The current iteration of the ‘world’s best car’, i.e. the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, offers its wealthy owner with unrivalled class, comfort, restrained good looks and the latest the auto-tech industry has to offer. And for some, the standard powerplants on offer, simply aren’t punchy enough. For those craving for more loathsome power, there’s the AMG team, which is always up for more horsepower. The S63 AMG coupé, is quite powerful in its own right, delivering 585 horsepower and a tow-truck like 900 Nm of twisting force, aka, torque. This helps get the German coupé to 100 km/h in under 4 seconds, while the top speed sees the needle hitting 250 km/h, impressive!
The standard S63 AMG coupé, isn’t powerful enough for some. Yes, there are such people in existence.
Welcome, Brabus. The tuning house that’s even more mental and power-crazed than AMG! What Brabus has done with their 850 6.0 Biturbo Coupé, is make the most powerful and quickest all-wheel drive coupé, in existence. How did they do it? Simple, they started with the engine. The standard coupé’s 5.5-litre unit, no longer displaces 5.5-litres. As the 6.0 moniker suggests, the motor’s displacement has now been increased to almost six litres. This, is courtesy of larger cylinder bores and a longer stroke crankshaft, specially made for this coupé by Brabus. All of this teams up with larger and beefier forged pistons, special Brabus turbochargers, an updated ECU for the engine, newer exhaust manifolds and a stainless steel sports exhaust system. Did we mention that the air intake ducts are made of carbon-fibre? Oh, and a number of engine parts are coated with gold to reflect heat. Put all of this together and the result is more power, a tonne more power.
This engine is nothing short of a tiny nuke!
Brabus has rated this engine at 850 horsepower and a biblical 1450 Nm of torque. In reality however, the engine produces 838 horses and 1150 Nm of torque. The torque had to be electronically curbed to this figure, so as to keep the mechanical components from wearing out too quickly. However, that still hasn’t hurt this lunatic car’s performance, as 0-100 km/h is swiftly dispatched in 3.5 seconds. Unfortunately, the top speed had to be limited to just 350 km/h, in order to prolong the tyres’ life.
Carbon-ceramic brakes for this coupé, is a must!
Talking of which, you can have your Brabus 850 with a choice of gargantuan Monoblock wheels, the one pictured above is a 21-incher. These magnificent gold tone wheels on this particular example, wear 255-section rubber at the front and 295-section ones at the rear. You can, if you want, pick tyres made by Pirelli, Continental, or Yokohama. Brabus hasn’t ignored aerodynamics; The 850 coupé comes fitted with a carbon-fibre front spoiler, a carbon-fibre rear diffuser and the whole car has been lowered by 15mm, as compared to the standard AMG coupé.
Notice the rear diffuser with the quad exhaust pipes and the discreet boot-lip spoiler.
Mastik leather seats with copper stitching and gold tone aluminium paddle-shifters.
The steering wheel bears the three-pointed star.
If you think the modifications stop at the exterior, you’d be wrong. The cabin gets generous doses of leather, carbon-fibre, Alcantara and aluminium. Brabus has also been busy replacing 219 switches and accents, to colour-match the colour of the wheels. However, the 7-speed AMG transmission and the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system have been left untouched. The Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo Coupé will make its official global debut at the upcoming 2015 Geneva Motor Show.