BRABUS ROCKET 900 Coupe based on Mercedes-AMG S65 Coupe

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 1, 2016

BRABUS has revealed its latest offering with the BRABUS ROCKET 900 Coupe. This 2+2-seater supercar can reach a top speed of more than 350 km/h (217 mph). The powerful speed is all due to the twin-turbo 6.3-liter increased-displacement V2 engine which can also deliver power of 662 kW / 900 HP (887 bhp) with maximum torque at 1,500 Nm (1,106 lb-ft).

The basis for this particular model was the Mercedes-AMG S65 Coupe. Its performance figures more than enough proof of why supercars from BRABUS continue to be considered as part of the elite for almost forty years now. High performance is not the only thing that one can expect from this ROCKET 900 Coupe.

It also has that elegant yet sporty design with its carbon parts designed to improve aerodynamics. It comes with the high-tech forged 21-inch or 22-inch wheels and the classy interior.

Exterior Design

The creation of the S 65’s V12 engine was started in the company’s shop and its state-of-the-art machinery. The engine was originally 6.0 liters (366 cubic inches) and in order to increase it to 6.3 liters (384 cubic inches), the team decided to bore out its twelve cylinders and have them fitted with matching forged pistons.

BRABUS also added in special precision-balanced piston rods and special billet crankshaft that has a longer stroke. The peripherals of the engine were upgraded as well using customized high-performance parts. Take the two production turbos for example. BRABUS replaced them with their very own turbos that had a bigger compressor unit and turbine.

These new turbochargers were then modified to fit the two cylinder heads that had modified exhaust manifolds. This particular change also meant that down pipes were larger as the diameter stood at 80 millimeters (3.1 in). Other additions are the free-flow metal catalysts and the vehicle’s very own high-performance exhaust with its controlled butterfly valves.

This new exhaust system has an active sound management that can be activated by merely pressing a button on the steering wheel. The dual designer tailpipes of this stainless-steel exhaust have been coated in ceramic. However for the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, BRABUS intends to put in some exciting visual highlights by giving it a black satin finish.

Another new addition that the company created for the BRABUS 900 was the intake module. What this does is to get air straight from the radiator grille which passes in the air duct located in the hood. However the new intake manifold will have two special air filter boxes that not only have special filters but offer a bigger intake cross-section. In order to ensure that the air temperature is lowered of the air, the pipes have been covered using a “Gold Heat Reflection.”

The different components of the engine are able to perfectly coordinate with each other. This is due to the special mapping of the ignition and injection that is the result of extensive testing not only on the test benches but even on road tests. The lubricant that is used by the powertrain is supplied by MOTUL.

When brought together, the different features make the engine of the BRABUS ROCKET 900 one of the best in the market. This 12-cylinder twin-turbocharged 6.3-liter V12 engine can deliver power of 662 kW / 900 HP (887 bhp) at rpm of as low as 5,500. Maximum torque is 1,500 Nm (1,106 lb-ft) available at 4,200 rpm.

However to make sure that the durability of the powertrain is maintained, maximum torque has been electronically limited at 1,200 Nm (884 lb-ft). All of the power generated is transmitted to its rear wheels through the seven-speed automatic transmission. This transmission has been modified for the BRABUS ROCKET 900 to make sure that it can handle the power.

BRABUS also put in a limited-slip differential that offers a 40% locking rate. It is also possible to shift the transmission manually due to the aluminum BRABUS RACE paddle shifters placed on the steering wheel. The figures do not end there as the BRABUS 900 ROCKET gives a performance only a few of the top-class sports cars can match.

It can go from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds and 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) can be reached in 9.1 seconds. Maximum speed is more than 350 km/h (217 mph) though this could be because the speedometer only measures up to 400 km/h (250 mph).

Interior Design

Inside the cabin, BRABUS makes good use of the magnolia and light brown fine leather interior which goes well with the beige topstitching. Meanwhile the “Fire” piping gives the black paint finish that sporty contrast. For this supercar, BRABUS also gave it the customized umbra-colored wood inlays with the open-pore surface finishes.

Capping off the cockpit are the door pins, pedals, and paddle shifters in aluminum. The cabin has its own ambience lighting which consists of scuff plates that have the backlit BRABUS 900 logo, which changes color.

This provides an amazing welcome not only for the driver but the passengers as well. The BRABUS 900 ROCKET Coupe can be built using a Mercedes S 65 Coupe as a base or as a complete car on its own.


As a result of the high-performance being offered by the BRABUS ROCKET 900, there was a need to enhance the different components. Similar to parts used in motor racing, a number of them are composed of carbon and have undergone extensive testing in wind tunnels.

The bumper on the front now has an extra BRABUS front spoiler and when paired with the uniquely-styled air intakes, gives the BRABUS 900 ROCKET a more athletic appearance on its front. It not only functions as a visual enhancement but it also helps in reducing the lift experienced by the front axle especially at high speeds.

This also optimizes the handling stability. The carbon diffuser in the customized tailpipes of the exhaust along with the rear spoiler increases the athletic look of the rear as well. To further highlight the sporty lines, designers at BRABUS created carbon attachments for the rear bumper, specifically on the side air outlets.

The exterior mirrors even have carbon covers. While the ones on the production version of the Mercedes S 65 have been chromed, the bodywork components on the BRABUS 900 ROCKET are finished in “Shadow Gray” to match the parts made of carbon fiber.

Further increasing the thrill of the design and the driving dynamics are the BRABUS Monoblock wheels which can come in the 21-inch version or the 22-inch one. The wheels have been made using the latest in forging technology and thus are not only lightweight but also offer maximum strength.

The company is also offering different designs for its 21-inch Monoblock “PLATINUM EDITION” forged wheels. The version that will be displayed on the 2016 Geneva Motor Show will have the cross-spoke Monoblock F wheels and painted in black to go with the color of the body.

The size on the front axle is 9Jx21 while the rear axle is 10.5Jx21. These two sizes ensure that the space in the wheel wells is fully utilized. The company will offer customers the choice of high-performance YOKOHAMA, Pirelli, and Continental tires sized at 255/35 ZR 21 for the front axle and 295/30 ZR 21 for its rear axle.

BRABUS will be offering the Monoblock G “Platinum Edition” wheels as an option. In addition, its anthracite-colored paint finish goes well with the carbon body work parts. The five-spoke 9Jx22 forged wheels on the front axle come with the 255/30 ZR 22 tires while the rear axle has the five-spoke 10Jx22 forged wheels and the 295/25 ZR 22 tires.

Like the Monoblock F version, it also makes good use of space in its wheel wells. To fully use the 21-inch tires or the 22-inch ones, BRABUS made sure to calibrate the suspension lowering module resulting in the ride height being lowered by as much as 15 millimeters or around 0.6 inches.

Press Release


BRABUS supercars have been part of the automotive elite for almost four decades. The new BRABUS ROCKET 900 Coupe based on the Mercedes S 65 now continues this tradition seamlessly. Powered by a BRABUS ROCKET 900 6.3 V12 twin-turbo increased-displacement engine rated at 662 kW / 900 HP (887 bhp) and producing 1,500 Nm (1,106 lb-ft) of torque, this exclusive supercar is one of the most powerful and fastest 2+2-seaters in the world with a top speed in excess of 350 km/h (217 mph). Of course, BRABUS not only offers high performance in its purest form, but also sporty-elegant design with naked carbon aerodynamic-enhancement components, high-tech forged wheels with diameters of 21 or 22 inches and a luxuriously appointed interior.

The transformation of the twin-turbo V12 engine from the S 65 starts in the BRABUS engine shop, which is equipped with state-of-the-art machinery. To realize the displacement increase from standard 6.0 to 6.3 liters (366 to 384 cubic inch), the shop bores out the twelve cylinders and fits them with the matching forged pistons. In addition, BRABUS installs a special billet crankshaft with longer stroke and precision-balanced special piston rods. Furthermore, the engine peripherals are upgraded with tailor-made high-performance components. The two production turbos are replaced with BRABUS turbos with larger compressor unit and turbine. The new turbochargers are adapted to the two cylinder heads with modified exhaust manifolds. The conversion also includes larger down pipes with a diameter of 80 millimeters (3.1 in), free-flow metal catalysts and a BRABUS high-performance exhaust with actively controlled butterfly valves. This exhaust system offers active sound management at the touch of a button on the steering wheel.

In addition, the two ceramic-coated dual designer tailpipes of the stainless-steel sport exhaust, which on the show car for the Geneva Motor Show 2016 sport a black satin finish, also add some thrilling visual highlights. At the same time, BRABUS developed the BRABUS 900 intake module, which draws its air directly from the radiator grille through an air duct in the hood. The new intake manifold also includes two special air filter boxes with larger intake cross-section and special filters. To lower the charge air temperatures further, the pressure pipes are wrapped in ìGold Heat Reflectionî sheathing.

The special mapping for injection and ignition is the fruit of extensive testing on dynamic engine test benches and during road tests. It coordinates the perfect interaction of all high-performance components. MOTUL supplies the high-performance lubricants for the entire powertrain. Collectively, all these measures make the BRABUS ROCKET 900 6.3 V12 twin-turbo increased-displacement engine one of the most potent power units on the market. The turbocharged twelve-cylinder engine churns out 662 kW / 900 HP (887 bhp) at a low 5,500 rpm and produces a peak torque of 1,500 Nm (1,106 lb-ft) at 4,200 rpm.

However, in the interest of the longevity of the powertrain peak torque is limited electronically to 1,200 Nm (884 lb-ft). The power is channeled to the rear wheels by a seven-speed automatic transmission modified to handle the tremendous power and a BRABUS high-performance limited-slip differential with a locking rate of 40 percent. Thanks to the BRABUS RACE aluminum paddle shifters on the steering wheel, the transmission can also be shifted manually. The BRABUS 900 ROCKET Coupe delivers a performance equaled by only a few top-class sports cars. The 2+2-seater accelerates from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.7 seconds and reaches a speed of 200 km/h (124 mph) after just 9.1 seconds.

The top speed is in excess of 350 km/h (217 mph), a fact accounted for by the BRABUS speedometer whose scale ends at 400 km/h (250 mph). These tremendously fast speeds of course place especially high demands on the new aerodynamic-enhancement components, which like in motor racing are manufactured from carbon and which were subjected to extensive wind tunnel testing by the BRABUS designers. The front bumper is upgraded with an additional BRABUS front spoiler.

In concert with the distinctively styled air intakes, the aerodynamic-enhancement component lends the BRABUS 900 ROCKET Coupe an even more athletic front. At the same time, the BRABUS spoiler reduces lift on the front axle at high speeds for further optimized handling stability. The BRABUS naked carbon diffuser with tailor-made cutouts for the tailpipes of the BRABUS sport exhaust and a subtle rear spoiler add some further athleticism to the rear.

In addition, the designers have developed carbon attachments for the side air outlets in the rear bumper, which emphasize the sporty lines even more, and carbon covers for the exterior mirrors. The ìShadow Grayî paint finish of all bodywork components that are chromed on the S 65 production car is tailored precisely to the color of the BRABUS carbon fiber parts. Thrilling design, maximum quality and further enhanced driving dynamics are the outstanding traits of the BRABUS Monoblock wheels, which can be mounted on the BRABUS 900 ROCKET Coupe with diameters of 21 or 22 inches.

The BRABUS Monoblock ìPLATINUM EDITIONî 21-inch forged wheels come in various designs. The coupe presented in Geneva is on display with Monoblock F cross-spoke wheels, painted black to match the bodywork. The wheels are manufactured using state-of-the-art forging technology and consequently offer an optimal blend of maximum strength and lightweight construction. In sizes 9Jx21 on the front axle and 10.5Jx21 at the rear, they make excellent use of the available space in the wheel wells. BRABUS installs the optimal Continental, Pirelli and YOKOHAMA high-performance tires of sizes 255/35 ZR 21 at the front and 295/30 ZR 21 on the rear axle.

As an alternative, the high-performance coupe can also be fitted with BRABUS Monoblock G ìPlatinum Editionî wheels, whose anthracite-colored paint finish is perfectly coordinated with the BRABUS carbon bodywork parts. The five-spoke forged wheels of size 9Jx22 with 255/30 ZR 22 tires on the front axle and size 10Jx22 wheels with 295/25 ZR 22 tires at the rear also make full use of the available space in the wheel wells. The BRABUS suspension lowering module is calibrated to these sporty 21-inch or 22-inch low-profile tires.

It lowers the ride-height of the two-door car by about 15 millimeters (.6 in). An especially exclusive light brown and magnolia BRABUS fine leather interior in concert with beige topstitching and ìFireî piping add a sporty-elegant contrast to the black paint finish of the BRABUS 900 ROCKET Coupe. The umbra-colored precious-wood inlays with open-pore surface finishes are also custom-made for this BRABUS supercar.

Sporty aluminum components such as the BRABUS RACE paddle shifters, pedals and door pins round off the cockpit. Scuff plates with backlit BRABUS 900 logo that change color in sync with the interior ambience lighting welcome driver and passengers. The BRABUS 900 ROCKET Coupe is available as a complete car or can be built based on any current Mercedes S 65 Coupe.

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