P O W E R
UNMITIGATED LUXURY and POWER
T he new facelift generation of the Mercedes-Maybach continues to represent
the absolute pinnacle of state-of-the-art automotive engineering. Nonetheless,
this luxury sedan still leaves room for custom refinement.
With its 12-cylinder twin-turbo engine rated at 390 kW / 530 HP (523 bhp), the
Mercedes-Maybach S 650 already has plenty of power ex-factory. However, powered
by the BRABUS 900 6.3 V12 twin-turbo increased-displacement engine, the
luxury liner reaches a performance level usually reserved for the world’s most
powerful super sports cars.
To this end, the company hi-tech engine shop employs the tried and proven principle
of increasing the engine’s displacement, in this case from 6.0 to 6.3 liters
(366 to 384 cu in).
Extensive modifications to the engine peripherals are also imperative to achieve
the desired high level of performance. The two production turbos are replaced
with turbochargers that have larger compressor units and larger turbines, which
are adapted to the V12 engine with the help of special exhaust manifolds. In addition,
the conversion includes down pipes with a diameter of 80 millimeters (3.1 in),
free-flow metal catalysts and a stainless BRABUS high-performance exhaust
system with actively controlled exhaust flaps.
On the intake side, the carbon BRABUS 900 intake module, which draws its air
through an air duct in the hood directly from the redesigned radiator grille, is immediately
After the conversion at the Bottrop plant, the V12 engine, which is operated exclusively
with hi-tech motor oil from MOTUL, has a peak output of 662 kW / 900 HP
(888 bhp) at a low 5,500 rpm and produces a gigantic peak torque of 1,500 Nm
(1,106 lb-ft) at 4,200 rpm.
Powered by the BRABUS ROCKET 900 6.3 V12 twin-turbo engine, the four-seater
accelerates from 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.7 seconds. The top speed is in
excess of 350 km/h (217 mph).
In order to make safe use of the tremendous performance of the tuned luxury
sedan and to give the vehicle an even more dynamic visual touch, the BRABUS
suspension engineers developed tailor-made 21-inch and 22-inch wheels in various
designs. The „PLATINUM EDITION“ hi-tech forged wheels of sizes 9Jx21 at
the front and 10.5x21 at the rear make full use of the available space under the
wheel arches of the Maybach. BRABUS technology partners Continental, Pirelli
and YOKOHAMA supply the matching high-performance tires of sizes 255/35 ZR
21 on the front axle and 295/30 ZR 21 at the rear.