Brabus has never been known for its conservative tuning, and its latest model – the Mercedes-Benz S-Class derived SV12 R – isn’t about to spoil that reputation.
With a biturbo V12 engine under the bonnet, the Brabus SV12 R churns out an insane 552kW and peak torque of 1350Nm.
In Brabus’ own words, the SV12 R Biturbo 750 engine is a prime example for the old adage that nothing can replace displacement except more displacement.
With this philosophy in mind, Brabus has bored out the standard 5.5-litre V12 engine to 6.3-litres, incorporating a special crankshaft, larger diameter forged pistons, larger turbochargers, a more efficient cooling system and high-performance stainless-steel exhaust.
In an effort to cull the typical rubber-to-smoke effect derived from 1350Nm of torque from just 2100rpm, Brabus has been forced to electronically limit peak torque to ‘just’ 1100Nm.
Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a modified five-speed automatic transmission, with an optional locking differential doing its best to tame the torque.
Its extraordinary power makes the BRABUS SV12 R not just the most powerful but also the fastest luxury sedan in the world, accelerating from zero to 100km/h in just 4.0 seconds, 200km/h after just 11.9 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 340km/h.
With a top speed considerably higher than Mercedes ever intended, Brabus has had to completely redesign the aerodynamic components from scratch, using a wind tunnel to develop a striking front apron whose sophisticated shape reduces lift on the front axle.
Brabus designers have also developed custom-tailored front aluminium sport fenders that replace their production counterparts featuring integrated air vents made from clear-coated carbon.
The aerodynamic-enhancement concept is rounded out by the Brabus rear spoiler lip and the new rear apron for the facelift-generation of the S-Class.
Brabus has also developed a unique business concept for the Mercedes S-Class featuring around an ultra-slim 3.0GHz notebook computer housed safely in a docking station inside an electrically deployed drawer in the trunk.
A 15.2-inch screen serves as the computer monitor with the package capable of connecting to the internet, playing digital television, Blu-Ray discs, video conferencing and even includes a colour printer in the rear.