Brabus Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG: official details, photos and specs

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 30, 2010

Brabus, the well-known tuning company specialized in Mercedes-Benz vehicles, unveiled today its latest customization programme for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. The new programme includes a front spoiler, designed to reduce lift on the front axle at high speeds, two Brabus covers for the upper air inlets designed to optimize cooling air supply, new air outlets for the front fenders featuring the blue-illuminated Brabus lettering, a new rear spoiler as well as a Brabus rear fascia element featuring custom-tailored cutouts for the four exhaust tips of the Brabus sport exhaust system.

The kit is completed by the new Brabus Monoblock F Platinum Edition wheels, which are up to twelve percent lighter than the stock wheels. Also, Brabus added its high-adjustable smooth-ride suspension (Ride Control), which can lower the height of the car by up to 40 millimeters (1.6 inches) at the push of a button.

Brabus will soon offer its front lift system, which can raise the front of the car by 50 millimeters (2 inches) at the push of a button to safely navigate steep parking ramps or other obstacles. Under the hood we find the same standard 6.3-liter V8 engine fitted with a new Brabus titanium sports exhaust system with four slanted exhaust tips. The tips have a diameter of 84 millimeters (3.3 inches).

This exhaust system weighs 12 kilograms (26 lbs.) or 40 percent less than the production exhaust and adds an extra ten horsepower to the engine's output.

The new exhaust system is controlled via a pneumatic bypass gate activated from the cockpit, offering several sound levels such as normal mode or coming home, designed to deliver a lower sound level that is quieter than the production exhaust. According to Brabus, a tuning kit for the engine will be available at a later date.

Inside, we find exclusive accessories and masterfully crafted custom interiors. A new speedometer with 400-km/h scale (250 mph) already hints at the car's future performance with Brabus engine tuning.

Furthermore, Brabus offers a new steering wheel, stainless-steel scuff plates with illuminated Brabus logo and matte anodized pedals. The Brabus upholstery shop creates fully custom interiors for the SLS from top-quality materials.

Press Release

BRABUS Refines the Mercedes SLS AMG

Carbon fiber, handling and ultra lightweight! That’s the guiding principle of BRABUS (Brabus-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777 111, Internet www.brabus.com) for refining the Mercedes SLS AMG. The exclusive sport program comprises aerodynamic-enhancement components made from carbon fiber, ultra-lightweight forged wheels, an electronically adjustable smooth-ride suspension (Ride Control) suspension, a titanium exhaust system with bypass gate, and BRABUS leather.

Extremely light yet enormously strong carbon fiber identical to the one used in Formula 1 racing was chosen as the material for the BRABUS aerodynamic-enhancement components. The components were developed in the wind tunnel. They give the gullwing car an even more striking appearance while optimizing its aerodynamic properties. All components are available either made from clear-coated carbon fiber for a true racing flair or can be painted to match or contrast with the car’s exterior color.

The front fascia of the coupe receives a visual upgrade with the BRABUS front spoiler. But that’s not all: The spoiler further reduces lift on the front axle at high speeds which results in even better directional stability. The two BRABUS covers for the upper air inlets in the bumper lend the SLS an even more striking face while optimizing the cooling air supply.

BRABUS also lends the sides of the SLS a sharper profile. The new air outlets for the front fenders feature a modern design with integrated blue-illuminated BRABUS lettering. The illumination is activated via the keyless-entry remote or by pulling on a door handle.

The BRABUS rocker panels were shaped to create optimal airflow between front and rear axle. Integrated entrance lights provide for safe entering and exiting of the vehicle in the dark.

BRABUS also adds some more visual pizzazz to the rear appearance of the SLS with the BRABUS rear spoiler and the BRABUS rear fascia element that features custom-tailored cutouts for the four exhaust tips of the BRABUS sport exhaust system.

Forged wheels that were custom-developed for the SLS are also elementary for the electrifying BRABUS look. By choosing a staggered tire/wheel combination with diameters of 20 inches in front and 21 inches on the rear axle BRABUS further emphasizes the sporty character of the two-door car. The ultra-light BRABUS Monoblock F PLATINUM EDITION cross-spoke wheels are up to twelve percent lighter than the stock wheels of the SLS and are mounted in size 9.5Jx20 in front and in size 11Jx21 on the rear axle. The extremely wide high-performance tires in sizes 275/30 ZR 20 and 295/25 ZR 21 are supplied by BRABUS technology partners Pirelli and YOKOHAMA.

Another special development is the height-adjustable BRABUS smooth ride suspension (Ride Control) that was developed in cooperation with BILSTEIN. It can lower the ride height of the sports car by up to 40 millimeters (1.6 inches). At the push of a button the driver can choose between damper settings that offer a more comfortable or sportier ride compared to the production suspension. To complement this suspension BRABUS will soon offer the BRABUS Front Lift system. It raises the front of the car by some 50 millimeters (2 inches) at the push of a button to safely navigate steep parking ramps or other obstacles.

While engine tuning for the 6.3-liter V8 is still in the final development phase there already is an extremely lightweight BRABUS titanium sport exhaust system with four slanted exhaust tips. The tips have a diameter of 84 millimeters (3.3 inches). This exhaust system weighs 12 kilograms (26 lbs.) or 40 percent less than the production exhaust and adds an extra ten horsepower to the engine’s output.

A special feature of this exhaust system is a pneumatically controlled bypass gate that is activated from the cockpit. The normal mode represents a “coming home” sound level that is quieter than the production exhaust. It appeals especially to the neighbors when the SLS returns home late at night. With open bypass gate the eight-cylinder engine sounds even sportier than with the stock exhaust system.

For the cockpit of the two-seater the BRABUS interior designers have developed exclusive accessories and masterfully crafted custom interiors. The speedometer with 400-km/h scale (250 mph) already hints at the car’s future performance with BRABUS engine tuning. An ergonomically shaped sport steering wheel is also part of the BRABUS customization program as are stainless-steel scuff plates with illuminated BRABUS logo and matte-anodized pedals.

The BRABUS upholstery shop creates fully custom interiors for the SLS from top-quality materials. Customers can choose from different types of leather and Alcantara in any desired color and design to suit their individual tastes.

BRABUS can also fulfill individual requests for the trim on dashboard, center console and door panels. BRABUS manufactures carbon-fiber and wood trim sets in any color and with any desired surface finish.

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