With 550 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque at its disposal, the current Mercedes-Benz E-Class E63 AMG is one of the quickest sedans you can buy nowadays. However, the midsize, German four-door is far from reaching its full potential in its standard guise. The sedan is even more capable when an S badge is added to its name, which comes with an additional 27 horsepower and 59 pound-feet for a total output of 577 horsepower and 590 pound-feet.
Impressed? You should, because you can’t find that many ponies in a BMW M5 and the Audi S6 is even further behind. But don’t hold your breath just yet, the Germans have spawned an even more powerful iteration of the E-Class , one that boasts incredible power, torque and performance figures rarely seen in a midsize sedan.
The Germans we’re talking about do not reside in Stuttgart, where Mercedes-Benz established its headquarters 88 years ago. Rather, they are located in and conceive their beastly creations in Bottrop. In case it doesn’t ring a bell, we’re talking about Brabus, the company behind the most ludicrous Mercedes-based vehicles ever created.
It’s newest product goes by the name of E63 AMG 850 6.0 Biturbo and it’s a sedan that could smoke some of the most powerful muscle cars available right now, including the lightning-fast Shelby GT500 Super Snake .
Click past the jump to read more about Mercedes E63 AMG 850 6.0 Biturbo By Brabus.
the larger diffuser and the reshaped exhaust piper are the main details that catch the eye, along with blacked-out trim, badging and trunk-lid spoiler
The 850 6.0 Biturbo is still an E63 AMG on the outside, but Brabus did a lot of wind tunnel testing while developing additional body components. Aside from a spoiler lip attached to the underside of the bumper, the front end isn’t different from an aerodynamic stand point. However, the AMG’s has received an extra dose of villainy via blacked-out air intakes and front grille, with the latter carrying the big "B" emblem at the center.
Round back, the larger diffuser and the reshaped exhaust piper are the main details that catch the eye, along with blacked-out trim, badging and trunk-lid spoiler. When viewed from the side the Brabus 850 shows off its carbon-fiber mirror caps, new wheels and updated brake rotors and calipers. Rounding off the overall look is a stunning burnt orange hue with a candy finish. Brabus is probably offering several exterior paints, but the one shown here is just screaming for attention.
New rear diffuser and exhaust pipes
Upholstery modifications are limited to Brabus’ exclusive and handcrafted fine leather
Upholstery modifications are limited to Brabus’ exclusive and handcrafted fine leather, but the fact that customers can order it in absolutely any color is a pretty big deal. The Germans also took the liberty to fit the steering wheel with aluminum shift paddles and a set of Brabus Race pedals.
Everything else in the cabin is standard Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG, but that’s far from being an issue, as the sedan very well equipped and sits high on the luxury ladder in its segment.
Brabus-exclusive leather seats
Just like its wagon brother, the sedan is powered by a biturbo, 6.0-liter, V-8 engine that received a displacement increase from the standard 5.5-liter found in V-8-powered AMGs. While the increase can be rated as significant, the power bump is plain staggering, with no less than 850 horsepower and 848 pound-feet of torque being pushed to the wheels. The engine is actually capable of delivering 1,069 pound-feet, but Brabus says it had to limit torque to prevent the drivetrain from enduring too much stress.
the power bump is plain staggering, with no less than 850 horsepower and 848 pound-feet of torque being pushed to the wheels
Connected to a seven-speed transmission, the mill enables the rear-wheel-drive sedan to sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds. The figure improves substantially when the vehicle is equipped with 4MATIC all-wheel-drive, dropping to only 3.1 seconds. These sprints also come with a top speed that can reach up to 217 mph, depending on the tires, the final drive ratio and the tune the Brabus Vmax unit is ordered in.
Speaking of rubber, those looking to push the Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo to the limit can have it equipped with high performance tires from either Continental, Pirelli or Yokohama wrapped around Monoblock F or R wheels in 20-inch sizes.
The drivetrain comes with a three-year or 62,000-mile warranty covering all necessary repairs or modifications in accordance to the company’s current terms and conditions.
Mercedes E63 AMG 850 6.0 Biturbo By Brabus - Drivetrain/Specifications
|Type||5.9 V-8 engine|
|Output||850 HP @ 5,400 rpm|
|Torque||1,069 LB-FT @ 2,500-4,500 rpm|
|0 to 62 mph||3.7 Seconds|
|Top speed||217 MPH|
Brabus hasn’t revealed pricing information, but did say customers can either order the 850 6.0 Biturbo as a complete car or have it built out of any existing current-generation E63 AMG.
With the most powerful factory BMW M5 - the "30 Years of M5" Limited Edition - having "only" 600 horsepower on tap, we need to search for a proper rival at one of the aftermarket companies dealing with such matters. One of them is Ohio-based tuner Switzer Performance, mostly known for modifying Porsches and Nissan GTRs, who rolled out an interesting upgrade for the BMW M5.
Using high-flow, drop-in air filters, a removable engine control module and a new stainless-steel exhaust system that includes less-restrictive mufflers and larger-diameter pipes, Switzer managed to increase total output to 700 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque. That’s less enticing when compared to the Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo, but a whole lot more than what the standard BMW M5 delivers (560 horsepower / 502 pound-feet).
The new output pushes the sedan from naught to 60 mph in about four seconds, nearly half a second quicker than the regular model, and onto a top speed of around 200 mph.
Gallery BMW M5 by Switzer Performance
If you’re looking for a spacious sedan with insane power and torque, then your search has come to an end. All you need is a fat wallet and you’re set to break the sound barrier while sitting in handcrafted, leather seats. But if you’re the selfish type or don’t have a couple of kids to take to school each day, you might as well go with a Porsche 911 or a Corvette Stingray .
- Unmatched horsepower and torque
- Extensive warranty
- Likely very expensive
- A bit too powerful for a family sedan
625 kW / 850 horsepower (838 bhp), 1,450 Nm (1,069 lb-ft) of torque, a top speed in excess of 350 km/h (217 mph): these are the unique performance figures of the BRABUS 850 6.0 Biturbo that comes to the starting line as the legitimate successor of the famed BRABUS 800 E V12.
For almost two decades the four generations of the BRABUS E V12 ruled the segment of the superfast sedans. What once started with the implantation of a BRABUS 6.9 V12 increased-displacement engine producing 375 kW / 509 horsepower (503 bhp) into the body of a Mercedes 500 E of the W 124 model series, and culminated in the BRABUS E V12 “one of ten” super car with 588 kW / 800 horsepower (790 bhp) of power and a top speed in excess of 370 km/h (230 mph) presented at the 2009 IAA, now finds its even more powerful continuation.
The BRABUS 850 6.0 Biturbo, based on the current Mercedes E 63, uses eight instead of twelve cylinders. To this end the motor engineers from BRABUS developed a new high-performance engine with an increased displacement of six liters (361 cu. in.).
Like its predecessors, the BRABUS 850 6.0 Biturbo, which of course is also available as a wagon, comes with an efficient BRABUS aerodynamic-enhancement kit, tailor-made BRABUS Monoblock wheels and an exclusive BRABUS fine leather interior.
The eight-cylinder engine of the E 63 and its two turbochargers provide the perfect breeding ground for an enormous power boost. To this end the BRABUS motor engineers developed a displacement increase from standard 5,461 cc to 5,912 cc (333 to 361 cu. in.). Simply increasing the bore of the eight cylinders in the BRABUS high-tech engine-building shop to 99 millimeters (3.89 in.) would be insufficient. The precision-balanced billet crankshaft with a stroke of 96 mm (3.78) instead of the standard 90.5 millimeters (3.56 in.) in concert with special forged billet pistons and billet piston rods completes the displacement increase. In addition, both cylinder heads are optimized for mixture flow.
The turbocharging system of the eight-cylinder four-valve engine was upgraded accordingly: the air intake system and the two BRABUS turbochargers with larger compressor unit and special manifold were all developed from the ground up. The BRABUS 850 intake module with an air filter box with larger cross section was developed to supply the adequate amount of air. An air duct integrated into the hood is also part of this special intake manifold as is the larger intake pipe, which is positioned directly exposed to the relative wind in the front bumper to provide air to the engine.
Low charge-air temperatures are beneficial to power yield and engine temperatures, and consequently BRABUS equips this engine with intake and charge-air pipes wrapped with special and immediately identifiable "Gold Heat Reflection" sheathing.
Free-flow metal catalysts and a BRABUS high-performance exhaust system with controlled butterfly valve are installed on the exhaust side. This includes active control of the exhaust note from the driver’s seat. At the push of a button drivers can choose between a quiet “Coming Home” mode and an earthy, full-blooded V8 sound when the “Sport” position is selected. With its dual ceramic-coated design tailpipes on either side with cast BRABUS logo this exhaust system is also a visual treat.
The BRABUS electronics engineers used their immense know-how and state-of-the-art engine test rigs to recalibrate the engine management system to ensure the perfect interaction of all high-performance components and consequently an optimal power output. The result is not only tremendous performance, but also compliance with stringent EURO VI emissions standards. The high-tech lubricants for the entire powertrain are supplied by technology partner MOTUL.
The performance data of the BRABUS 850 6.0 Biturbo increased-displacement engine speak volumes: 625 kW / 850 horsepower (838 bhp) at a low 5,400 rpm are just as unique for a street-legal sedan as is a constant torque of 1,450 Nm (1,069 lb-ft) between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm. In the car this figure is limited to 1,150 Nm (848 lb-ft) to reduce stress on the entire drivetrain. Of course this high-performance engine is also backed by the one-of-a-kind BRABUS Tuning Warranty of three years, up to 100,000 kilometers/62,000 miles (see BRABUS Warranty Terms and Conditions, updated July 2013).
In conjunction with the modified SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports transmission the new engine lifts all versions of the E 63 to a performance level previously virtually inconceivable for a sedan or a wagon. With rear-wheel drive the BRABUS 850 6.0 Biturbo sprints from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.7 seconds. With 4MATIC all-wheel drive and the added traction it provides this exercise actually takes only 3.1 seconds. Depending on the tires, the final drive ratio and the programming of the BRABUS Vmax unit, the top speed ranges between 300 km/h (186 mph) and more than 350 km/h (217 mph).
In addition, BRABUS offers three more performance stages for all current E 63 variants that do without a displacement increase. Their power outputs range from 456 kW / 620 horsepower (611 bhp) and 478 kW / 650 horsepower (641 bhp) to 537 kW / 730 horsepower (720 bhp) for the BRABUS B63S-730 version.
Favorable aerodynamic properties are essential for perfect handling stability at the tremendous speeds attained by such powerful vehicles. The BRABUS designers went into the wind tunnel to develop bodywork components made from extremely lightweight yet ultra-strong carbon fiber.
The front spoiler lip attaches to the underside of the production bumper of the E 63. Its shape reduces negative lift on the front axle of sedan and wagon.
Also made from this superlight composite material are the BRABUS rear separation edge and the diffuser insert, which provides the perfect backdrop for the two dual tailpipes of the BRABUS sport exhaust.
The immense top speed of the BRABUS 850 6.0 Biturbo requires special high-performance tires supplied by technology partners Continental, Pirelli and YOKOHAMA. The largest version features one-piece BRABUS Monoblock F or R wheels of size 9.5Jx20 with high-speed-capable tires of sizes 255/30 ZR 20 on the front axle and 295/25 ZR 20 tires in back. There is also a version featuring BRABUS Monoblock R "Platinum Edition" forged wheels of size 9Jx20 in front and size 10.5Jx20 on the rear axle.
The BRABUS fine leather interior, which is handcrafted meticulously by the experienced upholsterers of the automotive refinement specialist, can be ordered in any desired color. BRABUS aluminum shift paddles with a highly ergonomic design and BRABUS RACE pedals add a markedly sporty note.
The BRABUS 850 6.0 Biturbo can be ordered as a complete car or BRABUS can convert any existing current Mercedes E 63 entirely or step by step to this specification.