March 3rd, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
It’s been a while since we’ve heard much from big horsepower mongers Brabus, but it’s now clear that the aftermarket tuner was saving something special for the Geneva Motor Show.
The latest outrageous creation from the German tuner is a new twin-turbocharged version of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG supercar that promises a mad output of 700 horsepower (520kW) and 847Nm of torque.
In addition to the frightening powerplant, the modified Merc also looks tougher with Brabus’ Widestar bodykit and a fully customised interior including some trick ambient lighting.
To achieve the massive dose of power, Brabus engineers developed a new twin-turbocharger system for the AMG’s 6.2-litre V-8, which includes high-performance exhaust manifolds, an oversized intercooling system and a dual-flow intake manifold with high-flow air filters. There’s also forged pistons and a remapped ECU with an electronic boost controller.
The end result is staggering performance and combined with the car’s seven-speed automatic transmission, the o-100kph sprint can be achieved in just 3.7 seconds with a top speed 340kph. Continue reading “Brabus unleashes 700hp SLS AMG on Geneva crowds” »
February 4th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham
Brabus has become infamous for taking Mercedes-Benz vehicles and upping the power output to make them monsters. But Brabus’ latest achievement is something slightly different as the tuning-house has just announced the world’s first performance tuned vehicle that meets the new Euro VI exhaust emission standard which goes into effect 2014.
The upgrade to the standard Mercedes vehicles is a plug-and-play control unit, named the Brabus Eco PowerXtra D6S module. The high-tech piece of kit achieves an increase in power output of 40.5 kW to 230 kW while peak torque goes from 620 Nm to 690 Nm when installed in a Mercedes-Benz S 350 BlueTEC. That’s a fair chunk of power for a unit that simply plugs in while staying under the all-important Euro VI limits by 30 percent.
The Brabus ECO PowerXtra D6S kit also comes with a clever feature allowing it to be turned on and off. Through the Mercedes 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission the performance output can remain unchanged at 190 kW when the ‘Eco’ mode is engaged. However, when the ‘Manual’ or ‘Sport’ mode is selected maximum power output increases to 230 kW at 3,600 rpm. With the power turned up the tuned S 350 sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 6.5 seconds, that’s half a second faster than the standard production car. Top speed remains electronically limited to 250 km/h. Continue reading “Brabus builds world’s first tuned car to meet new emissions standard” »
October 27th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
Your average Mercedes-Benz is not going to be a slouch in the performance department, if it’s an AMG model its going to be damn quick. But for some people out there, even an AMG is still not enough power to terrorise the streets. For those people specialty Benz tuner Brabus is willing to push the performance on Mercedes vehicles further than any sane individuals would require.
The latest product from Brabus is the freshly unveiled SV12 R Biturbo 800 which has claimed the title as both the fastest and most powerful sedan on offer, anywhere. To achieve this mark, the German tuner has tweaked the Mercedes 5.5-litre V12 from the S600 to 6.3 liters, fitted a new crankshaft, camshafts, cylinder heads, air intake, exhaust, turbochargers, quad interoolers and bigger pistons, and remapped the ECU. The result of this extensive work is a massive 587kW and 1,047 pound-feet of torque. The gut-turning torque was actually too much and Brabus had to electronically limit it to 811 lb-ft. But performance was unaffected with the 0 to 100kph sprint covered in a mere 3.9 seconds and its Autobahn-ripping top speed is electronically limited to ‘only’ 350kph.
Bigger brakes have been fitted to help tame the beast, as well as an upgraded limited-slip differential. A full aero kit also helps with downforce and bangs home the “I’m the baddest” look.
March 9th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
Aftermarket tuners Brabus are at it again with a familiar trick – stuffing a Mercedes E Class with the company’s SV12 R Biturbo 800 engine. The 12-cylinder unit develops a monster 800 hp / 588 kW and an incredible 1,420 Nm of torque.
This massive engine gives the Brabus E V12 Coupe staggering performance figures. The 0 to 100 km/h sprint is achieved in 3.7 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h in 9.9 seconds and 0 to 300 km/h in 23.9 seconds. The top speed of the V12 Coupe has been electronically limited to 350 km/h. Without the limitation a top speed of 370 km/h is possible.
Away from the engine, the brawny Coupe also comes with larger brakes, a Brabus-spec coilover suspension system, 19-inch wheels and lashings of carbon fibre. The front spoiler, grille, front and rear fenders, rear diffuser, intake system, interior trim and seats are all make use of lightweight materials. What is the cost for this level of performance 478,000 Euros — approximately $930,000 in NZ dollars.
February 2nd, 2010 by Darren Cottingham
The performance professionals at AMG keep themselves pretty busy, developing high-output versions of just about every vehicle in the Mercedes-Benz range.
But not every vehicle. Like the GL-Class family-hauler for example, AMG didn’t feel there was a market for the GL with AMG’s beastly 6.3-litre V8 engine. So that’s where the aftermarket comes in, and Brabus has decided to save the day and then a little more.
Brabus has fitted the 6.3-litre V8 to the GL, but it’s also bolted a pair of turbochargers on in the process. Other performance upgrades include tweaking the seven-speed auto-box, fitting a big water-to-air intercooler and upgrading the air intake, exhaust, brakes, suspension and rolling stock. The result? 650 horsepower and a crazy amount of torque. It should get the Brabus tuned GL to 300 kilometers per hour and hit 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds along the way.
The Widestar body kit also widens the vehicle’s stance, while the interior has been pimped out in custom leather, carbon fibre trim and with LCD screens to keep the kids busy while you focus on tearing up the tarmac. The super-truck will be unveiled at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, but is available for order now from just â‚¬368,000.
December 1st, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
German powerhouse tuner Brabus has announced it will premiere the new Brabus B63 S Mercedes E63 AMG at this year’s edition of the Essen Motor Show. The Brabus B63 S Mercedes E63 AMG is powered by the standard 6.3 litre V8 engine that has been modified to output 386 kW and 650 Nm of torque.
This is a 30 hp and 20 Nm of torque increase over the standard car. The extra power comes from upgraded electronics, two sport air filters and free-flow metal catalysts. According to performance figures the Brabus B63 S Mercedes E63 AMG can get from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds and up to a maximum speed of 320 km/h.
Aesthetically the B63 comes with a unique aerodynamics package and various interior accents. Pricing for the new package hasn’t been announced yet.
September 21st, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
Smart cars aren’t known for their performance pedigree but who couldn’t use a bit more power. German tuner Brabus has come to the party and unveiled its Ultimate R smart fortwo art this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
The go hard Smart fortwo is powered by a turbocharged 3-cylinder engine that develops 82.4 kW at 5,750 rpm and 150 Nm of torque between 3,300 and 3,900 rpm. Brabus claims it has shortened shift times in comparison to the standard model. The official performance numbers state the Ulitmate R can reach a top speed of 170 km/h and do the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 9.5 seconds.
The Ultimate R is fitted with a custom coil-over sport suspension that lowers the ride height by 30 mm and gas-pressure shock absorbers.
Featuring a special gun metal paint job and carbon fibre components the Ultimate R will be available in both coupe and convertible forms.
September 9th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham
With the Frankfurt Motor Show only days away it’s time for German tuner Brabus to show off something outrageous. What Brabus are unleashing this year is what it claims to be the world’s fastest executive luxury sedan. The mean machine is based on the facelifted 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class and is named the SV12 R Biturbo 750.
The Brabus SV12 R is a car for drivers who feel that the 612-horsepower stock S65 AMG just isn’t quick enough. The SV12 R features a 6.3-litre twin-turbo V12 that dishes out 750 horses and a ridiculous 995 lb-ft of torque.
A special crankshaft with longer stroke, forged pistons with a larger diameter and an increased cylinder bore result in a displacement increase from standard 5.5 to now 6.3-liters. The engine is also upgraded with larger turbochargers, an optimised intercooling system and a stainless-steel exhaust system with high-flow catalysts. The ECU also gets retuned to ensure the vehicle meets EURO IV emission regulations.
The end result is a 0-100 kph time of 4.0 seconds flat and a top speed of 340 kph. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a modified five-speed automatic transmission.
Cosmetically a new aero kit is utilised, as are a variety of wheel designs for maximum VIP bling. The car will make its debut later this month at the Frankfurt Motor Show.