BRABUS added to its extensive collection of automotive records with a Maybach 57 powered by a 730- hp (720 hp SAE net) / 537-kW BRABUS SV12 S Biturbo engine.
330.6 km/h, 205.2 mph
Three years ago Brabus took the Maybach 57 into their workshop and tweaked and tuned until they were left with a luxury saloon powered by their 640 hp 6.3 liter (instead of the factory standard 5.5 liter) SV12 bi-turbo engine capable of hitting 314 km/h (195 mph). But there is always room for improvement, and that goes especially for the experts at Brabus.
Cue the Maybach 57 with the Brabus SV12 S bi-turbo engine, this 12 cylinder engine puts 730 horsepower to the road and has managed to break the 200 mph benchmark on the Nardo highspeed test track in Italy. To be exact, the Brabus Maybach 57 managed to reach 330.6 km/h (or 205.2 mph) on the 12.5 km long oval test track.
The SV12 S bi-turbo engine has its displacement increased from 5.5 liters to 6.3 liters and received a special crankshaft with longer stroke, precision-balanced piston rods and larger pistons. Also two larger turbochargers, more efficient intercoolers, special manifolds and high-performance exhaust system were installed. Needless to say that the speed limiter has been disabled, torque has been electronically limited to 1,100 Nm (maximum torque would be 1,320 Nm) and the engine is still EURO IV compliant.
Brabus may have set a new speed record for the ultra-luxury market but have not bested the speed record for street-legal sedans, which still stands at 365.7 km/h (227.2 mph) set by Brabus back in October 2006.
Luxury has not been sacrificed to power and speed judging 15.2 inch screeninstalled in the back of the front seats, lamb-wool floor mats, alcantara interior, W-LAN and UMTS capable computer.