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Brabus, most well known for its Mercedes-Benz tuning programs, has announced that it will be joining a new industry: customization of private jets.
For over the past 35 years, Brabus has been providing tailor-made cars with a recent focus on businesses that clearly inspired its new Private Aviation program. Having been customizing customers’ yachts and vehicles for so long, it seems almost natural that Brabus would turn its attention to private jets around the world.
Most of its custom-tailored programs will be for the cabins of brand-new executive jets, but Brabus has no issues redesigning and customizing aircrafts that are already in operation. Attention is paid to making jets more business-friendly, but most importantly, more luxurious.
Two design lines will be on display at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition on May 14-16 in Geneva, both of which can be used as a starting point for cabin design and customization. One is called ‘elegance’ which clearly focuses on luxury, while the other is titled ‘sportive’ which is of course, more sporty.
“The exclusive customization of aircraft by the new BRABUS PRIVATE AVIATION business division is the logical evolution of the product portfolio for us,” explains Prof. Bodo Buschmann, CEO of the Brabus Group. “A number of customers already asked us in the past to trim their yachts to fit their personal taste and there also have been repeated requests for custom-tailored Brabus interiors for private jets. That’s why in addition to our marine division we now also have the Brabus Private Aviation business division.”
Interested parties should be aware that Brabus will be more than happy to make any dream come true if you have the money. Its long line of expertise with vehicle customization will surely make some private jet owners quite happy.
GALLERY: Brabus Private Aviation
Offering the mighty 6.3-liter V8 AMG engine in almost every model in its current line-up, Mercedes-Benz is a master of creating powerful machines cloaked in rather inconspicuous exteriors.
A favorite for driving enthusiasts that enjoy the idea of a wolf in sheep’s clothing, Mercedes-Benz created its first sleeper sedan in 1985 when it developed the Mercedes Benz 500 E sports sedan in cooperation with Porsche.
In fact, the ultimate iteration of the mid-size W124 was hand-built to perfection over a span of 18 days each at Porsche’s Rossle-Bau plant in Zuffenhausen, Germany. Power comes from a specially tuned 5.0-liter V8 engine taken from the 500 SL roadster, delivering 322 hp and 354 lb-ft. of torque, propelling it from 0-60 in 5.5 seconds all the way to a top speed of 177 mph.
Seriously quick even by modern standards, the 500 E was known by many as the “Hammer” for its brute power and relentless delivery. Brabus decided to take it even further, enlarging the engine to become a 6.5-liter unit delivering 444 hp. Acceleration would take only 5.2 seconds to 60 mph but top speed remained the same.
Now more than 20 years old, a mint example is hard to find. Coincidentally, Brabus just so happens to be selling a virtually brand new “6.5″ right now. With only 157 miles on the odometer, this is likely the best preserved example of the cult classic in the world. However, few details on the vehicle have been provided and in fact, even the model year and price have been omitted. To learn more about the car for sale, visit the Brabus website and shoot them an email or give them a call.
GALLERY: Brabus 6.5
Earlier today, we reported that Brabus introduced an all new Bullitt C-Class coupe. Packing 800-hp from a heavily retuned V12, the Brabus Bullitt eclipses the output of the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series by nearly 300-hp.
Having made its name with “big-power” creations, Brabus is known to go “tiny-tunes” with the Smart Fortwo as well. Not only has Brabus released details of an electric Brabus Fortwo EV for the Geneva Show, but the German tuner has also announced another project based on the Fortwo Cabrio, known as the Ultimate 120. The Ultimate 120 is pretty straightforward, offering only 120 units, just as its name suggest. What’s more, its name is also derived from the round output of its 3-cylinder turbo engine, 120 PS (118 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 118 lb.-ft. of torque from 2,250 to 3,750 rpm.
Other hardware upgrades include a stainless-steel sport exhaust, height-adjustable coil over suspension, a high-performance brake system with cross-drilled discs and four-piston calipers at the front, new 18-inch wheels fitted with high performance tires.
In terms of its exterior, the Ultimate 120 receives a wide-body kit that includes a front spoiler, side sills, a rear apron, and wider fenders.
Brabus chose black mastik leather with red contrast stitching for its interior. In addition, the Ultimate 120 also gets Recaro Sportster seats, a Brabus steering wheel, body colored agent trims, stainless steel pedals and aluminum shifter and hand-brake lever.
With so much to offer, the limited production Ultimate 120 isn’t cheap. Prices are set at a steep 45,900 euros, or $61,600 USD. At that pricetag, even the Aston Martin Cygnet starts to look like a bargain.
GALLERY: Brabus Ultimate 120
Smart will debut a Brabus Fortwo EV and electric bike at the Geneva Motor Show, which is just around the corner now. The special edition Fortwo EV from Brabus will sport 17-inch wheels, Brabus styling accessories, and an “electric green” interior.
Smart also announced that they will have the Brabus variant of their electric Fortwo in 12 countries by the end of the year, packing around 80-hp. Unfortunately the German automaker still hasn’t announced its range on a single charge.
The e-bike will pack an electric motor with 500 watts of power and can hit a top speed of 25-mph and will also be available at Smart dealerships by the end of the year. You can pick up a Smart e-bike for around $3,700, but no pricing has been announced yet for the Brabus Fortwo EV; we can probably expect it when the car gets closer to the dealership lots.
GALLERY: Brabus Smart Fortwo EV and e-Bike
It appears that the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Black Series Coupe needs to step aside for the Brabus Bullit Coupe. The most powerful C-Class in the world from famed Mercedes tuner Brabus will be introduced to the world at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.
Based on a standard C-Class Coupe, the Brabus Bullit packs 800-hp and is powered by the same V12 powerplant found in the S-Class. Displacement has been increased from 5.5L to 6.3L with a pair of upgraded turbochargers. The real kicker is the fact that it can make up to 1047 lb-ft of torque, but has been electronically limited to just 811 lb-ft.
That means it hits 62-mph in merely 3.7 seconds. That’s half a second faster than the C63 AMG Black Series that sports a 6.2L V8 with 517-hp and 457 lb-ft of torque, which is incredible already.
The awesome Brabus Bullit comes at a price though, at around $594,000 (€449,820) based on today’s conversion rates. That means the fastest and most powerful C-Class Coupe in the world is definitely the most expensive C-Class in the world too.
Stay tuned for more from the Geneva Motor Show starting March 6th, and see the complete Geneva Motor Show preview here.
GALLERY: Brabus Bullit Coupe
Over in the United Kingdom, Hertz has teamed up with Premiere Velocity in order to offer their customers the ability to rent some of the world’s finest exotic supercars. The list of exotics being offered is impressive including Lamborghini‘s LP560-4 Bicolore and Aventador, Porsche‘s Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet, Ferrari‘s 458 Italia, Range Rover‘s Evoque, Mercedes-Benz‘s Brabus S-Class and SLS AMG Roadster, Rolls-Royce’s Phantom and even McLaren’s MP4.
The full range of cars available is up on Hertz’s website and a 5-percent discount is offered when booking through http://www.hertzsupercars.com. Prices vary, but a C63 AMG for example is £201.25 a day ($314) while an Audi R8 is £362.25 ($565). Hertz wand Premiere will also offer customers with a bespoke meet, greet and delivery system at any agreed location whether it be their home, office, hotel or airport.
The requirements? Enough money, 25-years of age and no more than six points on their driver’s license.
Brabus has announced a Roadster variant of their custom Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and it looks to be based on the tuning package for the 700 Biturbo SLS AMG Coupe. Its official debut will be at the upcoming Essen Motor Show on November 26th, 2011.
No official specifications were announced, but based on the Biturbo 700, we can safely assume the Brabus SLS AMG Roadster sports 700-hp with 626 lb-ft of torque thanks to the B63 bi-turbo system. Plenty of carbon fiber components adorn the exterior of the vehicle, though we’re sure there’s slight differences between the Roadster and the Coupe’s styling accessories due to aerodynamics.
Along with the turbo upgrade and styling accessories, Brabus also offers interior customization for the SLS AMG Roadster, as they do with various other Mercedes models.
GALLERY: Brabus Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster
Brabus has unveiled arguably their best project yet, a Mercedes-Benz CL Coupe packing 800-hp thanks to a stroked 6.3L V12 twin-turbo. Based on the CL 600, the tuning geniuses at Brabus modified the factory 5.5L with a custom crankshaft, larger cylinder bore and new forged pistons.
But the engine modifications didn’t stop there. With the newly rebuilt shortblock ready to go, Brabus turned their attention to the top-end of the motor, installing four custom camshafts, new machining for the cylinder heads and then bolted on their twin-turbo system complete with new exhaust manifolds, and four water-to-air intercoolers. Bolt-ons include a carbon fiber ram air intake and stainless steel exhaust with free-flow metal cats.
As if the 800-hp wasn’t impressive enough, the CL 800 Coupe is capable of pushing out over 1,047 lb-ft of torque, but has been electronically limited to 811 lb-ft. To withstand all the extra power, Brabus beefed up the five-speed automatic transmission while also adding a limited-slip differential with a locking rate of 40-percent.
0-62 mph comes in at a scant 3.9 seconds while it hits 124-mph in just 10.3 seconds. Top speed has been limited to 217-mph, which is more than enough.
Obviously any project by Brabus includes exterior and interior modifications. A full styling package was added to accent the Brabus Monoblock wheels that are available in 18- to 22-inch sizes. Their lowering module was also installed, lowering the CL almost a full inch. A big brake upgrade round off all the performance modifications.
The interior sports a black and white theme with Brabus logos embroidered and found throughout the decor. No pricing was announced on the project, but we’re assuming it won’t be cheap.
GALLERY: Brabus Mercedes-Benz CL 800 Coupe
Unlike American auto shows where where tuners are segregated off into some basement hall, at the Frankfurt Auto Show they’re invited to join in on the action. Sharing hall space with the likes of Land Rover, Lotus and Jaguar, tuners such as Brabus, Mansory and TechArt. Highlights include the new Brabus 800 ‘Rocket’, the TechArt GTStreet RS based on the new GT2RS and of course there’s always the selection of ridiculously modified Mansory machines. Check out all the modified luxury and exotic models in the gallery below.
GALLERY: Tuner Cars of the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show
Using the Mercedes-Benz E220 BlueTec, as a foundation; noted German tuning house Brabus has unveiled its latest Hybrid Project, powered by a direct injection diesel engine with Brabus ‘Eco’ technology and dual electric motors housed in the rear wheel hubs.
Making its world debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA); the Brabus Hybrid project was developed by the firm’s ZERO EMISSION business division which, in conjunction with Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Environment, works on alternative drive technologies.
On this new Hybrid, in ‘Eco’ mode, each of the wheel hub mounted electric motors produces 50 kW of continuous power, while in ‘Sport’ mode, output is increased to 80 kW.
With a total (combined) peak power output of 160 km and 1,180 lb-ft of torque, the twin electric motors are designed to supplement the 2.2-liter CDI BlueTec diesel, which is equipped with a Brabus PowerXtra DE (V) performance tuning kit, that includes an auxiliary control unit and revised engine mapping, designed to optimize fuel economy and reduce emissions.
Although power on the BlueTec diesel is up slightly as a result of the Brabus tweaks (220 hp versus 197); the biggest goal was a bump in torque, which now stands at 330 lb-ft (up from 295). This provides better throttle response no matter whether the car is in hybrid or conventional (diesel mode).
Despite the added weight of the electric motors and the car’s Lithium-Ion battery pack, the Brabus Hybrid still boasts fairly spritely performance. According to the company, it’s able to sprint from 60 to 120 km (37 to 74 mph) in 5.6 seconds, decent statistics for a relatively heavy mid-size sedan.
Other features on the car run to typical Brabus exterior upgrades,in this case a unique front fascia, aluminum front fenders and rocker panel extensions, along with 19-inch Brabus Monoblock alloy wheels, shod in Continental low-profile tires. There’s also a height adjustable suspension with premium Bilstein shocks and upgraded brakes.
Inside, an upgraded instrument cluster, special drilled foot pedals and Brabus LED illuminated sills are among the unique touches added to the Benz E-Class cabin.
GALLERY: Brabus Hybrid
Based on the current Mercedes-Benz CLS, the ‘Rocket’ apparently boasts a a V-12 under the hood that develops approximately 800 horsepower and a whopping 811 lb-ft of torque (1,100 NM in Euro parlance).
According to German automotive source Motorvision.de, that’s enough to enable this four-door leviathan to do the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) dash in just 3.7 seconds, while a top speed of some 370 km/h (230 mph) is apparently possible.
Of course being a Brabus, besides the outrageous performance, the exterior has naturally been tweaked, an in-your-face front fascia sports massive air intakes on the lower valance; while a forward thrusting grille with a big ‘B’ logo; along with bulging front and rear fenders plus a rear deck spoiler and diffuser complete the ensemble. Massive, yet ultra-light Brabus Monoblock F-Platinum Edition cross spoke rims, fill the wheel wells in true Brabus style.
Inside, cabin upgrades are par for the course, though with official details from Brabus not yet revealed we can’t say exactly what they are. Nevertheless, for a projected MSRP of some € 429,000 (roughly $592,800) for the car; excluding taxes, they ought to be rather special.
Weighing in at around two tons, the 800 ‘Rocket’ promises to be the fastest four-door sedan in the world when it goes on sale. If you want one, you’d better contact Brabus as soon as possible.
Check out full coverage of the Frankfurt Auto Show here
The Smart car has sold reasonably well around the world, but it has hardly been the sales success its maker wishes it was. To keep the interest of car buyers, every now and then, it comes up with a special edition model.
At this years Frankfurt Auto Show, Smart will show a model that it has developed with the street fashion brand WeSC. This special “Tailor Made” model is being prepared by Mercedes-tuner Brabus and will feature a special gold paint that is gloss in some areas and matte in others. Special jet black wheels and custom leather interior also sets this fortwo cabrio model apart from the regular smart.
The people at Smart also designed a new set of headphones, which will be sold through WeSC shops and Concept Stores around the world.
This special Smart with a 100-hp turbocharged motor will be on display starting September 13 at the Frankfurt Motor Show alongside the new Forvision concept. Look for live photos from AutoGuide’s coverage here.
GALLERY: Smart WeSC
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So many of us has been waiting anxiously for Brabus to show the world their Mercedes CLS Rocket successor, and it looks like one enthusiast took matters into their own hands.
Dan Buzdugan did his own rendering of what he thinks the new Brabus Rocket will look like, giving a Brabus style to the entire project. There’s little to no details surrounding the new Rocket, but we’re positive Brabus will improve on their 2005 rendition that featured 720-hp from its 6.3L twin turbo V12 powerplant. At the time it set all sorts of records for a vehicle in its class, including the top speed of a street-legal sedan at 225.2-mph. It won’t be long until we see its successor and we hope it’s worth every minute of the wait.
With every new Mercedes-Benz refresh on an existing model, one can expect Brabus to not be far behind with a tuning package for it. The tuners at Brabus got to work quickly on the new-generation SLK, releasing both a styling package and power package for various SLK models.
For the SLK 200 BlueEFFICIENCY, Brabus’ ECO PowerXtra B20 CGI performance kit will add 26-hp and 22 lb-ft of torque. For the 250 BlueEFFICIENCY model, the B25 CGI performance kit will add similar gains. An additional 10-hp can be found on the SLK 250 thanks to a larger intercooler and an electronically-controlled sport wastegate valve.
The B25S CGI kit, offered for the SLK 250, will bring horsepower to 240-hp and torque to 273 lb-ft, giving it a 0-62 mph time of 6.2 seconds and a stop speed of 154-mph.
For the outside, Brabus has outfitted the SLK with new front spoiler lips, LED daytime running lights, side sill attachments, a rear diffuser, a trunk lid spoiler, and a center-mounted rear reflector. A stainless steel exhaust system with quad-tips can also be had, giving the car a sportier note. For those looking for interior modifications, Brabus offers high-gloss, polished stainless-steel scuff plates with the Brabus logo alongside aluminum pedals and shifter. Custom requests for upholstery with Brabus Mastik leather and Alcantara are also available.
GALLERY: Brabus Mercedes-Benz SLK
Famed Mercedes-Benz tuner Brabus, has continued to expand their Smart ForTwo portfolio, this time with a modified cabrio. Called the Brabus La Bleue, the modified Smart ForTwo will be available only in Italy with a limited production of just 60 units.
On the outside, the special edition vehicle will sport a dark blue metallic paint that is contrasted by Brabus’ Monoblock VII six-twin-spoke wheels in a classy silver finish. The wheel setup is staggered with a 16-inch sizing up front and 17-inch sizing in the rear.
In true Brabus fashion, the interior receives a luxurious treatment of soft beige leather with contrasting blue stitching of Brabus’ logo. The La Bleue comes with Brabus’ tuned Smart ForTwo powerplant, that sports 102-hp.
GALLERY: Brabus Smart ForTwo Cabrio La Bleue
Continuing to expand their already impressive portfolio of tuning Mercedes-Benz vehicles, Brabus has now introduced an engine tuning program for the new V8 biturbo powerplants from Mercedes, which includes the newest S550 and CL550, S63 and CL63 AMG. Power output from the new performance kits can reach 620-hp and 737 ft-lbs of torque and comes backed with a 62,000 mile warranty.
There are several different stages to Brabus’ PowerXtra CGI performance kits with pricing varying from $7,200 to $8,700. Your choice of kit depends on which V8 biturbo powerplant you’re sporting and is essentially an ECU reflash. In addition, enthusiasts can purchase a Brabus sport exhaust system with exhaust control. With a push of a button, your Mercedes can go from “Coming Home” mode to “Sport” mode.
In addition, further performance can be had with Brabus’ limited-slip differential upgrade. Exterior modifications can also be added to your package with carbon fiber aerodynamic accessories. And of course you can choose to outfit your Mercedes with any of Brabus’ 19- to 21-inch wheels.
GALLERY: Brabus PowerXtra CGI Performance Kits
We knew it was just a matter of time once Apple introduced its next-generation of products (most noticeably the iPad 2) that Brabus would be updating their iBusiness package on Mercedes-Benz‘s S-Class luxury sedan. Geared towards becoming the world’s fastest mobile office, Brabus stepped up their game some more on their Brabus 800 iBusiness 2.0 demo car, pushing out 800-hp and 1,047 ft-lbs of torque, giving it a top speed of 219-mph.
The heart of the iBusiness 2.0 is essentially in the excess use of Apple technology throughout the cabin. A Mac Mini is installed in a leather-lined tray in the trunk, connected to a 15.2-inch TFT display that is revealed from the alcantara headliner. The display is also hooked up to be an auxiliary display to the two iPad 2s that can be found on the adjustable custom tables found behind each front seat. Along with each tablet is an Apple bluetooth keyboard, giving its passengers full control to work on the road.
An Internet connection is always ready on the go also thanks to Brabus outfitting the S-Class with UMTS and HDSPA networking. Brabus has even developed their own app, allowing the iPad 2s in the backseat to control Mercedes’ COMAND system that’s normally taken care of by the front driver and passenger. Oh yeah, a 64GB iPod Touch can be found in the rear center console to adjust what tunes are being blasted through the S-Class or Sennheiser’s Noise Gard headphones.
The iBusiness 2.0 conversion is available for any S-Class model, from the S 350 to the S 65. Obviously the gaudy 800-hp is only available for the twin-turbo V12, but hey, some people might rather get to their destination a little slower with all the gadgets available to them. Angry Birds anyone?
Official press release available after the break.
GALLERY: Brabus iBusiness 2.0 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Brabus has already claimed the title of world’s fastest sedan with their Brabus Rocket; now they’re looking to claim the title of World’s Fastest Off-Roader, or perhaps simply, just the world’s most powerful SUV. Their 800 Widestar is based off of Mercedes-Benz‘s G55 AMG but this version sports a modified 6.3L bi-turbo V12 powerplant that pushes out 800-hp and 1,047 ft-lbs of torque. Though it is noted that the peak torque is electronically limited to 811 ft-lbs.
The complete package not only boasts the ridiculously powerful engine, but also outfits the G-Class with a full body kit, widebody wheel arches (4.7-inch wider) and Brabus’ signature wheels sized anywhere from 20- to 23-inch depending on your personal preference.
In addition, Brabus swapped out the stock brakes for much larger, vented rotors and equipped the G-Class with their adjustable sport suspension, offering a lower stance and enhancing handling capabilities. On the inside, the luxury is accented with a sport steering wheel, redesigned instrument cluster, stainless steel scuff plates and owners are able to personalize their leather upholstery and trim.
Official press release available after the break.
GALLERY: Brabus 800 Widestar
Teaser photos that surfaced earlier this week of Brabus’ new Mercedes-Benz CLS have turned out to be the official tuning package, and not quite yet the Rocket we were hoping for. Set to debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Brabus has unwrapped its tuned CLS, with a perfect blend of sportiness and luxury.
Like any respectable tuning package, Brabus’ CLS offering begins with a wind tunnel tested body kit, featuring a front spoiler with optional front apron caps, accented with air inlets and LED daytime running lights with either a dark or chrome surround. The stock fenders are then swapped out for sportier renditions, fully equipped with illuminated Brabus monikers. The kit is then joined from bumper to bumper with a set of side skirts featuring integrated entrance lights that can be activated through a keyless fob or door handles.
Going to the rear of the CLS, Brabus’ rear apron also features LED lights to safely access the trunk while custom-tailored cutouts give the perfect room for Brabus’ quad-tipped exhaust system. Finishing off the aesthetic body modifications is a clean and subtle trunk spoiler.
While Brabus offers several different wheel packages for various Mercedes-Benz vehicles, from 17-inch to 20-inch sizes, they chose to outfit this demo CLS with a set of 20×8.5 and 20×9.5 Brabus Monoblock F in a Liquid Titanium shade.
Suspension components were developed in cooperation with Bilstein, lowering the vehicle 1.2-inch for sport springs, while any AIRMATIC-equipped CLS can be lowered 1.4-inch with Brabus’ suspension module.
Various performance upgrades are available depending on the CLS model you are personalizing. Every CLS model however can be outfitted with their quad sport exhaust system.
Interior upgrades can be met per customer’s request through Brabus from their Mastik leather to Alcantara upholstery.