Mercedes-Benz tuning specialist BRABUS has unveiled a BRABUS High Performance 4WD Full Electric concept car at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Based on the latest Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan, the concept features a full-electric powertrain and all-wheel drive system.
BRABUS is usually only associated with high-performance, often very large capacity V8 and V12 engines, and turning luxury Mercedes-Benz vehicles into stealthy autobahn monsters with extreme top speeds. This time though, the tuner has focused on creating a concept that’s kinder to the environment.
The BRABUS concept features four electric motors mounted at each wheel, providing full-time all-wheel drive. These motors each produce 80kW of power and 800Nm of torque, which means, all up, the BRABUS concept produces 320kW and 3200Nm – who said BRABUS couldn’t be mean as well as green?
BRABUS says the concept is capable of sprinting, almost silently, from 0-100km/h in just 6.9 seconds and going on to a top speed of 220km/h. This is thanks to an 56kWh lithium-ion battery pack which provides a full-charge range of around 350km.
The battery pack is also recharged under braking using an advanced electro-hydraulic braking system.