Brabus is apparently not satisfied with preparing tuning packages with blow your socks off speed and have moved on to the world where briefcases and hand held devices are key to survival. No, we’re not talking about a Brabus -tuned iPad - although that would be fascinating -, but the iBusiness 2.0, a vehicle that is fully equipped with the new iPad 2.
We’ve seen Brabus do something very similar to this before when they introduced the "iBusiness" SV12 R with the first generation iPad, but their latest package has been upgraded to the new and improved tablet computer. The setup for this new model is exactly like the first version as the iPad is offered with a WiFi network and a Mini Mac. The ultra-small, yet powerful Mini Mac serves as the central computer and is hidden away in the S-Class trunk under the rear shelf in an electrically deployed drawer.
The iBusiness 2.0 package can be applied to any model in the S-Class line-up, but prices on the package have yet to be announced.
Hit the jump to read about the Brabus iBusiness 2.0.
Exterior and Interior
The new Brabus iBusiness 2.0 comes with an aerodynamic package which was developed in the wind tunnel. There are new tires, brakes, and a new suspension, as well as a new set of wheels offered in any dimension from 19" to 21".
The car also gets a two-tone all-leather interior with two individual power seats in the rear to provide maximum seating comfort, while power-operated curtains provide privacy for the rear passengers. The leather will combined with a Yachting wood-trim package, an ergonomically shaped sport steering wheel, and anodized aluminum pedals.
The techie stuff is where this package gets really fun. The one or two iPads offered with it are placed on the custom-tailored version of the Brabus table set against the backrest of the front seats. A 15.2-inch TFT display with 16:9 aspect ratio is used as a backup monitor for other passengers and connect using WiFi. To that, an ultra-small Mac minicomputer is added under the rear shelf of the trunk and is hidden in an electronic drawer. The iPads not only control the computers, but can also navigate through the entire multimedia center including the radio, navigation system, and telephone. You can also connect your digital camera to the Mac mini via the USB 2.0 ports and stream music from the 64 GB iPod touch.
The new package can be ordered with any model in the S-Class, but the most powerful engines in the line-up are the S600 and the S65 that can be upgraded by the BRABUS 800 V12 Biturbo engine. This engine produces 800 HP at 5,500 rpm and an even more impressive peak torque of 847 lb-ft, available from a low 2,100 rpm. With this amount of power, the car will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and will hit a top speed of 219 mph.
Brabus has not announced prices for the iBusiness 2.0 just yet, but we can’t imagine rocking an iPad 2 connected to another computer will come cheap.
There are lots of tuners out there who offer an update package for the Mercedes S-Class. Lorinser is offering a pretty impressive kit that will add an extra 110 HP and will increase the top speed to 205 mph. The kit also includes an impressive exterior package, but what it doesn’t have is an iPad 2. This is where Brabus is going to come out on top every time.
Wald International is offering what is their now famous Black Bison package for the S-Class. This package only includes exterior updates so it’s not much in the way of competition for the iBusiness 2.0 when combined with one of Brabus’ high -flying package.
- Impressive technology updates
- Powerful engine
- Impressive performance numbers
- Brabus 800 package + iBusiness 2.0 = $$$$$$$