With 887 hp and 884 lb-ft on tap, Brabus’ ‘Rocket 900’ lives up to its name

If the AMG line is the special forces unit of Mercedes-Benz, Brabus is the heavy artillery, a group that symbolizes raw power, destruction, and wide-eyed intimidation.

The vaunted Mercedes tuner has announced the ‘Rocket 900,’ an S65 AMG-based monster that’s headed for the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

As we all know, the S65 AMG is no slouch. With a 6.0-liter, 621-horsepower biturbo V12 under its hood, the luxurious ‘super sedan’ can hit 60 mph in 4.2 seconds before topping out at an electronically-limited 155 mph.

Brabus, per usual, cranks the performance up to 11. The biturbo V12 has been to the gym and now displaces 6.3 liters thanks to increased cylinder bore and a longer stroke. The factory turbos have been axed as well, replaced by units with larger compressors and turbines. There’s also a new intake manifold, modified exhaust manifold, and stainless steel exhaust piping to keep the airflow coming.

The result is a peak output of 887 hp and a whopping 1,106 pound-feet of torque, but for the sake of the seven-speed transmission, it’s been dialed back to a modest 884 lb-ft. 0 to 60 mph now comes in 3.7 seconds and 0 to 124 mph is accomplished in just 9.1 seconds.

The tuner has also thrown out the silly speed limiter, so the Rocket 900 will run all the way up to 217 mph while begging for more.

Another feature of note is the exhaust tone management system, made possible with the use of electronic butterfly valves. At the push of a button, drivers can dampen the throaty V12’s bellow by selecting the ‘Coming Home’ mode, which will surely be appreciated by anyone in the same zip code.

The car also equips Brabus’ own iBusiness multimedia system, which integrates an iPad mini and Mac Mini into vehicle’s infotainment.

The Rocket 900, in all its carbon fiber, leather, and Alcantara glory, costs $390,371, which includes the $222,222 cost of the S65 AMG.

Cars

Can electric motors finally make three-wheeled cars great?

Every few years, someone tries to sell a three-wheeled vehicle to Americans. Historically, it hasn’t gone very well. We’ve got our suspicions about why people don’t buy trikes, and they boil down to this: a trike is just not a real…
Product Review

With the roomy and speedy 2019 Continental, you can take Lincoln seriously again

With the 2019 Continental, Lincoln is on a mission to rekindle ties with its glamorous past. The firm's flagship sedan is short on tech, but it's comfortable, spacious, and smooth -- just like a Lincoln should be.
Cars

If Batman became a race car driver, he’d hit the track in the Vuhl 05RR

Mexican sports car Vuhl revealed the hardcore 05RR, a roadster that blurs the line between a track car and a street-legal car. The 05RR stands out with a design that looks right out of a video game and a 385-horsepower engine.
Cars

This Chevy Silverado pickup truck is made from more than 300,000 Lego bricks

To promote The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Lego and Chevrolet teamed up on a life-size replica of the automaker's Silverado pickup truck made from more than 300,000 plastic bricks.
Cars

Sibling rivalry: 2019 BMW Z4 takes on the 2020 Toyota Supra

BMW and Toyota forged an unlikely partnership when they set out to build a sports car platform together. Here, we examine the similarities and differences between the 2019 Z4 and the 2020 Supra.
Outdoors

Is Uber planning to put its self-driving tech into bikes and scooters?

Uber reportedly has its eye on building autonomous electric bikes and scooters that ride to a user when summoned by an app. The technology could also be used to make its two-wheelers safer with obstacle avoidance systems.
Cars

Someone just paid supercar money for the very first 2020 Toyota Supra

The 2020 Toyota Supra made its long-awaited debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The resurrected sports car, famous for a role in The Fast and the Furious, goes on sale in the U.S. this summer.
Cars

Lincoln’s stately, limited-edition flagship sedan sells out in a month

The 1961 Lincoln Continental became a design icon thanks to center-opening "coach doors" (also known as "suicide doors"). Lincoln is bringing those doors back for a special edition of the 2019 Continental.
Cars

Volkswagen is planning a tougher challenge for its all-electric I.D. R

The Volkswagen I.D. R electric race car will head to the Nürburgring for a lap-record attempt. Volkswagen will reportedly aim to set the quickest lap time ever by an electric car with the I.D. R.
Home Theater

Report: Spotify preparing to launch $100 in-car streaming device

According to a report, people familiar with Spotify's plans say the company is readying a dedicated in-car music streamer that will cost $100. It will work with any Bluetooth-enabled audio system and can be controlled by voice.
Cars

Tesla given go-ahead to start deliveries of Model 3 to Europe

Tesla has been given the green light to start deliveries of its Model 3 electric sedan to Europe, giving it the chance to compete more effectively with the likes of BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz in the region's premium car market.
Cars

Royal fans bid big money as Prince Philip ‘car crash parts’ hit eBay

A couple of days after a car crash that involved the 97-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, debris apparently from the scene of the accident showed up on eBay. And people wanted to buy it.
Emerging Tech

Elon Musk offers to help dig CERN’s new particle collider tunnel

CERN plans to put the Large Hadron Collider to shame with its proposed much larger Future Circular Collider -- and Elon Musk wants to help. Because, you know, he's not busy enough.
Product Review

Cool tech and a great ride make the 2019 RAM 1500 the best light-duty pickup

The Ram isn’t the most powerful, spacious, or affordable of the light-duty, full-size pickup herd, but a modestly equipped version walks all over rivals in terms of ride quality, technology, and cabin comfort.