Bottrop, Germany - The Mercedes-Benz A250 has always tiptoed around the borderline between 'warm' and 'hot' in the performance hatch hierarchy, but renowned German tuner Brabus has now thrust it firmly into the latter category with its series of visual and performance upgrades.

The Brabus B 25 S performance kit boosts the A250 into new performance territory, with outputs rising to 199kW and 430Nm, from the standard car’s 165kW/350Nm. A 0-100km/h sprint now takes 5.9 seconds, according to Brabus, down from 6.5s.

All this is achieved through a modified ECU, with reprogrammed mapping for the injection and ignition, and a retuned boost pressure control system, while breathing is improved by larger ducts for the airbox.

Owners can look forward to a better soundtrack too, thanks to an all-stainless Brabus sports exhaust system with actively controlled exhaust flaps.

Dieselheads won’t be left out of the equation as there are plans afoot to introduce modifications for the A-Class turbodiesel models, although no further details have been provided as yet.

The Brabus A250 can also be kitted with stylistic and aerodynamic components to match its new performance potential.

These include tailor-made tyre and wheel combinations up to 20 inches in diameter, a two-piece Brabus front spoiler with flaps that reduce front-axle lift, a roof-mounted airfoil and large rear diffuser. 

Customers have even more scope for personalising the cabin, with Brabus offering Mastic leather and Alcantara trim combinations in a wide variety of colour and design combinations.

Stainless steel scuff plates with Brabus backlighting, aluminium pedals and velour floor mats further mark the cabin out from ordinary A-Class hatches.

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