My mate managed to get hold of a Brabus tuned Benz.
He knows he has got his hands on something special, but just not how special.
Brabus is kind of the Walkinshaw of Benz hot rodding, another notch above AMG and the outfit they turned to for their Smart makeovers – but its cars are thin on the ground here in Oz.
This little Smart Ultimate 125 from Brabus is a cutie, but I’m sure you’ll agree the Brabus B63S 700 6×6 is infinitely more desirable.
Powered by a 5.5-litre V8 Biturbo tuned specially by Brabus it produces 515kW of power, compared with the AMG version’s 400kW.
Although the monolith weighs in at around four tonnes, it’s still able to punch from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.4 seconds – a testament to Brabus knowhow.
The top speed is limited electronically to 160 km/h however because of the 37-inch off-road tires.
To achieve this increase in power Brabus replaced the production turbochargers with new units that have a larger compressor unit and so produce more boost.
Gold Heat Reflection sheathing is fitted to the intake and charge-air pipes further lower the charge-air temperature.
This measure contributes equally to the power yield and to the flawless durability.
In addition, special high-performance metal catalysts with 75-mm downpipes are installed to lower the back pressure.
The stainless-steel sport exhaust system with controlled butterfly valve was custom-developed for the G 63 6×6 AMG and offers both optimised power yield and active control of the exhaust note.
Drivers can select between the subtle “Coming Home” mode or a markedly more potent exhaust note in the “Sport” position.
The Brabus exhaust system also puts its visual stamp on both sides of the vehicles with two striking dual side pipes.
Specially calibrated engine mapping coordinates the perfect interaction of all high-performance components while ensuring compliance with the stringent EURO V emission standards.
The look is far more purposeful too.
Brabus front spoiler edges attach to the production fascia and are combined with an additional molding below the special radiator grille with integrated logo.
The Brabus carbon-fibre hood scoop adds another striking highlight.
The mirror-polished Brabus underride guard provides an interesting contrast to the all-black paintwork.
The innovative Brabus lighting concept sets further visual signals and includes dark-tinted LED lights integrated into the front spoiler edges.
Even more dominant are the black Brabus xenon headlights and daytime running lights with integrated turn-signal function for all current models of the venerable off-roader.
The now obsolete production turn signals on top of the fenders are replaced with clear-coated matt carbon-fibre covers.
In conjunction with the matt carbon-fibre structure on the hood and the carbon-fibre shells for the exterior mirrors they round out the belligerent 6×6 look to full effect.
In contrast with the striking black, chrome and carbon-fibre exterior, they picked a fiery red Mastik Alcantara and leather interior.
The price . . . don’t ask.