The Brabus 850 Is As Fast As You'd Want A Mercedes S-Class Cabrio To Be


Seriously, it's stupidly quick!

If you want a quick Mercedes-Benz, have lots of moolah at your disposal and aren't quite satisfied with what the firm's AMG division offers, then you've always got the wares from Brabus to choose from. Though the Bottrop-based firm isn't an official Mercedes tuner, Brabus is heavily invested in Daimler AG's products and has made a name for itself over the many years it's been in business with a range of utterly crazy contraptions. Perhaps the maddest of them all, though, is the new Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo.Cabrio.

As you can deduce from the images, the Brabus is heavily based on the current Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabrio (a car that, personally, we thought wouldn't be especially high up the Brabus "must make bonkers ASAP" priority list). But this is no standard drop-top S-Class, though: as the name suggests, the Brabus 850's 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine churns out a staggering 850-hp, which is only trumped in our eyes by the incredible torque output of 1,069lb/ft. Unsurprisingly, Brabus claims the 850 Cabrio is an incredibly brisk car, with a suggested 0-62mph time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 217mph. Those figures are enough to make this not only the quickest ever S-Class Cabrio, but also the fastest four-seater convertible on sale today.

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Furthermore, there's allegedly a lot more pace in the 850 Biturbo that Brabus is holding back - according to the company, the top speed is electronically limited in order to preserve the tires. As compensation for this, Brabus is including a subtle aero package formed from bare carbon fiber, and new forged alloy wheel designs that are available in 21inch or 22inch configurations. You don't even need to buy an 850 from the German tuning company if you're interested: as long as you already own a Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Cabrio, you can have all the 850's upgrades installed. The fact Brabus has yet to announce prices for either option suggests you'll have to pay through the nose for whatever path you take to 850 Biturbo Cabrio ownership.