Frankfurt Preview: Brabus SV12 R based on the 2010 Mercedes-Benz S600

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

It appears that the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show will show us the fastest and most powerful office on wheels in the world: the Brabus SV12 R. Based on the latest 2010 Mercedes-Benz S600 facelift, the new vehicle comes with an increased capacity of the engine, from standard 5.5 to now 6.3 liters (336 to 385 cu. in.), larger turbochargers, a more efficient intercooling system and a stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system with four tailpipes and metal catalysts with low back pressure.

All these components develop a total output of 750 hp (740 bhp) / 552 kW at 5,500 rpm and an impressive torque of 1,350 Nm (995 lb-ft) at 2,100 rpm ( in the car peak torque is electronically limited to 1,100 Nm (811 lb-ft) ).

With these numbers the Brabus SV12 R can hit 62 mph/ 100 km/h in just 4.0 seconds, 200 km/h (124 mph) after just 11.9 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 340 km/h (211 mph). The spectacular power is transferred to the rear wheels via a modified five-speed automatic transmission while an optional BRABUS locking differential optimizes traction.

BRABUS also offers performance tuning for the S 600 and S 65 models. The list ranges from the T12 performance kit for 580 hp (572 bhp) / 419 kW to the T 65 S performance tuning that boosts power output of the S 65 model to 715 hp (705 bhp) / 526 kW. Due to the impressive performances of the vehicle, Brabus also had to work on the car's aerodynamic properties!

A new front bumper was installed with a large centrally located air duct optimizes the cooling of engine and front brakes as well as auxiliary headlights and LED daytime running lights to improve active safety.

The German tuner also added custom-tailored front aluminum sport fenders that replace their production counterparts, new side sills with embossed Brabus signet and integrated LED lights for added utility.

The aerodynamic kit is rounded by the rear spoiler lip and the new rear bumper featuring a centrally located reflector and custom cutouts for the Brabus quad sport exhaust system. The kit is completed by the Brabus Monoblock light-alloy wheels with diameters ranging from 17 to 21 inches.

The manufacturer also gives the possibility to its clients to choose from three different designs: Three-piece forged and high-gloss polished BRABUS Monoblock VI wheels with six double spokes, Monoblock E multi-spoke wheels and the especially exclusive Monoblock F PLATINUM EDITION forged wheels with cross-spoke design.

All versions are fitted with Pirelli or YOKOHAMA tires in size 265/30 ZR 21 in front and in size 295/30 ZR 21 on the rear axle.In order to stop this "monster" in time, Brabus installed a new high performance brake system with 12-piston aluminum fixed calipers and 380 x 36-mm (15.0 x 1.42 inches) vented and cross-drilled discs in front, and 355 x 28-mm (14.0 x 1.1 inches) discs and six-piston aluminum fixed calipers on the rear axle.

At the heart of the system is an ultra-slim 3-GHz notebook computer housed safely in a docking station inside an electrically deployed drawer in the trunk, underneath the rear shelf. The tablet PC notebook can be easily removed for use outside the vehicle. The console in the rear also houses a color printer. The car also features a 15.2-inch 16:9 TFT screen serves as computer monitor. The computer's integrated MP3 player can store more than 5,000 songs.

The sound is carried by Sennheiser Noise Gard headphones that filter out unwanted noises for unparalleled listening enjoyment. Of course, the ergonomically shaped sport steering wheels and stainless-steel pedals are offered as a standard while the BRABUS Yachting precious-wood combination of maple and tropical Wenge wood offers a maritime ambiance.

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