BRABUS 900 - The ultimate luxury supercar

26.02.2019 - The Mercedes-Maybach S 650 represents the absolute pinnacle of automotive construction in the world. Nonetheless, even this luxury sedan leaves room for individual refinement, which BRABUS realizes with its best engineers, designers, technicians and artisans in the form of the unique BRABUS 900 luxury supercar.

The BRABUS ROCKET 900 6.3 V12 twin-turbo increased-displacement engine provides the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 with an enormous rated power output of 662 kW / 900 hp (888 bhp) and a peak torque of 1,500 Nm (1,106 lb-ft). The top speed is electronically limited to 350 km/h.

To match the extreme performance of the luxury liner, BRABUS adds some sporty-elegant highlights to the appearance of the four-seater with BRABUS aerodynamic-enhancement components and 21-inch BRABUS Monoblock M "PLATINUM EDITION" hi-tech forged wheels. The shadow chrome plating of all standard chrome parts, which is also found on the BRABUS wheels, adds further custom touches.

Another BRABUS domain is exclusive interior design. The company upholstery shop is able to realize any individual request no matter how special it is with the finest leather, Alcantara, noble wood and carbon.

The Mercedes-Maybach S 650 comes off the factory line with a 12-cylinder twin-turbo engine producing 390 kW / 530 hp (523 bhp) and is thus anything but underpowered. However, powered by the BRABUS ROCKET 900 6.3 V12 twin-turbo increased-displacement engine, the luxury liner attains a performance level previously the exclusive domain of the world’s most powerful super sports cars.

To this end, the company high-tech engine shop employs the tried and proven principle of increasing the engine’s displacement. The installation of a custom BRABUS billet crankshaft with longer stroke in concert with a larger cylinder bore, matching forged pistons and precision-balanced connecting rods increases the displacement 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 level of high 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 downpipes with a diameter of 80 millimeters (3.1 in), free-flow metal catalysts and a stainless-steel BRABUS high-performance exhaust system with actively controlled exhaust flaps.

Numerous modifications on the intake side ensure the engine’s optimized air supply. The carbon-fiber BRABUS 900 intake module, which draws its air through an air duct in the hood directly from the redesigned radiator grille, is immediately identifiable. The new intake manifold includes a special air filter box with larger cross-section and special filters as well as “Gold Heat Reflection” sheathing for lowering the temperature.

Newly programmed mapping for injection, boost pressure control and ignition coordinate the perfect interaction of all high-performance components and modifications. The result is not only maximum power, but also compliance with the strict limits of the current EURO VI emissions standards.

After the conversion, 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.

Despite a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 2.8 tons, the BRABUS supercar based on the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 delivers a performance usually only achieved by a few full-blooded super sports cars: 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. Depending on the installed wheel/tire combination, the luxury liner hits the limiter at a maximum speed of 350 km/h (217 mph).

Of course, the extensive BRABUS range of engine tuning also includes fitting performance upgrades for the S 560 version of the Mercedes-Maybach, which can increase the output of the 4.0-liter (243 cu in) twin-turbo V8 to up to 478 kW / 650 hp (641 bhp) and bump peak torque to 820 Nm (605 lb-ft).

To be able to use the tremendous road performance of the tuned luxury liner safely and give the vehicle an even more dynamic touch, the BRABUS suspension engineers developed tailor-made wheels. Available for the Maybach are 21-inch BRABUS Monoblock VI evo, Monoblock F, M, R and Monoblock Y "PLATINUM EDITION" forged wheels.

The show car at the Geneva Motor Show 2019 is equipped with the newest member of the BRABUS family of wheels: Monoblock M stands for a distinctive, large disc design with effectively used highlights in the form of ten openings of two different sizes and shapes each. The forged rims of this BRABUS 900 show car were given the same shadow chrome plating as all chrome parts on the bodywork.

These hi-tech wheels of sizes 9Jx21 at the front and 10.5J x21 on the rear axle make optimal 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 for the front axle and 295/30 ZR 21 for the rear.In addition, BRABUS also offers a 22-inch variant featuring the BRABUS Monoblock G design for the top-of-the-range S-Class models.

The BRABUS front bumper, which was newly developed for the facelift model, replaces the production bumper in its entirety. It provides not only a visual upgrade, but thanks to the integrated front spoiler also reduces front axle lift at high speeds, further improving the handling stability. The large air intakes in the BRABUS bumper optimize the supply of fresh air to radiators, engine and front brakes. With an understated chrome add-on package, on this show car naturally also in shadow chrome, the BRABUS designers pick up the design idiom of the top-of-the-range S-Class model in their aerodynamic-enhancement components as well.

An equally unusual and functional feature is the BRABUS courtesy welcome lighting, which is activated in the dark by pulling on an inside door handle or, if Keyless-Go mode is engaged, when the driver approaches the vehicle. The illumination of the ground to the left and right of the upgraded Maybach provides enhanced safety for getting in and out.

The BRABUS rear bumper redefines the view from the rear. Its integrated diffuser features tailor-made cutouts for the four chrome-plated tailpipes of the BRABUS high-performance exhaust system. The exhaust has actively controlled exhaust flaps to allow the driver to control the exhaust note at the push of a button on the steering wheel. Drivers can choose between operating their luxury sedan in a subtle and quiet ‘Coming Home’ mode and enjoying a markedly powerful engine sound in the ‘Sport’ position.

The customization of the interior is another particular BRABUS specialty. The company upholstery shop creates perfectly crafted BRABUS “Masterpiece” interiors for the Maybach models painstakingly tailored to the wishes of the vehicle owner in every detail.

This includes a limitless variety of types of leathers and Alcantara in any desired color, which can be finished in any desired upholstery design. Just as individual is the range of wood or carbon-fiber inlays, which are also available in any desired color and with a variety of surface finishes. The BRABUS 400-km/h speedometer (250-mph) matches the performance of the BRABUS 900 6.3 V12 twin-turbo increased-displacement engine. The ergonomic BRABUS RACE paddle shifters on the steering wheel make changing gears manually even more fun.

The show car on display in Geneva this year was fitted with an especially exquisite BRABUS "Masterpiece" all-leather interior in the company upholstery shop. The seats, parts of the dashboard and the door panels are trimmed with mocha-colored leather, with black piping providing contrast. The precise perforation of the classy material on the seat surfaces ensures optimal functioning of the seat ventilation. The diamond quilting of the leather on selected parts of the seats and door panels was applied with that same precision. Even the likewise mocha-colored leather flooring largely sports the same quilting pattern. Another unusual BRABUS idea is the starry sky headliner, whose hundreds of fiber optics can change color in sync with the ambient lighting.

BRABUS is one of the pioneers in the development of innovative, functional and stylishly integrated business and multimedia systems in cars. The BRABUS in-car IT experts utilized this expertise to develop a business and entertainment concept that was integrated into the Mercedes-Maybach equally perfectly and stylishly.

The BRABUS 900 based on the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 can be built to customer order as a complete car. Customers who already own such a car can have their own luxury sedan converted to this level all at once or in stages.

Fuel economy, CO2 emissions and efficiency class:

BRABUS 900 based on the Mercedes-Maybach S 650: city 17.1 l/100 km, highway 8.6 l/100 km, combined: 11.9 l/100 km. Combined CO2 emissions: 279 g/km, efficiency class F.

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