This Brabus Mercedes is the World’s Fastest Four-Seat Convertible
Most Mercedes-Benz drivers will find that the raucous Mercedes AMG S63 cabriolet is more than enough drop-top enjoyment for them. The hot-hot convertible features a hand built twin-turbocharged V8, 577 horsepower, and launches to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds. It’s not a convertible for the faint of heart, but somehow renowned automotive tuner Brabus has made it even more loony, not to mention a lot meaner. Meet the 2017 Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo Cabrio. Whereas the standard car has just 577 horsepower, the heady Brabus boasts a titanic 850 horsepower and an ungodly 1,069 lb.-ft. of torque, which has been reeled in to 848 lb.-ft. for longevity’s sake. Top speed? That’s a sizzling 217 mph, making it the fastest four-seater convertible in the world, according to Brabus. RELATED: See More of the 217 mph Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo
Brabus rolled out its latest super Mercedes at this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, and it certainly looks the part of a speed demon. The German tuning firm has clad the cabriolet in bespoke carbon fiber aerodynamic components, including racy front and rear splitters, air intake surrounds, and a trunk lid spoiler. Menacing 21-inch forged wheels complete the look, and set the aggressive cabrio about half an inch lower than before.
Inside, the racy treatment is the same, where wood inlays and trim elements have been replaced with carbon fiber and aluminum. And the speedometer? That’s now been swapped out for a 250 mph unit.
But crucially, the real excitement is happening under the bonnet. The AMG-built V8 has now been upped from 5.5-liters to 5.9 liters thanks to a new crankshaft with a longer stroke, larger cylinder bores, plus new cylinder heads and new high performance connecting rods and pistons.
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The ancillaries have been spec’d up too. Brabus swaps out the standard turbochargers for two larger units, attached to larger exhaust manifolds, and sucking gulps of air through massive carbon fiber air intakes. The end result is a convertible that can sprint to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and to 124 mph in just 9.4 ticks of the watch. A seven-speed automatic and 4MATIC all-wheel drive pummel the pavement with the Brabus’ goliath 850 horsepowers. Also, note the gold heat sheathing.
It isn’t entirely a no-holds-barred Mercedes though. The new stainless steel exhaust features butterfly valves and a unique “Coming Home” feature, which makes the car quieter than the standard car.
Need one? The standard AMG S63 cabriolet starts at $176,000 on US shores. Brabus hasn’t said how much its 850 horsepower package costs, but if you have to ask, well… you know the drill.
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