The acclaimed German tuner has a body of work that spans over 35 years. Here are five of its best recent creations.
After 35 years in the game, Brabus has grown to become the world's largest independent car tuner. From aero kits through lightweight alloys to high-performance engines, there is literally no part of a Daimler product that Brabus cannot improve upon. And with a network that spans over 100 countries, wherever you are in the world you shouldn't be too far from a Brabus dealer. There are plenty of superb tuning packages to choose from, so we've picked out for you a cross-section of Brabus creations that best showcases its versatility and quality.
When it was unveiled back in 2011, the Brabus EV12 Cabriolet was the world's fastest and most powerful four-seat cabriolet with a top speed of 231 mph and 0-62 time of 3.7 seconds. The cabriolet gets its power from a twin-turbo V12 that blasts out 800 hp and 1,047 lb-ft of peak torque. A high performance brake system was installed to help contain the cabriolet's power, and a special carbon fiber rear fender was added to help conceal the 10-inch wide wheels. The interior is also upgraded as a side note to the car's bold exterior and insane performance. Built to order in a limited run of ten, the Brabus EV12 was priced at €478,000.
Brabus' program for SLS AMG Roadster included enhancements for the 6.3-liter V8 that bumps maximum power from 563 to 600 hp, a titanium high-performance exhaust system, a carbon-fiber aero kit, 21-inch lightweight forged alloys, quad exhaust, and a smooth-ride suspension that lowers the SLS by up to 40mm. A front lift system can be added too, which will raise the roadster's front end by 50mm in a couple of seconds at the push of a button, so speed bumps and curbs can be easily navigated. Interior upgrades include a 250mph dial, a sport steering wheel and stainless-steel scuff plates with a backlit Brabus logo.
Introduced at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, this is the most powerful C-Class in the world. Dubbed the Brabus Bullit, the car is based on the standard C-Class Coupe, but under the hood lies the V12 powerplant found in the S-Class. With displacement increased from 5.5 to 6.3 liters and a pair of upgraded turbos, the Bullit packs 800 hp and an electronically-limited 811 lb-ft of torque. As a consequence, it can sprint from 0-62 in just 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 230 mph. As well as being the most powerful C-Class in the world, with a price tag of 449,820 Euros it is also the most expensive.
Called the Ultimate 120, the Brabus Smart ForTwo puts out 118 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque for an 8.9-second 0-62 sprint and a top speed of 112 mph. A Brabus widebody kit features a front spoiler, redesigned side skirts, rear apron and elongated fenders. The Germans have also added an adjustable coilover suspension on top of 18-inch alloy wheels affixed with bigger brakes and a stainless-steel sports exhaust system. The interior receives a pair of Recaro racing seats and Brabus' own steering wheel, while production of the Ultimate 120 will be limited to, fittingly, 120 units and priced at €45,900.
Brabus' Widestar 800 based on the 2013 G65 AMG boasts a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 producing 800 hp and 1,047 lb-ft of torque thanks to an ECU remap, the addition of four intercoolers under the carbon-fiber hood scoop, a pair of air filter boxes in the front fenders and a stainless-steel high-performance exhaust. As a result, the offroader can sprint from 0-62 mph in 4.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 168 mph. The high-performance G-Class was also treated to a new widebody kit, which includes sculpted fender flares, a front spoiler with LED daytime running lights, a freshly-designed front grille and widened wheel wells that house a set of 23-inch split-nine-spoke wheels.