Past its three-pointed star and 4 wheels, the Brabus 3.6S Light-weight was not like several Brabus Mercedes launched earlier than or since its 1988 launch. The ‘Light-weight’ little bit of the title is the important thing cause why; Brabus has – and certainly all the time will – be identified for powerfully constructed ‘bahnstormers, automobiles as monstrously highly effective as they’re decadently opulent. Stripped-out observe specials are the type of factor they go away to different, lesser tuners.
But it surely wasn’t all the time like that. In 1984 Brabus founder Bodo collaborated with SIXT Rental to create 200 Mercedes 190Es with a variety of efficiency upgrades (no, significantly).The ambition was three-fold: first was to create a greater efficiency model of the W201 than the two.3 16v, second was to provide SIXT a USP within the rental market and, in fact, to higher exhibit what Brabus was able to. Buoyed by the recognition of the SIXT challenge, Bodo went a number of steps additional in 1988 and created a correctly hardcore 190E, packing greater than 250hp from an enlarged straight six in addition to a raft of different performance-enhancing upgrades – together with no again seat.
Unsurprisingly, clients did not actually purchase into the oxymoronic concept of a pared-back Brabus, and its tackle the 190E would turn out to be the extra conventional ‘3.6-24’, with rear seats and facilities reinstated. However the Light-weight had made an impression, and so in 2008 then PR Director of Brabus, Sven Gramm, commissioned a recreation of the 190 Light-weight.
This is that car. Initially a one-owner 190E 2.6 handbook sourced regionally to Brabus, it was subjected to a ten-month overhaul to create the three.6S Light-weight homage. The M103 straight-six was bored and stroked for the additional capability and nearly 300hp. That was along with new suspension, the stunning Kevlar-backed Recaro seats, the roll cage and the wheels amongst a complete host of modifications. Understandably happy with what had been created, Gramm used the automobile for a interval earlier than promoting it in 2016; it was first registered within the UK in 2017, proven at Mercedes-Benz World after which, effectively, not likely pushed very a lot in any respect. Chances are you’ll effectively have seen it provided earlier than.
Which is a crying disgrace, actually, as a result of a bespoke Brabus 190E construct with this a lot energy and potential guarantees to be an unimaginable expertise. The value is little question a sticking level, as a result of £100ok is a large sum of money for any type of 190E; distinctive Brabus challenge the Light-weight might be, but it surely’s neither the unique idea car nor one of many Mercedes-built 190E Evo homologations. It’s quicker although, apparently, and it is arduous to not admire the dedication and a spotlight to element that noticed this challenge come to fruition. As a result of the world is actually a greater place with this Sign Pink 190E in it. Let’s hope a brand new purchaser sees the attraction, and it is again out on the highway very quickly.