No matter how fast and well-rounded a car is, there will always be those who want to make it faster and… uh… rounder. Take the 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT for instance — by all accounts an outstanding sports car with a powerful and sonorous V-8 under its long hood and spot-on looks. It’s a car just about any of us would love to have in our driveways, and Mercedes-AMG have spent hundreds or millions of dollars and invested countless man hours to make sure that’s the case. So, you sort of have to give the side-eye glance to tuning outfits claiming they can improve upon the product of a multi-billion-dollar multi-national corporation.

But Brabus has been at this for nearly 40 years now. Just like Mercedes-Benz’s own in-house tuning arm AMG once was, Brabus is an independent tuning company that’s become known for turning out some ridiculously powerful Mercs with sinister characters fit for a Jason Bourne antagonist. How ridiculous? The 720-horsepower CLS-based 2012 Brabus Rocket still holds the title as the world’s fastest street-legal sedan at 227 mph.

Now Brabus has turned its attention to the new Mercedes-AMG GT S, and while it’s not quite as off the wall as the Rocket, it does look like a pretty complete package. The Brabus AMG GT S boasts several performance enhancements over the stock GT, including a significant boost in power, and a few visual and aerodynamic updates that add a bit of aggression without coming off as too over the top. Let’s take a closer look.

Updated 09/29/2015: We’ve added a gallery of original photos from the Frankfurt Motor Show. Enjoy!

Continue reading to learn more about the Mercedes-AMG GT S By Brabus.

  • 2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S By Brabus
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
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  • Model:
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    591
  • Torque @ RPM:
    553
  • 0-60 time:
    3.6 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    201 mph
  • Price:
    200000
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  • body style:

Exterior

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It’s rare, but it’s always nice when body kits are functional, and that certainly seems to be the case with the Brabus AMG GT S.

As shown here, the components are finished with a gloss clear-coat, but Brabus also offers them with a matte finish or in matching or contrasting body colors.

The additional bodywork has been sculpted from carbon fiber using a wind tunnel, which Brabus says has optimized aerodynamics. As shown here, the components are finished with a gloss clear-coat, but Brabus also offers them with a matte finish or in matching or contrasting body colors.

Around the front, Brabus says the new lip spoiler reduces lift at the front axle, and the air intakes on either side of the front fascia get carbon fiber inserts with integrated LED strips.

The front fenders get new carbon-fiber air outlets that extent to the door seams and include illuminated blue Brabus logos. The new side skirts accentuate the car’s lowered stance and help manage air flow around the sides. The rear gets a small wing and new lower bodywork that houses the quad exhaust and a diffuser.

It all sits on ultra-light, forged Brabus wheels (20 inches at the front and 21 at the rear) and a suspension system that lowers the car by about half an inch. The wheels are available in mirror finish (seen here) or brushed titanium finish. Brabus says all the modifications add up to improved handling at low speeds and better stability at high speeds.

Interior

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When entering the interior, drivers are greeted with illuminated Brabus-branded carbon-fiber door sills, which can be switched between red and white (real Pep Boys stuff if you ask me). The pedals can be switched out for matte-anodized or chrome plated items and the wheel-mounted paddle shifters have been reshaped in aluminum for improved ergonomics. The car shown here has an otherwise standard interior, but the Brabus upholstery shop offers a nearly limitless range of leather and color combinations to suit owner preferences. Custom carbon-fiber and wood surface inlays are also offered.

Drivetrain

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Thanks to a new engine management system that remaps injection and ignition and bumps up boost pressure, the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 now produces a nice round 600 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 553 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm, which are 97-horsepower and 74-pound-feet improvements over the stock AMG GT S. Brabus claims a 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 201 mph — 0.1 second quicker to 60 mph and 8 mph faster at the top end.

The Brabus titanium exhaust system adds both bark and bite and weighs 40 percent less than the stock exhaust system. The system also features a cockpit-controlled butterfly valve that takes the stock GT’s exhaust management to a new level. Its even louder than the standard exhaust in its default setting, but can be switched to what Brabus calls a “coming home” mode to make it quieter than the standard car. Other than that, the rest of the AMG GT’s drivetrain is carried over, including the seven-speed dual-clutch transaxle and optional carbon-ceramic brakes.

Prices

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Brabus hasn’t announced pricing, but we wouldn’t expect much change back from a donor AMG GT S and about $50,000.

Competition

2016 Porsche 911 Turbo

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We don’t have many solid details on the newly face-lifted 2016 Porsche 911 Turbo yet, but if past examples are anything to go by, then it should be extremely fast and very competent. We’re expecting it to receive updated looks, with new lights and a slightly more aggressive front fascia.

Even though just about every 911 model (baring the GT3) will be turbocharged moving forward, the 911 Turbo will still be at the top of the heap in terms of power and pace. The base 911 Turbo should get a power bump from its current 520 horsepower, while the Turbo S could have a figure approaching 600 horsepower. Power will still be sent to all four wheels, which should make for neck-snapping acceleration.

You can read our speculative review here.

2016 McLaren 570S Coupe

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The 570S Coupe represents McLaren’s first foray into the sub-$200,000 sports car territory currently occupied by the Mercedes-AMG GT and Porsche 911 Turbo. With a detuned version McLaren’s twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8 mounted behind the seats, the 570S sends 562 horsepower to the rear wheels, which translates to a 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds.

With a curb weight of just 2,895 pounds, it’s also by far the lightest car in this segment, which should make it extraordinary agile. Variants including a drop-top Spider and a unique grand touring model with panoramic glass roof are also rumored to be on the way.

You can read our full review here.

Conclusion

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I like what Brabus has done here, but car customization by its very nature is a very personal thing, and when I ask myself if I would take a Brabus AMG GT S over a standard AMG GT S, the answer would have to be no. Personally, I prefer the cleaner, less cluttered looks of the stock GT S. The extra power would be nice, but if Mercedes-AMG thinks 503 horsepower is enough, then it’s enough for me as well. Plus, Mercedes-AMG has said there are faster in-house GT variants on the way, so I’d be content to just wait. But, as long as there are customers who want to go faster today, then there will always be a place for companies like Brabus.

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Press Release

Lending an exclusive car an even more thrilling appearance has been the domain of BRABUS (Brabus-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone + 49 (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777 111, Internet www.brabus.com) for almost four decades. At the IAA 2015 in Frankfurt am Main, the exclusive sports program for the Mercedes-AMG GT and GT S models celebrates its world premiere. With an output increase to 441 kW / 600 HP (591 bhp) and a peak torque of 750 Nm (553 lb-ft), the two-seat car reaches a top speed of 325 km/h (201 mph).

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From the outside, the sports car with BRABUS design impresses with aerodynamic-enhancement components made from clear-coated carbon, ultra-light BRABUS Monoblock F forged wheels, a sports suspension with a multitude of selectable settings for damping and ride height, and a sports exhaust system made from especially lightweight titanium with electronically controlled sound management.
BRABUS fine leather interiors and inlays made from real carbon and precious wood upgrade the cockpit of the two-door car.

You can never have enough power, especially in a sports car. That is why the BRABUS engine specialists have developed the PowerXtra B40 – 600 performance kit for the eight-cylinder twin-turbo engine of the GT S. A plug-and-play control module is adapted to the engine electronics. It features new mapping for injection and ignition while also moderately increasing the boost pressure. After the installation, the engine puts out an extra 66 kW / 90 HP (88 bhp) and produces 100 Nm (74 lb-ft) of added torque. Of course, the tuned version complies with the same strict emissions standards as the production car.

After the upgrade, the GT S has a rated power output of 441 kW / 600 HP (591 bhp) at 6,400 rpm and a peak torque of 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) at 4,800 rpm. It sprints from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.6 seconds. The top speed with BRABUS engine tuning jumps from 310 to 325 km/h (190 to 201 mph).

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Like all other BRABUS components, the performance kit for the GT S is backed by the exemplary BRABUS Tuning Warranty® of three years, up to 100,000 kilometers/62,000 miles (see BRABUS Warranty Terms and Conditions, updated July 2013). Technology partner MOTUL supplies the high-tech lubricants for the entire powertrain.

The ideal complement to the engine tuning or an attractive upgrade for all standard GT or GT S models is the BRABUS quad sports exhaust made from extremely lightweight titanium with four tailpipes made from a combination of titanium and carbon. This exhaust system weighs about 40 percent less than the production exhaust and optimizes the power delivery of the V8 engine to boot. As a special feature, this exhaust is fitted with electronically controlled butterfly valves operated from the cockpit. The standard setting offers a “coming home” sound tuning that is quieter than the production exhaust. It further increases the appeal of the thrilling sports car for the neighbors when it returns home late at night. When the valves are open, the eight-cylinder sounds significantly sportier and more powerful than with the production exhaust.

The material of choice for the BRABUS aerodynamic-enhancement components is lightweight yet extremely strong carbon, the same material used in Formula 1 racing. The components were developed in the wind tunnel and lend the GT or GT S version of the sports car a more thrilling design while optimizing the aerodynamics. All bodywork components come with a clear-coated carbon racing-look finish. They are also available with a matte coating and can optionally be painted in vehicle or contrasting color.

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The front bumper of the coupe receives a visual upgrade with the BRABUS front spoiler. What is more: at high speeds, lift on the front axle is further reduced, resulting in even more stable handling. The two BRABUS covers for the side air intakes of the bumper lend the two-seater an even more striking face while optimizing the routing of cooling air. Integrated LED side markers optimize active safety.

BRABUS also sharpens the profile of the sports car: the new design air outlets for the front fenders lend the GT S a full-blooded racing touch. They immediately catch the eye due to their integrated BRABUS logotypes that light up in blue when the keyless-entry remote or a door handle are operated. The BRABUS rocker panels give the front-engine sports car an even lower and sleeker visual stance. They also optimize the airflow between the front and rear wheel arches.

The rear receives a more athletic look with the BRABUS rear airfoil and the BRABUS diffuser with tailor-made cutouts for the four tailpipes of the BRABUS sports exhaust system. In addition, these aerodynamic-enhancement components also contribute to optimized handling stability at high speeds.

The forged wheels were custom-developed for the GT and GT S and also play an essential role in the thrilling BRABUS look. The staggered tire/wheel combination with diameters of 20 inches on the front axle and 21 inches at the rear adds further emphasis to the wedge shape of the two-seater.

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Thanks to a manufacturing process that uses state-of-the-art forging technology, the BRABUS Monoblock F “PLATINUM EDITION” cross-spoke wheels are extremely light yet especially robust. The wheels are available with a mirror-polished, brushed or titanium-colored finish and come in sizes 9.5Jx20 at the front and 11Jx21 on the rear axle. Technology partners Continental, Pirelli and YOKOHAMA supply the extremely wide high-performance tires of sizes 275/30 ZR 20 and 305/25 ZR 21.

The BRABUS sports springs are tailored specifically to these low profile tires. They lower the ride height of GT S by about 15 millimeters (.6 inches).

For the cockpit of the sports car, the BRABUS interior designers have developed exclusive accessories such as carbon scuff plates with stainless-steel inserts and a backlit BRABUS logo, whose color changes between red and white, and matte anodized or chrome-plated aluminum pedals. Special BRABUS aluminum paddle shifters in an even more ergonomic position on the steering wheel make even more precise gear changes possible.

The BRABUS upholstery shop creates BRABUS fine leather interiors finished with masterful workmanship for the GT and GT S as well. They can be tailored as precisely to the owner’s preferences with regard to the choice of leather, Alcantara and color as the design and the upholstery.

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Individual requests can also be fulfilled when it comes to the inlays for the dashboard, center console and door panels. BRABUS manufactures carbon and precious wood trim sets in any desired color and with many different surface finishes.

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