2018 Brabus 125R
I don’t know why, but there is something majestic when it comes to tiny cars powered by powerful engines. Yup; that 400+ horsepower Cygnet is awesome, but I am thinking something more civilized. Even with less than 100 horsepower, cars like the Toyota iQ, or anything from Smart are simply a lot of fun. This time around, Brabus created a rather special 125R based around the Smart ForTwo Convertible and called it the “Pocket Rocket.” Well, it is the pocket rocket considering that the German tuning company dialed up the 0.9-liter turbocharged engine, improved its suspension, and put a special makeup on a tiny car.
2018 Brabus E700
In the event that you’re unhinged enough to think that the Mercedes-AMG E 63 is still in need of more power, there’s a certain German tuner that knows a thing or two about giving you what you want. We all know what Brabus is capable of. The company has established itself as one of the pre-eminent Mercedes tuners of the world. It has a long list of Mercedes and AMG models that have been worked on and turned into machines of fortune. The 2018 Mercedes E-Class is one of the latest models to get included in that list, and it’s packing a wallop with 700 horsepower at its disposal.
The Brabus Shadow 800 is the Sports Sedan of the Open Sea
Brabus has made a big name for itself transforming ordinary Mercedes and AMG vehicles into extraordinary works with high-end materials and meticulous craftsmanship. Well, the German tuning company has turned its attention to the high seas with its latest partnership. Axopar is a quickly growing boat builder from Finland that creates custom-built center console yachts ranging from 24 to 37 feet long and with various cabin options.
The result is this – the Brabus Shadow 800.
It’s an ultra-modern take on Axopar’s 37-foot Sun Top yacht with a gunmetal gray, black, and red color scheme with a carbon fiber helm, marine-grade leather seats, and twin Mercury Verado 400R outboards kicking out 400 horsepower each.
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Brabus Once Again Proves It’s The King Of Mercedes-AMG Tuning
Unless we’re in for a surprise in the next coming days, it looks like the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show will only have one major aftermarket tuning company in attendance. It’s a little bit of a surprise, but then again, the tuner that did show up is Brabus, and we all know its place in the tuning hierarchy. Suffice to say, it’s the go-to tuner for Mercedes-Benz models. This week Brabus showed solidified this with not one, not two, but three different programs for three different Mercedes-AMG models, all of which, mind you, received insane levels of power and performance, among other things.
These are the kinds of things that we can expect from Brabus. As a matter of fact, these are the kinds of things that we’ve already expected out of the tuner. I’ve already detailed my thoughts about the Rocket 900 program for the AMG S 65 Cabrio and the 700 kit for the AMG E 63 S last week. But guess what; Brabus wasn’t done. Rather, it followed those two major reveals with another program, the 900PS, for the AMG G 65 V12. All that and the tuner even had the time to build and develop a concept for smart called the Ultimate E Concept and had one of its sub-brands – Startech – come up with an aero kit for the Land Rover Discovery. Those two aside, the three Mercedes-AMG tuning kits are prime examples of why everyone regards Brabus as one of the best tuners in the game today. It may be far from being the only one, but rest assured, if there’s somebody out there with a Mercedes or a Mercedes-AMG in his garage that’s dying to get some aftermarket tuning love, Brabus should be one of the first, if not the first, tuners he should call.
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2017 Brabus Ultimate E Concept
In the 23 years that it’s been around, Smart has become a staple in urban cities, fulfilling its mission of being a purveyor of affordable compact cars. But like most car brands, Smart has a sporty and aggressive alter ego, though one that we rarely get to see. It just so happened that one such example was presented at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show by noted tuner Brabus. It’s called the Brabus Ultimate E Concept, and it’s an absolute humdinger.
Okay, so I know what you’re thinking. “It’s a Smart ForTwo. ‘Humdinger’ isn’t exactly the kind of word I’d use to describe it.” You’d be right about that, but you’d also be wrong in assuming that the Ultimate E Concept is nothing more than a dressed up ForTwo wearing a Brabus kit. It’s way more than what it appears to be, and we have Brabus and its partner-in-crime in this project, Kreisel Electric, to thank for that. This concept – it really shouldn’t be a concept – represents the pinnacle of what the Smart ForTwo can become if it adopts new technologies and embraces its inner id in the process. Think a 200-horsepower Smart ForTwo is still the stuff of dreams and fantasies? Think again. Smart has come a long way since it started in 1994. I can’t tell for certain if the Brabus Ultimate E Concept is the future, but if it is, then that future just became mighty exciting.
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Brabus Goes Electric With The Ultimate E Concept
You know the electric revolution in the auto industry is looking more and more like a real thing when aftermarket tuners, usually the last defenders of traditional gas-powered engines, start to slowly embrace the prospect of tuning electric cars. Brabus isn’t quite there yet, but one of its offerings for the Frankfurt Motor Show points exactly to that kind of future. The model is called the Brabus Ultimate E Concept, and while it does take its roots from the smart ForTwo, this creation is more about what the tuner can do moving forward more than it is a showcase of smart’s expanding portfolio.
To be fair, there are a number of interesting items in the Ultimate E Concept. It’s all dressed up in a swath of fancy aero bits, making it look a lot more dynamic than a run-of-the-mill ForTwo. It even has an eye-catching yellow paint that a Mercedes-AMG GT R would be proud to wear. The real highlight of the concept though is its drivetrain. Don’t go looking for a combustion engine in there because it’s long gone. In its place is a full electric powertrain that Brabus developed in collaboration with Kreisel Electric. The result is a car that can produce 201 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, making it one of the most powerful versions of the smart ForTwo in the world. For a car that’s never been considered exciting, the Brabus’ Ultimate E Concept looks to be one way to inject some life into the little ride.
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2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 Brabus 700
Days after introducing the new Brabus Rocket 900 for the AMG S 65 Cabriolet, Brabus is getting into the tuning spirit with yet another aftermarket program, this time for the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S. This new kit doesn’t exactly approach the insane levels of the Rocket 900, but make no mistake, with 691 horsepower on tap, don’t think that this AMG E 63 S can’t leave other cars in the dust.
Even better, the German tuner’s program is available for all variants of the AMG E 63. That means that owners of sedan and wagon variants of the AMG E 63 can avail of the Brabus 700 kit, and should they do so, they stand to receive more than just a plug-and-play auxiliary control unit. The whole program also features an aerodynamic kit, a new set of wheels, and enough personalization options for the interior that helps bring out a unique identity to each and every customer who gets the kit. It is fitting that Brabus is presenting the 700 program for the AMG E 63 S at the Frankfurt Motor Show, considered as one of the biggest auto shows in the world. A lot of eyes will be on the tuner to showcase its latest wares. Hardly a surprise then that Brabus is bringing its A-game to the event.
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2016 Mercedes-AMG GLE 43 By Brabus
Raise your hand if you’re still not used to seeing the Mercedes GLE Coupe? I hate to admit it, but I count myself in this group and a big part of that was seeing the BMW X6 for so long and not having a rival coming from the Silver Arrows. But finally in 2015, seven years after the X6 was unveiled, Mercedes launched the GLE Coupe. Why the quick history lesson, you ask? Its because the GLE Coupe is one of the most relevant crossovers/SUVs in the premium crossover/SUV market today and it’s also become the apple of the aftermarket industry’s eye.
Take Brabus for example. The German tuner is famous for being one of the best Mercedes tuners in the game. It has a program for just about every Mercedes model in the market today, and not surprisingly, it’s already prepared two unique tuning kits for the GLE, one being the GLE 63S and the other being the GLE 850. So what does Brabus do now that it has these programs in the mix? It develops a third program, that’s what.
This new kit is specific to the AMG GLE 43 Coupe, the little brother to the AMG GLE 63. In keeping with the spirit of a Brabus-tuned Mercedes, the AMG GLE 43 Coupe gets a load of refinements covering a few surfaces of the coupe SUV. Yes, it even has interior upgrades. They’re not much, but they still count for something, right?
The real highlight though is Brabus’ 410 kit, which you can imagine gets really busy on the AMG GLE 43’s 3.0-liter biturbo V-6 engine, bringing out a total output of 404 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. There’s more to the kit than what I’ve mentioned, which is why now’s the perfect time to take a look at all details.
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2016 Mercedes GLS-Class "850 XL" by Brabus
As the full-sized SUV in Mercedes-Benz’s lineup, there’s a lot of pressure on the GLS to appeal to a wide range of customers, ranging from the off-road types to those who have big families. The multi-purpose function of the GLS-Class extends to the tuning world where aftermarket tuners like Brabus determine a specific course of action on how to best approach the SUVs capabilities. For its part, Brabus did what it does best by giving the GLS an engine upgrade of a lifetime that ends with the SUV’s biturbo V-8 engine netting a 838 horsepower and 1,069 pound-feet of torque.
Those power figures are the unquestioned highlight of the program and is the biggest reason why the program is called the “850 XL.” But there’s more to this kit than the massive engine upgrade. It also features a comprehensive wide body aero kit, a new set of 23-inch wheels, and modifications to the interior that really spruces up the life between those doors.
It is an extensive kit and it’s indicative of what Brabus is capable of when it goes all-out on a tuning program. Some tuners exaggerate their tuning kits with names dripping in hyperbole. Brabus has no need for that because its works, both past and present, resoundingly speak for themselves. In the case of the 850 XL kit for the GLS, Brabus has once again developed a tuning program that deserves its own holler.
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2016 Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet 850 By Brabus
Anytime the words “world’s fastest” and “most powerful” are mentioned, a lot of people immediately look for the source of these words. In this case, it’s German tuner Brabus that’s doing the boasting when it announced its new program for the Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet, appropriately called the Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo Cabrio.
So why exactly was this AMG S63 christened as the world’s fastest and most powerful cabriolet? For that, we have to look at the sweeping changes the tuner made to the car’s 5.5-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine. The process was complicated, but in the end, Brabus was able to increase the V-8’s output from the standard 577 horses and 664 pound-feet of twist to an enormous 838 horsepower and 848 pound-feet of torque.
The result is nothing short of impressive, but it’s also not the only notable thing about this particular program. Just as important are the upgrades down on the periphery, including the new aero kit, the customizable interior, and the fresh offer of new wheels, which is an underrating of the entire tuning experience given how important they are in the overall makeup of the tuned AMG S63 Cabriolet.
Other tuners have also developed programs of their own for both coupe and cabriolet versions of the AMG S63. But Brabus is probably the only one that is confident enough to lay the “world’s fastest” and “most powerful” claim for its program. That speaks to the kind of confidence the tuner has in its own abilities, something that nobody has questioned in a long time.
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2016 Mercedes-AMG C63 S By Brabus
The notion that the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S is merely an ordinary car is wrong on so many levels. By itself, the performance sedan already packs quite a punch to the tune of 503 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. But that’s just all Mercedes. So what happens to the AMG C 63 S when the noted Mercedes tuner enters the picture? Well, all hell breaks loose.
On one hand, the results are to be expected. There’s more carbon fiber, more power, and a whole lot more details thrown in for good measure. It even has a new feature called “Coming Home,” which I’ll expound on after the jump. Rest assured, everything about this program is top-class. That’s the kind of reputation Brabus has built over the years and there’s no reason to expect anything less.
This Brabus-tuned C 63 AMG will make its debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The event kicks off on March 3, 2016, but as early as now, I already know that a lot of people will be crowding the German tuner’s booth to take a close look at this beautiful AMG C 63 S.
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2016 Mercedes C 450 4MATIC By Brabus
There’s a special place in tuning heaven reserved for the likes of Brabus, the German tuner who has made a habit of turning ordinary - if you can even call them that - Mercedes models into pieces of technical and performance art. The latest example of this aftermarket wizardry comes in the form of the C 450 4MATIC, a sedan that sits in one of the bottom rungs of Mercedes’ model hierarchy.
None of that matters, though, if the German tuner is in the equation. In typical Brabus fashion, the aftermarket company has created an impressive new program that adds extensive modifications to the C 450 4MATIC’s exterior, interior, and engine. As a result, you have a sedan that doesn’t feel like it’s the runt of the litter anymore.
Thanks to Brabus, the C 450 4MATIC has all of its claws out, ready to swing at anything that comes its way. This sense of empowerment is rarely seen in the aftermarket world, and yet, Brabus has made a habit of doing it with just about every Mercedes model it has worked on in the past.
That’s the cache that comes with being considered as the best in the block, something Brabus has been for Mercedes models for a long time now.
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