Renowned German tuner Brabus has decided to try something a bit different and work on the Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-in Hybrid.
As you would expect from a Brabus project, most of the work was put into boosting the powertrain's output and this is exactly what they have done with the 3.0-liter V6 turbo. In its standard configuration, the combustion engine delivers 333 PS (245 kW) and 480 Nm (354 lb-ft) but after Brabus worked its magic they managed to squeeze an extra 52 PS (38 kW) and 70 Nm (52 lb-ft), bringing the total to 385 PS (283 kW) and 550 Nm (405 lb-ft) of torque.
Together with the electric motor, the Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-in Hybrid by Brabus offers a combined output of 500 PS (368 kW) and 890 Nm (656 lb-ft). The power bump has slashed the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint time by 0.3 seconds to 4.9s while top speed has remained electronically-capped at 155 mph (250 km/h).
There's no word on whether the output hike has affected fuel consumption, but we remind you the regular version needs 3 liters / 100 km (78.4 mpg US or 94.1 mpg UK) and has corresponding CO2 emissions of 69 g/km.
Brabus is also offering other upgrades for the plug-in hybrid full-size sedan such as a stainless steel exhaust system with quad pipes, various alloy wheel designs in sizes of up to 22 inches, beefier body kit with carbon fiber applications and extra LED lighting.
The interior cabin can also benefit from the tuner's expertise as Brabus is offering a plethora of upholstery choices, wood and carbon fiber trims, the iBusiness multimedia system and many more.
Check out the attached press release for further info.