The Dubai Motor Show is in full swing, with Brabus the latest company to unveil something completely outrageous. Dubbed the Rocket 900 “Desert Gold” Edition, the car is essentially the Rocket 900 the German tuner unveiled over the summer but with lashings of gold, both inside and out. The 900 part of the name is a result of the S65 AMG’s 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 being modified to deliver 900 hp and 884 lb-ft of electronically-limited torque.
That was achieved by increasing displacement to 6.3 liters, while the turbos have received a larger compressor unit and turbine. Downpipes have increased to 80 mm, there’s a stainless-steel high-performance exhaust, special exhaust manifolds, a carbon-fiber intake module, redesigned radiator grille, “Gold Heat Reflection” sheathing, and a remapped ECU. The 2.8-ton super sedan sends power to the rear via a seven-speed automatic, and can now sprint to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds, reach 124 mph in 9.1 seconds and hit a top speed in excess of 217 mph. The “Desert Gold” refers to the unique color of the car, appearing not only on the body but on some 300 interior parts.
The gold body is contrasted with carbon-fiber aero components and high-gloss black elements, while the 21-inch “Platinum Edition” alloys were finished in black with gold pin striping. Inside, black and gold Mastik leather can be found along with embroidered “900” logos on the head rests, gold-colored seams and piping, and a black Alcantara headliner.