If you want your car to be outfitted with an iPad 2 that controls the in-car entertainment system, then be sure to get the Brabus 800 iBusiness 2.0. This car is based on the 12-cylinder Mercedes-Benz S600 or S65 AMG. So far, the only car available on the market that features an iPad as standard equipment is Hyundai’s Equus flagship sedan.
The Brabus 800 iBusiness 2.0 has an output of 788hp and an electronically limited 847 pound-feet of torque. Accelerating from zero to 62 mph can be accomplished in 3.9 seconds. The Brabus-based S-Class has been fitted with the iPad 2 with integrated cameras, making it possible to hold a video conference while pursuing its claimed top speed of 219 mph.
Brabus has installed the car with two twin iPad 2s, which are positioned at the back of the front seats with an adjustable tabletop for the keyboard.
The 15.2-inch TFT display is situated between the two rear seats. Backseat passengers are able to control all of the car’s functions due to the iPad’s WiFi connection to a Mini Mac that’s fitted in the trunk. For security, the iPads can be hidden in the center console, where the batteries are recharged via a docking station.
Brabus also gave the car a 64-GB iPod and high-speed USB ports that are located in the rear compartment. Brabus also made sure that you don’t miss your favorite TV shows as digital television signals are received via DVBT.
Rear seat passengers can get additional privacy from its power-operated curtains. Brabus also offers the Yachting wood-trim package as an option. Brabus claims that the hand-created wood-trim pieces have the look and feel of a miniature ship veneer. The interior is filled with plenty of leather and Alcantara. A set of 19- to 21-inch wheels is also available. The iBusiness 2.0 can be fitted into any S-Class model.
The BRABUS “iBusiness 2.0” multimedia system features a new version of the BRABUS table customised for the Apple iPad 2. An iPad can fit into a special tabletop holder on the back side of each front seat. The holder is electrically operated, highly adjustable, and has the same fine leather cover as the interior with a stylish and shiny aluminium border. It also contains grooves for securing the iPad and any Bluetooth keyboard which can be set horizontally or vertically.
The iPad 2 is used as the master control of the BRABUS system from the passenger or backseat. Its improved CPU and 9-times better graphics performance than the original iPad makes it much better for the new “iBusiness”.
A WiFi network connects the iPad 2 to a MiniMac which becomes the central computer. This compact but highly capable computer is securely hidden in an automatic drawer that mimics the computer’s looks, located in the trunk beneath the rear shelf.
The tablet has also been incorporated with the car’s own electronic equipment, thanks to the BRABUS electronic specialists. This allows for control over all other car features like the navigation system, radio and telephone through the COMAND system from the backseat.
When the “iBusiness” or the iPad 2 is not needed, like when the vehicle is parked, the tablet can be kept away safely inside special BRABUS storage spaces in the centre console. This also has a dock that serves as a charger.
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