Brabus, founded 1977 in Bottrop (Ruhr Area), Germany, is a high-performance aftermarket tuning company which specializes in Mercedes-Benz, Smart, and Maybach vehicles. Klaus Brackman and Bodo Buschmann established the company in 1977, the name deriving from the combined first three letters of their last names. Brabus became the largest Mercedes tuner, other than Mercedes-AMG which became a DaimlerChrysler affiliate in the 1990s.
Brabus primary focus is to achieve maximum engine performance through the increase of horsepower and torque. Customers can either buy cars from Brabus, or send in their car to be customized and/or overhauled. Customers ordering a car directly involves Brabus purchasing a particular model from Mercedes and then modifying it according to the customers requests. Brabus is known for providing expensive tuning and custom solutions. Brabus also offers cosmetic modifications including low profile spoilers, bodykits, carbon fiber splitters, and multi-piece alloy wheels. Other upgrades include racing LSDs, open racing exhaust systems, twelve-piston disc brakes, and engine remapping. Customers can also have complete engine overhauls, or have new crate engines from AMG modified for them.
Based on the Mercedes SL 65 AMG, Brabus builds the worlds most powerful roadster. The two-seater is powered by a 12-cylinder Biturbo engine with an uprated T65 RS unit. It produces 788 bhp of power and a peak torque of 1,420 Nm. A sprint time of 3.7 seconds from rest to 62 mph and of 9.8 seconds to 124 mph are impressive testaments to the cars special status that is further bolstered by an electronically limited top speed of 217 mph. The exclusive equipment features also include BRABUS carbon-fiber bodywork components designed for maximum aerodynamic efficiency, custom-tailored BRABUS wheels with diameters up to 20 inches and exclusive options for the cockpit.
Reversing Camera, Distronic Plus with BAS plus and pre-safe brake, Active parking assistant inc. Parktronic, Blind Spot Monitor, Memory package, Sump shield, Active Body Control, COMAND APS with integrated 6fold DVD changer, Media Interface, Bang and Olufsen BeoSound AMG, Panoramic roof, Remote locking for trunk lid, Keyless GO, Heat absorbing glass wrap around, Fuel tank with larger volume, Voice Control, Front seats with Climate Control
LSD with 40% lock, Front Splitter, Fender inlets, Side skirts, Rear bumper diffuser, Rear spoiler, ABC Sport Suspension with 25mm lowering, Sports Exhaust with adapter set for SL 65, Monoblock FORGED Platinum Edition R 9 x 20, Monoblock FORGED Platinum Edition R 10.5 x 20, Brabus fine leather & alcantara trim, Instrument panel, Brown Carbon interior kit, Aluminium pedal set, Trunk emblem, Front Grille Emblem, Speedometer, Floor mats, Illuminated Entrance strips, Steering wheel shift paddles, 800 model designation to bonnet insulation.
Where most tuning companies will provide some cosmetic additions in the spirit of aesthetics Brabus have developed this SL in the wind tunnel using composite materials to both optimise chassis balance and support engine performance. This factory example has been exposed to the full styling exercise with full front and rear aprons, side skirts, rear spoiler and diffuser generating a visual impact that strikes a perfect chord between style and aggression. In addition, a mean carbon bonnet scoop helps to feed the 4 air to water intercoolers.
Having covered only nominal mileage since production the Obsidian Black metallic paintwork presents as new; unmarked and swirl free.
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