2011 Essen Motor Show: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster by Brabus

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 27, 2011

Brabus was guided by the Style & Performance principle during its program to take the new Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster further. To this effect, the SLS roadster is provided with an aerodynamic-enhancement kit made of from clear-coated carbon fiber, a comfortable sport suspension and lightweight Brabus forged wheels.

In addition, Brabus tuned the engine of the SLS AMG Roadster to allow it to produce up to 611 hp (600 bhp/ 448 kW) of output and matched this with a high-performance titanium exhaust system with electronic sound management.

Likewise, Brabus customized the interior according to the customer’s personal preferences.

On the other hand, Brabus provided the SLS Roadster with the Brabus Ride Control smooth-ride suspension that it developed in collaboration with Bilstein. Brabus Ride Control could lower the SLS Roadster’s ride height by up to 40 mm (1.6 inches).

Drivers -- with just a press of a button on the center console – could adjust the damper settings to make the Brabus-modified SLS Roadster more comfortable or sportier ride than a conventional model. Customers may also upgrade the sport suspension and the production suspension of the SLS Roadster with the Brabus Front Lift System, which – through a hydraulics system – could raise the car’s front end by 50 mm (2.0 inches) in a few seconds.

This means that the SLS Roadster, after a push of a button, could now easily and safely traverse speed bumps or parking garage ramps. A second push of the button would revert the suspension back to its original position, which would also initiate automatically once the SLS Roadster reaches a speed of 30 km/h (19 mph). The SLS Roadster is also equipped with an integrated butterfly valve that could provide a sound management option as controlled by the driver.

Two sound settings are available: 'Sport' that allows for more exciting exhaust audio, and 'Coming Home' that provides a discreet and deliberately soft note. Thanks to Brabus B63 S tuning, the eight-cylinder engine could now provide 611 hp (600 bhp/448 kW) of max output, up from the standard 571 hp (563 bhp/420 kW).

Exterior Design

The aerodynamic-enhancement kit for the SLS roadster was originally developed for its coupe counterpart, all made from lightweight carbon fiber. The kit’s components could be specified in either a high-gloss finish or with a matte finish. Also, customers could have the components finished in either the body color or a contrasting one.

Also, the SLS Roadster is provided with a Brabus front spoiler -- connected to the underside of the production bumper – that provides it with a more stunning front end while reducing lift on the front axle during high-speed travels. Providing added aesthetics are two Brabus carbon-fiber covers for the upper front air ducts. On the other hand, the sides of the SLS Roadster are specified with Brabus side skirts that create an aerodynamic transition between its front and rear wheel wells.

These skirts – along with air vents in the front fenders – give the SLS Roadster a more powerful and more dynamic profile. Interestingly, a simple push of the unlock button on the keyless remote or a pull of the door handle leads to the activation of the blue-backlit Brabus lettering in the new air vents and the LED entrance lights that allow for safer ingress and exit during low-light conditions.

As for its rear end, the SLS Roadster features a number of modified elements like the side air vents for the rear fascia and an understated Brabus rear spoiler, as well as the Brabus diffuser with custom-tailored cutouts for the Brabus quad sport exhaust’s four tailpipes. The overall appearance of the Brabus-modified SLS Roadster is accentuated by custom-developed Brabus forged wheels -- Brabus Monoblock F "Platinum Edition" cross-spoke wheels – that come in diameters of 21 inches on the front and 22 inches on the rear to further highlight the car’s wedge shape.

These custom wheels -- manufactured using a high-tech forging process – are not only stunning but are also lightweight (minus 12 percent compared to production wheels), which means that they allow the SLS Roadster to provide sportier handling. The wheels (sizes 9.5Jx20 in front and 11Jx21 on the rear) – which could be availed in high-gloss, ceramic polished or brushed finish – are wrapped in high-performance tires (sizes 275/30 ZR 20 and 295/25 ZR 21) from Continental, Pirelli or Yokohama.

Press Release

BRABUS REFINES THE NEW MERCEDES SLS AMG ROADSTER

Style & Performance: that's the guiding principle for Brabus to refine the new Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster now as well. The exclusive program comprises an aerodynamic-enhancement kit made from clear-coated carbon fiber, extremely lightweight Brabus forged wheels with a comfortable sport suspension, engine tuning that produces a maximum power output of 611 hp (600 bhp) / 448 kW, a titanium high-performance exhaust system with electronic sound management, and a fully customiz interior tailored to the owner's individual preferences in every last detail.

The Brabus designers have adapted the aerodynamic-enhancement program originally developed for the coupe version of the SLS to the new roadster. Just like in top-flight motorsports the various components are manufactured from extremely lightweight carbon fiber. Customers can choose between aerodynamic-enhancement components with a high-gloss finish or with a matte finish for undiluted racing looks. Upon request the components can also be painted in body or contrasting color.

The Brabus front spoiler attaches to the underside of the production bumper. It lends the two-seat car a more striking front end and reduces lift on the front axle at high speeds. The two Brabus carbon-fiber covers for the upper air ducts in the front fascia add further thrilling highlights.

On the sides the Brabus side skirts create an optimal aerodynamic transition between the front and rear wheel wells. But that's not all: together with the air vents in the front fenders that were newly designed by Brabus they lend the sports car an even more dynamic profile. A special feature of these components stands out particularly in the dark: pushing the unlock button on the keyless remote or pulling on a door handle activates the blue-backlit Brabus lettering in the new air vents and the LED entrance lights, which facilitate safe entering and exiting the vehicle in low-light conditions.

The rear end of the SLS Roadster adds even more sporty character as well: the modifications include the understated Brabus rear spoiler, the side air vents for the rear fascia and the Brabus diffuser with custom-tailored cutouts for the four distinctive tailpipes of the Brabus quad sport exhaust.

The more exclusive appearance is to no small extent also the merit of the Brabus forged wheels, which were custom-developed for the SLS. To add even more emphasis to the wedge shape of the car the wheels are mounted in a staggered combination with diameters of 21 inches on the front axle and 22 inches in the rear. The Brabus Monoblock F "Platinum Edition" cross-spoke wheels are manufactured using a high-tech forging process, making them more than just stunning eye-catchers. Their low weight also contributes to even sportier handling. Compared to the production SLS wheels they represent weight savings of up to 12 percent. The wheels in size 9.5Jx20 in front and in size 11Jx21 on the rear axle are available either with a high-gloss, ceramic polished or with a brushed finish. The suitable high-performance tires in sizes 275/30 ZR 20 and 295/25 ZR 21 are supplied by technology partners Continental, Pirelli or Yokohama.

Also contributing to even more agile handling is the Brabus Ride Control smooth-ride suspension that was developed in cooperation with Bilstein. It can lower the ride height by up to 40 millimeters (1.6 inches). At the push of a button on the center console the driver can choose between damper settings that offer a more comfortable or sportier ride than the production car.

The sport suspension and the production suspension can be upgraded with the Brabus Front Lift System for added convenience. At the push of a button, a hydraulics system raises the front end of the roadster by 50 millimeters (2.0 inches) in just a couple of seconds. This makes it possible to safely navigate past speed bumps or parking garage ramps without any unwanted contact of the front end with the obstacle. The suspension reverts to its original position at a second push of the button or automatically upon reaching a speed of 30 km/h (19 mph).

The sportier handling offers the perfect basis for more power. The Brabus engine specialists have developed the Brabus B63 S tuning kit for the 6.3-liter fast-revving V8 engine. The performance kit consists of newly calibrated engine electronics with special Brabus mapping for ignition and injection, and the Brabus high-performance exhaust system. This exhaust system, which can also be combined with the non-tuned production engine, features four tailpipes with a diameter of 84 millimeters (3.3 inches) and enhances power output. But that's not all: the sport exhaust is manufactured from titanium, making it 12 kilograms (26.5 lbs.) or 40 percent lighter than the production exhaust. In addition, an integrated butterfly valve provides a sound management option controlled by the driver from the cockpit: apart from the 'Sport' setting, which lends the eight-cylinder an even more thrilling exhaust note, there is also a discreet, deliberately soft 'Coming Home' mode. Brabus B63 S tuning bumps maximum power output from standard 571 hp (563 bhp) / 420 kW to 611 hp (600 bhp) / 448 kW, making the SLS even more dynamic.

The Brabus interior design studio gives the SLS cockpit an equally sporty and exclusive ambiance. Among the upgrades are striking accessories such as a speedometer with 400-km/h (250-mph) dial, an ergonomically shaped sport steering wheel, stainless-steel scuff plates with backlit Brabus logo and matte-anodized pedals.

The Brabus upholstery shop can fulfill requests for custom interiors in any color and design. The artisans meticulously transform leather and Alcantara by hand into interior appointments custom-tailored to the customer's individual preferences. Carbon-fiber and exotic-wood trim sets in any desired color and with every type of surface finish are yet another particular Brabus specialty.

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