Guess who’s back? None other than Brabus, who over the Le Mans weekend unveiled what it dubs as the ‘world’s fastest and most powerful four-seat cabriolet’. Meet the Brabus ‘850 6.0 Biturbo Cabrio’, which, as the name suggests, is an 850PS (838bhp), 6.0-litre Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet with so much torque, it’s had to be pegged back to save the engine.
Ah yes, the engine. AMG’s venerable 5.5-litre V8 engine has been increased in size to 5.9-litres. Brabus has also fitted a forged crankshaft, forged pistons and forged connecting rods, while the two cylinder heads have been machined for ‘maximum power delivery’. Obvs.
There are a pair of new turbochargers with bigger compressors, along with a new carbon intake, carbon air ducts, and gold heat reflection for the charge-air pipes. Also, a new exhaust manifold and a 3in stainless steel sports exhaust with the all-important butterfly valves to allow the selection of low noise, or lots of noise. “When the valves are open,” Brabus assures us, “the eight-cylinder twin-turbo engine sounds as sporty as a super sports car.”
There is 838bhp. There is a massive, massive peak torque figure of 1,069lb ft, which, as mentioned, needed to be pegged back to 848 lb ft. There is four-wheel-drive and a seven-speed auto ‘box. 0-62mph takes just 3.5s, and the whole thing is limited to 217mph because of ‘tyre limitations’. Yikes.
As you will spot, Brabus also fitted a new front spoiler, some carbon surrounds, a rear carbon diffuser and spoiler, and offers up many wheel options. You can also go to town on the interior.
Brabus will build you the whole thing for an unspecified sum, or indeed, you can hand over your new S63 AMG and have it upgraded. The choice is yours.
So, hands up who wants a four-seat, convertible Benz with 838bhp and a 217mph top speed? Answers below…