Okay guys, my dealer called me back this morning and confirmed what the German distributor sent to me in the email below, and that is, $2200 US and can't confirm whether the car will conform to any emissions standards. The US dealers DO NOT support this upgrade at this time, only in Europe.
Below is the email I received this morning from Christoph.Dietze@brabus.com
(Brabus is a well known tuner of MB's, featured in Car and Driver for decades. It's top shelf stuff!!) Although I don't understand all of this, the $2200 price will prevent me from trying it out. If any of you are still interested, I can forward you the actual emails or you can email Chris directly. The first PDF's he sent me were in German, and although my last name is Holthaus, I cannot read German! Thanks.
Dear Mr. Holthaus,
Thank you very much for your inquiry and interest shown in our company and
Is it legal?
The performance kit is T‹V (Technical Observation Organisation) certified
here in Germany (see attached file). All modifications to vehicles in
Germany required approval by an independent technical inspector and are
documented in the vehicles paperwork in order to ensure road worthiness
and insurance coverage. As for the laws in the United States we are not
able to confirm but the T‹V certificates are generally accepted throughout
Europe and the rest of the world.
Do Chrysler dealer's here support it?
We do not officially distribute our products through Chrysler Jeep and
Dodge in the United States. The performance kits are however, part of the
product range offered by DaimlerChrysler UK (United Kingdom). I have seen
that a dealer or dealer representative has posted in the thread and given
the UK part number for our product.
What is the cost?
The list price for the SD6 kit here in Germany is 1.590,00 Euro not
including shipping. Based on the exchange rate today it would equal approx
Other questions in the thread concerning function of the kit :
Please see the attached file concerning the function of our performance
kit, as you probably know we are a daughter company of BRABUS and the
engine in question is based on a Mercedes Benz motor used in current
models. The kit was adapted and a seperate programm written by BRABUS
engineers for use on the Grand Cherokee. The kit performs in conjunction
with the diesel particle filter, allowing it to go through the "burn"
cycle by deactivating itself while this process is being run.
To date we have not installed a SD6 kit on a US Spec vehicle and do not
have information concerning the software versions installed on US Spec
vehicles or differences if any to the European Spec.
Our European customers are all very happy with the increase in
performance. As for the increase in fuel economy this is very possible as
you have an increase in torque available. Using the added torque rather
than throttle for the same accleration will equate in slightly less diesel
consumption. Though we must remind you that comsumption is very dependent
on driving style, loading, wheel tire combination etc.
If you have any further questions please let us know.
Mit freundlichen GrŁŖen
Car Research & Development GmbH & Co. KG
Manager Vertrieb Export
Export Sales Manager
i.A. Christoph Dietze
CRD Car Research & Development GmbH & Co. Betriebs KG, Brabus Allee,
D-46240 Bottrop, Germany
AG Gelsenkirchen, HRA 2495, persŲnlich haftender Gesellschafter: STARTECH
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