How much horsepower do you need in a sedan? A crap load, according to Brabus.
Tuning houses will vie for our attention at Frankfurt as much as manufacturers. Brabus won't have to work too hard, however, as its 850-horsepower S-Class is bound to draw interest. Built to order, the Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo iBusiness–to give it its full name–is based on the brand-new Mercedes S-Class powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that puts out a massive 850 horsepower and 848 lb-ft of electronically limited torque.
To achieve that colossal output, Brabus increased displacement of the 63 AMG engine, added a pair of special turbochargers and 75-mm downpipes and stainless-steel sports exhaust, larger air filter, carbon-fiber intake pipe, a remapped ECU, and Gold Heat Reflection sheathing. All that grunt is sent to the road via a modified AMG seven-speed, and the result is a 0-62 mph time of 3.5 seconds and 217 mph top speed. Controlled butterfly valves give the driver control over the exhaust note, while a widebody kit optimizes the luxury sedan's aerodynamics, including a front fascia and rear fascia with integrated diffuser, and its air suspension can be lowered by 15 mm.
New wheels from 19 to 22 inches can also be fitted housing Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes and gold calipers. Inside, Brabus has evolved its "iBusiness" range of goodies, incorporating an iPad mini into a custom center console in the rear, a Mac mini housed in the trunk, an iPod touch that works through the S-Class sound system, while a 15.2-inch color display can be deployed from the leather headliner. Leather, Alcantara, wood and carbon fiber can all be used to customize the cabin as buyers see fit.