820 horsepower in a drop-top sounds like an absolute riot.
If you have a penchant for leather-lined rockets, you'd be hard-pressed to find a company better suited to your needs than Brabus. For years, the tuner has catered to the whims of wealthy gearheads who demand enhanced performance and luxury from their Mercedes-Benzes. This dedication to creating the best has resulted in everything from outlandish off-roaders to supercar-rivaling limousines.
But it seems the German outfit has looked to Stuttgart's other carmaker for its latest project. Based upon the Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, Brabus now offers power-hungry buyers the opportunity to purchase a 992 with as much as 809-horsepower and 701 lb-ft of torque. The standard car is already blisteringly quick but, thanks to the fitment of performance upgrades, the Brabus 820 911 Turbo S can hit 62 mph in a mere 2.5 seconds, before topping out at a limited 211 mph.
Those eye-watering performance figures come courtesy of some modifications. Those wishing to marginally improve performance will stick with the 720, which receives the Brabus PowerXtra P38S-720 auxiliary control unit; good for an additional 70 hp. The 820 receives a set of special Brabus high-performance turbochargers, boosting power by nearly 100 hp.
A must-have is the high-performance exhaust system. Fashioned out of Inconel - a heat-resistant, lightweight alloy - Brabus says the modification not only provides a more soulful exhaust note but better performance, too. A gimmick to delight your inner child comes in the form of Brabus BoostXtra valves. Every time you lift off the gas pedal, the turbo system emits an amusing blow-off noise.
Pleasing to the eye it may be, but the subtle body kit is not just for show. It's there to reduce aerodynamic lift; crucial in a car that can hit 211 mph.
Brabus designers improved the already slippery shape by designing the aesthetic enhancements in a wind tunnel. The front splitter, for example, reduces front-axle lift at serious speeds. Fabricated from carbon fiber, the add-ons are available in a matte or high-gloss finish.
Already a pleasure to hustle along, Brabus has given the 911 Turbo S cabriolet even more handling prowess. The company's chassis engineers have developed bespoke height-adjustable springs that allow the vehicle to be lowered by one inch. This, says the German tuner, enhances style and provides more direct steering feedback.
The Brabus 820 rests on forged Monoblock Z 'Platinum Edition' wheels. The ten-spoke wheels feature a duo-tone finish and measure 21 inches up front and 22 at the rear. Customers can choose between Continental, Pirelli, or Yokohama tires.
While the cabin of a 911 Turbo S can never be described as austere, there's no denying the boffins from Bottrop have improved the interior considerably. Black leather dominates the inviting cockpit and can be found not only on the seats and door cards but on the floor and mats, too. A high-quality touch is the shield-shaped quilting found in the footwells and the seat centers.
Aluminum pedals are already special, but the company has gone further and added red backlighting, along with Brabus branding. The somber dashboard is uplifted by carbon fiber inlays which, like the exterior, are offered in a matte or gloss finish. As seen in the images, a colored glazing can also be specified.
In keeping with the red theme, the interior also boasts crimson-colored stitching on the steering wheel, repeated around the Sport Chrono clock. So, what does all of this cost? All-in-all, you're looking at a whopping €405,157,25 (approx. $425,600) - about the same price as two standard 911 Turbo S drop-tops.