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The most daring projects of Mercedes-Benz's major design studio.

With the release of a new Mercedes, a big carbon fiber siren activates and Brabus declares an emergency mobilization – the German tuners has long ago amassed the fame of a studio ready to instantly upgrade anything with a three-pointed star on it. We have collected Brabus’ most striking projects, in which there is no place for wheels less than 20 inches and motors weaker than 500 hp.

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One of the most recent projects was presented at the Dubai Auto Show, which started a couple of days ago. This is a very evil S 65 AMG, which changed its name to Rocket 900. Just think about these numbers: the mighty V12 now has a volume of 6.3 liters against the standard 6.0 and produces 900 hp.

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The incredible torque of 1,500 Nm had to be artificially limited to 1,200 Nm in order to save the life of the 7-speed automatic transmission, but the Rocket is still very fast. It accelerates from 0-200 km/h in 9.1 seconds and this is the territory of real supercars. A new speedometer speaks eloquently about a top speed. In general, the Rocket 900 was released in the spring, but Brabus prepared a “golden” version especially for fans from the UAE.

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Another recent project is the GLE Coupe 850. In terms of the number of cylinders and specifications in general, the crossover is somewhat inferior to the Rocket 900 but, in the degree of insanity, not at all. Here, the volume of the unit was also increased (now it is about 5.9 liters against the initial 5.5). Besides, the studio installed two new turbines, intercoolers and a couple of dozen more updates.

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Specifications: 850 hp / 1450 Nm; 0-100 km/h time — 3.8 seconds; top-speed — over 320 km/h (and this is a large crossover!). Now, imagine that Brabus grants you with 3 years or 100,000 km of warranty for such a car.

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The impressive Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6x6 has been upgraded by Brabus more than once, but it became especially good after the second visit. The six-wheeled Mr. G, among other things, was generously decorated with red carbon fiber. The interior was also designed to match it (even the most elegant Lamborghini LM002 would envy this).

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The car did not do without an additional boost in power – 700 hp and 960 Nm, extracted from a 5.5-liter biturbo V8. This three-axle car that weighs almost 4 tons is no worse than a hot hatch: the AMG 6x6 accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 7.4 seconds.

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In our opinion, even Brabus will not be able to name the exact number of modified G-Class models (there was even a version for the Dubai police), but all of them have something in common – the ability to break away from the place under such a roar that pigeons fall in the neighboring city. It is enough to name two figures from the distinctive features of this particular model, in addition to its aggressive body kit with the simple name Widebody: 800 hp and 1,450 Nm (limited to 1,100 Nm).

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It was based on the AMG G 65. The tuners achieved 800 hp from a 6-liter V12 (612 hp by default) due to new turbochargers, four intercoolers and other related modifications, like a new engine control unit. The volume of the soundtrack of a specially prepared exhaust system can be changed by simply pressing a button (active dampers are provided), but this does not affect the fantastic abilities in any way – this G-Class accelerates to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds and is able to reach frightening 270 km/h.

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Perhaps the most practical Brabus project in history is the Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG: new turbines, almost 6 liters of eight-cylinder engine volume instead of the previous 5.5 liters, 850 hp and 1,450 Nm (limited for the sake of extending the life of the transmission).

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The model accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.1 seconds and reaches about 350 km/h on special tires. It is simply impossible to organize a trip to the country even hotter.

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In 2012, Brabus went wild and not only increased the volume of the standard engine but even replaced it with a new one. The two-door C-Class of the previous generation received a 6.3-liter 12-cylinder engine with two turbines. The result is 800 hp and about 1,420 Nm.

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The coupe accelerates to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, to 200 km/h in 9.8 seconds and to 300 km/h in 23.8 seconds. It is stopped by 12-piston front and 6-piston rear brakes. The model, according to passport data, consumes 23.4 liters / 100 km. At one time, this C-Class cost about €450,000.

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Even earlier (in 2009), the studio did the same work with the GLK. Yes, it was also equipped with a 6.3-liter supercharged V12. At one time, this GLK was called the fastest SUV in the world – its top speed was a little more than 322 km/h.

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It takes 4.2 seconds and 12.8 seconds for this GLK to accelerate to 100 km/h and 200 km/h, respectively – 750 hp and 1,350 Nm do their job. Six years ago, the car cost from €400,000. Today, we think, it is definitely not cheaper.

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Founded in 1977, Brabus GmbH, of course, is rich in tuning projects ‘even those’ Mercedes-Benz models. It is impossible to remember all of them at once, you could not just forget that car, namely the legendary W140 (“old” S-Class). As a result, the studio released monstrous models with 6.9- and 7.3-liter engines (there were two cars, and the most-most wore the prefix S).

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At one time, something similar was created by Carlsson, bypassing Brabus in terms of the volume of the 12-cylinder V-shaped engine – it managed to make a 7.4-liter version. However, in other respects, the crazy W140 by Brabus has never been equaled. In addition to the powerful engine, the 582-hp four-door model boasted new pistons, a crankshaft, modified cylinder heads, an improved fuel system… and everything else possible. The automatic transmission and “custom” brakes were refined separately – the large heavy sedan with a top speed of 305 km/h had to be stopped somehow.

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Today, however, it is not quite correct to attribute the status of a studio to Brabus. This is a real “tuning empire”: the company is the largest organization in this field and has five separate workshops and assembly lines. One of the enterprises has recently launched a program for the restoration of classic Mercedes-Benz cars. There are already more than a dozen amazing projects and it just does not make sense to go through them all.

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