Few people are able to leave social moderation behind and embrace the truly glamorous side of life. For that lucky minority, there’s Brabus.
Over the years, the famed Mercedes-Benz tuner has developed a reputation for show-stopping looks and pulse-pounding power, and it doesn’t look like that trend is stopping any time soon.
The German company has announced its latest iteration of the S63 AMG, and it’s one that would make King Midas proud. While the color may stray closer to caramel than pure gold, the Merc’s satin paintjob wears a bevy of carbon fiber jewelry and is offset by Brabus’ exclusive Monoblock alloys.
The styling revamp continues inside the cabin, where you’ll find two-tone white and gold upholstery, Brabus badging, and a myriad of carbon fiber trim. On the dash, there’s a slick new speedometer that goes up to 400 kmh (248 mph), hinting at the biturbo beast lurking under the hood.
Powering the rear wheels is modified version of the S63’s 5.5-liter, 585-horsepower V8. The AMG powerplant has been increased to 5.9-liters under Brabus’ care, and it now produces a whopping 850 hp.
What’s even crazier is the transmission-crunching torque figure: 1,069 pound feet. For longevity’s sake, Brabus limits output to 848 lb-ft between 2,500 and 4,000 rpm.
The sedan’s performance figures haven’t been released yet, but we expect o to 60 mph times to dip into the 3.5-second range.
Brabus might be known for street-cracking power and menacing style, but the Bottrop-based outfit isn’t relegated to just one part of the Mercedes range.
The Brabus Mercedes-Benz G 500 Convertible, announced earlier this year, could be the high riding savior of the apocalypse … or a high-rolling getter of groceries.
Brabus added its signature ‘Widestar’ body kit and blackened headlights to the droptop G-Class, with 455 hp on tap to remind you of what type of vehicle you’re in.
The upgraded thrust, courtesy of a 5.5-liter V8, allows the G 500 to hit 60 mph in 5.6 seconds.