Brabus builds 1420Nm AMG

6 March, 2013 | by Lance Branquinho

Do you know any fun-facts about the rather unfortunately named German town of Bottrop?

Probably not, but if you are a petrolhead you’ll know it is home to Brabus, the great aftermarket rival to Mercedes-Benz’s performance arm, AMG.

Brabus has always had a rather simple business model: build most radical of modified Mercedes-Benz products, tailored to ruggedly individualist design applications, garnished with absolutely absurd levels of increased performance.

Yes, there is a logical fallacy that concerns modifying any contemporary AMG product, because, simply, anything rolling out of the Affalterbach factory offers such ballistic performance that you could hardly use any additional urge. The mentality of automotive industrial Germans, though, is that too much power is never enough.

Which brings us to the Brabus 800 Roadster.

This Brabus take on AMG’s SL65 involves opening up its 6-litre twin-turbo V12, replacing the forced-induction system with turbines sourced by Brabus, plumbing in less-restrictive gas-exchange routing and fiddling with the engine control unit module electronics.

Gains? Well, they are quite substantial.

Peak power is up from 463- to 588kW, supported by a veritable planet counter-rotating surge in available torque, swelling from 1000 to 1420Nm. Considering the SL65’s seven-speed transmission is load case rated at only 1000Nm, we wonder quite how durable it will prove burdened by an additional 420Nm.

On a high-friction surface you’ll see 0-100kph in 3.7 secs and a top speed of 350kph. It’s all very impressive but this 800 Roadster remains a Brabus, which means it has some rather dubious styling upgrades too, such as the largest bonnet scoop in the world. On an SL-Class of all things and doesn’t really work, now does it?



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