Brabus' SV12 R: an 800-Horsepower Mercedes-Benz S-Class

German tuning house Brabus is no stranger to crafting insanely powerful creations, but its latest product may possibly take the proverbial cake. This is the new Brabus SV12R, which is nothing short of a Mercedes-Benz S-Class with a whopping 800 horsepower.

Each SV12R starts life as a stock S600 sedan, the top non-AMG S-Class model currently offered by Daimler. As it leaves the factory, the twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-12 sends a solid 510 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. Most buyers are satisfied with such an engine, but the folks at Brabus weren't.

The tuner decided to increase displacement up to 6.3 liters (a magical number in Mercedes-Benz lore) by increasing the cylinder bore and stroke. New camshafts are added, as well as a revised crankshaft, but Brabus also ported and polished cylinder heads, added new turbochargers and intercoolers, revised the intake and exhaust manifolds, added a low-restriction exhaust system, and remapped the engine computer. As a result, the engine now cranks out an amazing 800 horsepower and 1047 pound-feet of torque. Amazingly, such power is delivered while meeting EURO 5 emission standards.

Power is routed to the rear wheels via a reinforced five-speed automatic transmission, along with a limited-slip differential. Brabus says the SV12 R can blast from 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds before ultimately hitting a top speed of 217 mph. In contrast, a stock S600 rockets from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

To ensure stability at such speeds, Brabus has worked to improve the suspension and brake systems, while simultaneously restyling the car to improve aerodynamics. Buyers can choose 19, 20, or 21-inch wheels, while front and rear brake calipers are upgraded to 12- and 6-piston calipers, respectively. A new functional front fascia increases airflow to the intercoolers and brake cooling ducts, while also decreasing lift. Aluminum front fenders, along with revamped side skirts, rear bumper, and a carbon fiber splitter, are also available to improve handling while shedding weight.carbon fiber splitter, front fenders, side skirts, and rear bumper are also available to complete the look and shed weight.

Brabus has yet to announce pricing for its ultimate sedan, but rest assured the SV12R 800 will carry a significant price premium over the standard SV12R, which runs in the neighborhood of $245,000.

Source: Brabus

-Steve Diehlman

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