. “Ja, of course vee are German!” they seem to shout – while to me, the still retain vestiges of the merger with Chrysler. They’re a bit ostentatious, and while I know they’re motivated by some serious Nimitz-class firepower it just doesn’t really make them appealing to me.
It wasn’t always this way. Go back a generation or two and the cars were still much more refined. I wouldn’t describe them all as the most attractive cars that were on the market, but they retained the understated approach that made Mercedes-Benz famous. In fact, you had to bring your Merc to a tuner to make it ostentatious back in the 1990s. One of the best at making over-the-top Mercedes back then was Brabus. So what do you get when you take an already over-the-top CLS63 AMG and let bonkers Brabus breath on it today?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2012 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Brabus B63 on eBay
For today’s Wednesday Wheels I have some more affordable options and some of my favorite aftermarket wheels. I’ve been neglecting Brabus for Mercedes-Benz, but they make some great looking wheels that are just subtle enough to look slightly different than stock but more aggressive. It’s an understated look that can really dress the car up. I love the BBS Mahle wheels in the right offset on early BMWs, even if they are only 14″ wheels. Try getting good tires for those today! The Speedline MIM wheels are some of my favorites and rare to see, and I just love how those Empi wheels look on early VWs. Another rare set is the Fittipaldi/OZ 3-piece wheels, though they may be better suited to a track car. All of these are cool to see for one reason or another – what’s your favorite?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: Speedline MIM 16×7.5,8.5 5×112 Wheels on eBay
If last week’s brace of RennTechs left you feeling a little poor and lacking horsepower in your daily driver, today’s Tuner Tuesday hopes to offer you some more affordable – albeit not as powerful – options. So, if you don’t need a 700 horsepower daily driver, perhaps these great options from Alpina and Brabus are the perfect solution. Both are impeccably presented, not something you’d see every day, and will truly make you feel special no matter what your destination is. Let’s start with the newer Alpina B7 in signature Alpina Blue:
Model: B7 SWB
Engine: 4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 9,800 mi
Price: $87,800 Buy It Now
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2012 Alpina B7 on Ebay
2012 BMW 7 Series ALPINA B7 SWB
Super Loaded 2012 BMW Alpina B7 RWD SWB with only 9k miles!!
Alpina Blue over Oyster/Black Nappa Leather!
* ALPINA Aerodynamic Body Kit!
* ALPINA Sport Suspension with Dynamic Damping Control!
* Head-Up Display!
* Rear-View Camera!
* Active Roll Stabilization!
* Power Tailgate!
* Comfort Access Keyless Entry!
* Soft Close Automatic Doors!
* Ceramic Controls!
* Power Rear & Side shades!
* Active Front Seats!
* BMW Apps!
* Alcantara Headliner!
* ALPINA Piano Black Trim!
* 21″ Alpina Classic Wheels!
* Premium Hi Fi System!
* Satellite Radio!
* iPOD & USB Adapter!
* Park Distance Control!
* Heated Rear Seats!
* Carfax Certified! Clean Carfax!
* In Business since 1994! Buy with Confidence!
* We welcome all trades!
12 GB hard drive w/USB port
Auxiliary input located inside center console
Entertainment server 12 GB hard drive w/USB port for media transfer
AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: auto-store, FM diversity antenna
Illuminated exterior door handles & ground illumination
Xenon automatic adaptive headlights -inc: dynamic auto-leveling, cornering lights, corona rings
Pathway lighting feature, programmable via vehicle & key memory
Pwr 2-way tilt/slide glass moonroof w/key-off & “one-touch” operation, sunshade, wind deflector
Automatic trunk lid open/close
Pwr trunk lid w/push-button close
Body-color exterior door handles
Free-form halogen foglights
Power adjustable, power-folding, heated, auto-dimming, body-color side-view mirrors -inc: 2-position memory, RH automatic tilt-down in reverse
Pwr adjustable, pwr-folding, heated, auto-dimming, body-color side-view mirrors -inc: 2-position memory, RH automatic tilt-down in reverse
Automatic trunk lid opening & closing
Body-color pwr folding heated auto-dimming mirrors -inc: 2-position memory, RH automatic tilt-down in reverse
Pwr soft-close automatic doors
Body-color roof trim strips
Intermittent rain-sensing windshield wipers w/adjustable & vehicle-speed-sensitive wiping interval, single-wipe control, windshield-washer system w/heated washer jets
Fineline high-gloss wood trim (N/A w/ZI1 BMW Individual Composition)
Hard drive-based navigation system -inc: voice-command & Real Time Traffic Info
iDrive system -inc: on-board computer, controller, (8) programmable memory buttons
Rear center armrest w/storage compartment
Hard drive-based navigation system w/voice command & Real Time Traffic Information
Fully finished trunk
Electronic analog speedometer & tachometer
Multi-contour bucket seats -inc: driver & front passenger 20-way pwr adjustments w/4-way pwr lumbar support, articulated upper backrest, adjustable backrest width, adjustable thigh support, driver & front passenger 2-position seat memory, active head restraints w/adjustable side support
Pwr windows -inc: key-off operation, “one-touch” open/close, anti-trapping feature
Nappa leather upholstery
Remote keyless entry
Expanded check control vehicle monitor system
Black Panel display w/LCD main & trip odometer displays & warning indicators in dial faces
Pwr tilt/telescopic leather-wrapped multi-function sport steering wheel -inc: audio & phone controls, 2-position memory
Ambiance lighting in front, rear & door panels
Power windows -inc: key-off operation, “one-touch” open/close, anti-trapping feature
Comfort Access keyless entry w/multi-function remote control
Vehicle & key memory
Multi-contour 20-way power front bucket seats -inc: 4-way pwr lumbar support, articulated upper backrest, adjustable backrest width, adjustable thigh support, driver & front passenger seat memory, active head restraints w/adjustable side support
Anti-theft alarm system -inc: interior motion detector
Central pwr locking system -inc: anti-theft feature, selective unlocking, programmable via vehicle & key memory
4-zone automatic climate control -inc: draft-free vents, solar sensor, automatic recirculation, heat-at-rest feature, automatic ventilation
4-zone automatic climate control -inc: solar sensor, automatic recirculation, heat-at-rest, automatic ventilation
Rear window defogger
Central power locking system -inc: anti-theft feature, selective unlocking, programmable via vehicle & key memory
Remote trunk release
Coded driveaway protection
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
Front console compartment -inc: coinholder, illumination
Front & rear floor mats
Heated front seats w/fast heating & balance control
Dual cupholders, front & rear
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Comfort Access keyless entry w/multi-function remote control, keyless start/stop
Front visors w/illuminated vanity mirrors
Condition-based service display w/additional functions accessible through iDrive system
Twin-tube gas-pressure shock absorbers
Brake energy regeneration to convert kinetic energy into usable electrical pwr
Driving dynamics control
Rear wheel drive
Rear multi-link integral-V aluminum suspension
Dynamic damping control
Aluminum front & rear subframes
Vehicle-speed-sensitive variable-assist, variable-ratio rack-&-pinion pwr steering
Vehicle-speed-sensitive variable-assist, variable-ratio rack-&-pinion power steering
Electromechanical parking brake
4-wheel ventilated disc brakes w/electronic brake proportioning
Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH) on rear outboard seats
Dynamic stability control (DSC) -inc: brake fade compensation, start-off assistant, brake drying, brake stand-by, dynamic traction control (DTC), dynamic brake control
Front-seat side-impact airbags
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Active knee protection
BMW Assist w/Bluetooth -inc: (4) year Safety Plan subscription
Front & rear park distance control w/graphic display
3-point safety belt system -inc: ALR in all passenger positions
Emergency interior trunk release handle
Front safety belt automatic pretensioners, acoustic belt warning
Tire pressure monitor
Child safety rear door locks
Driver & front passenger dual-threshold dual-stage front airbags w/passenger occupant sensor
Front & rear head protection system (HPS)
This car is just massively impressive to me. You get a basically new Alpina B7 for 25% less than a brand new one. Most of the B7s I’ve seen are boring black, silver or white; this car stands out and looks spectacular in blue. The wheels are tremendous and transform the look. There are options galore; and if there isn’t enough luxury don’t forget there’s a healthy dose of sport in these B7s, with stiffer but more compliant suspension than the factory and a 500 horsepower motor capable of sub-5 second runs to 60. There is little you’ll meet in your daily commute that will out-luxury or out-accelerate this impressive car. But for some folks, this car is a little too pricey or has a few too many doors. Perhaps this stunning Brabus is a better option:
Model: CL 600
Engine: 5.5 liter twin-turbocharged V12
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 50,986 mi
Price: $47,800 Buy It Now
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Mercedes-Benz CL600 Brabus on Ebay
2007 Mercedes-Benz CL600 V12 2dr Coupe
2007 Mercedes-Benz CL600 Coupe
Black Exterior over Cashmere/Savannah Leather Interior
BRABUS UPGRADES! K40 RADAR DETECTOR!
ORIGINAL WINDOW STICKER LIST: $147,575 + UPGRADES
Brabus Front Bumper
Brabus Side Skirts with Puddle Lights
Brabus Trunk Spoiler
K40 Radar Detector
5.5 Liter Twin-Turbo 12 Cylinder Engine
-612 lb/ft of Torque-
5-Speed Automatic Transmission
Rear Wheel Drive
Night Vision System
Power Folding Exterior Mirrors
Rear View Camera
Power Glass Sunroof
Power Rear Sunshade
Power Closing Trunk
Harman/Kardon Stereo System
6-Disk CD Changer
Dual-Zone Climate Control
Heated/Ventilated Front Seats
Exceptionally Well Equipped!
*One Master Key*
With an original sticker $25,000 higher than the B7 5 years earlier, this is certainly rarefied air. Like the B7, there are options galore; this car is truly stunning to look at. The wood is immaculate, leather abounds, and the combination of those wheels and the black only hint at the sinister car that this is. The Brabus body upgrades – which can sometimes be in…questionable….taste – fit neatly onto this model. This car doesn’t feature Brabus engine upgrades, so you’ll have to make due with only 510 horsepower and 612 lb/ft of torque – enough to challenge most 911 turbos in 0-60 sprints at 4.4 seconds. Like the Alpina, there is nothing that will out-luxury or out-accelerate you on your daily commute. To make this car even more appealing, with only 50,000 miles on the clock and looking as close to new as a used car can be, this CL 600 is offered at roughly half the price of the Alpina.
Were it my money, I’d find it pretty hard to pass up that sweet looking Alpina, though the price of the Mercedes is pretty enticing. In the long run I’d wager that the Alpina would also be worth more money and cheaper to run, though that’s a bit of a gamble. Which one would you have?