True to its brand, the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 represents the absolute pinnacle of automotive construction in the world. Nonetheless, even this luxury sedan leaves room for individual refinement, which BRABUS realizes with its best engineers, designers, technicians and craftsmen in the form of the unique BRABUS 900 luxury supercar. The BRABUS ROCKET 900 6.3 V12 twin-turbo increased-displacement engine provides the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 with an enormous rated power output of 662 kW / 900 hp (888 bhp) and a peak torque of 1,500 Nm (1,106 lb-ft). Top speed is in excess of 350 km/h (217 mph).
To match the extreme performance of the luxury liner, the appearance of the four-seater car receives some sporty-elegant emphasis with BRABUS aerodynamic-enhancement components, a radiator grille in the hallmark styling of the luxury brand specifically designed for this model, and BRABUS “PLATINUM EDITION” forged wheels with diameters of 21 or 22 inches. Another BRABUS domain is exclusive interior design. The company upholstery shop is able to fulfill any color request for the finest leather, Alcantara, precious wood, and carbon. In addition to the exquisite BRABUS “Masterpiece” interior appointments, the BRABUS interior designers developed an innovative in-car business concept especially for the top-of-the-range S-Class model centered on the Microsoft Surface tablet computer. It answers the calls of Mercedes-Maybach owners looking to use their luxury liner also as an office, movie theater or concert hall on wheels.
After the conversion by BRABUS, the V12 engine has a peak output of 662 kW / 900 hp (888 bhp)
The Mercedes-Maybach S 650 comes off the factory line with a 12-cylinder twin-turbo engine producing 390 kW / 530 hp (523 bhp) and is thus anything but underpowered. However, powered by the BRABUS ROCKET 900 6.3 V12 twin-turbo increased-displacement engine, the luxury liner attains a performance level previously the exclusive domain of the world’s most powerful super sports cars. To this end, the company high-tech engine shop employs the tried and proven principle of increasing the engine’s displacement. The installation of a custom BRABUS billet crankshaft with longer stroke in concert with a larger cylinder bore, matching forged pistons and precision-balanced conrods increases the displacement from 6.0 to 6.3 liters (366 to 384 cu in). Extensive modifications to the engine peripherals are also imperative to achieve the desired level of high performance. The two production turbos are replaced with turbochargers that have larger compressor units and larger turbines, which are adapted to the V12 engine with the help of special exhaust manifolds. In addition, the conversion includes down pipes with a diameter of 80 millimeters (3.1 in), free-flow metal catalysts and a stainless-steel BRABUS high-performance exhaust system with actively controlled exhaust flaps. Numerous modifications were also made on the intake side to ensure the engine’s optimized air supply. The carbon BRABUS 900 intake module, which draws its air through an air duct in the hood directly from the redesigned radiator grille, is immediately identifiable. The new intake manifold includes a special air filter box with larger cross-section and special filters as well as “Gold Heat Reflection” sheathing for lowering the temperature. Newly programmed mapping for injection, boost pressure control and ignition coordinate the perfect interaction of all high-performance components and modifications. The result is not only maximum power, but also compliance with the strict limits of the current EURO VI emissions standards.
After the conversion, the V12 engine, which is operated exclusively with hi-tech motor oil from MOTUL, has a peak output of 662 kW / 900 hp (888 bhp) at a low 5,500 rpm and produces a gigantic peak torque of 1,500 Nm (1,106 lb-ft) at 4,200 rpm. Despite a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 2.8 tons, the BRABUS supercar based on the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 delivers a performance usually only achieved by a few full-blooded super sports cars: Powered by the BRABUS ROCKET 900 6.3 V12 twin-turbo engine, the four-seater accelerates from 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.7 seconds. The top speed is in excess of 350 km/h (217 mph). Of course, the extensive BRABUS range of engine tuning also includes fitting performance upgrades for the S 560 version of the Mercedes-Maybach, which can increase the output of the 4.0-liter (243 cu in) twin-turbo V8 to up to 478 kW / 650 hp (641 bhp) and bump peak torque to 820 Nm (605 lb-ft).
The BRABUS designer developed a special radiator grille
In order to make safe use of the tremendous performance of the tuned luxury sedan and to give the vehicle an even more dynamic visual touch, the BRABUS suspension engineers developed tailor-made wheels. BRABUS Monoblock VI evo, Monoblock F, R and Monoblock Y “PLATINUM EDITION” 21-inch forged wheels are available for the Maybach. The hi-tech wheels make full use of the available space under the wheel arches of the Maybach in sizes 9Jx21 at the front and 10.5×21 at the rear. BRABUS technology partners Continental, Pirelli and YOKOHAMA supply the matching high-performance tires of sizes 255/35 ZR 21 on the front axle and 295/30 ZR 21 at the rear. In addition, BRABUS also offers a 22-inch variant featuring the BRABUS Monoblock G design for the top-of-the-range S-Class models.
To enhance the high level of driving dynamics of the high-performance luxury sedan further still, BRABUS developed a special module for the MAGIC BODY CONTROL suspension of the Mercedes-Maybach. It lowers the ride height of the vehicle by about 25 millimeters (1.0 in) without compromising the outstanding ride quality. The sporty-elegant BRABUS look for the Mercedes-Maybach, which is almost 21 centimeters (8.3 in) longer than the long-wheelbase version of the current S-Class, is rounded off with aerodynamic-enhancement components, which were developed in the wind tunnel for the current S-Class and are manufactured in OEM quality from PUR.
The BRABUS front bumper, which was newly developed for the facelift model, replaces the production bumper in its entirety. It provides not only a visual upgrade, but thanks to the integrated front spoiler also reduces front axle lift at high speeds, further improving the handling stability. The large air intakes in the BRABUS bumper optimize the supply of fresh air to radiators, engine and front brakes. The BRABUS designers also take up the design idiom of the top-of-the-range S-Class for their aerodynamic-enhancement components with a subtle chrome add-on package. To give the supercar an even more distinctive face in the characteristic style of the Maybach brand, the BRABUS designer developed a special radiator grille.
An equally unusual and functional feature is the BRABUS courtesy welcome lighting, which is activated in the dark by pulling on an inside door handle or, if Keyless-Go mode is engaged, when the driver approaches the vehicle. The illumination of the ground to the left and right of the upgraded Maybach provides enhanced safety for getting in and out.
The BRABUS rear bumper redefines the view from the rear. Its integrated diffuser features tailor-made cutouts for the four chrome-plated tailpipes of the BRABUS high-performance exhaust system. The exhaust has actively controlled exhaust flaps to allow the driver to control the exhaust note at the push of a button on the steering wheel. Drivers can choose between operating their luxury sedan in a subtle and quiet ‘Coming Home’ mode and enjoying a markedly powerful engine sound in the ‘Sport’ position.
The BRABUS 400-km/h speedometer (250-mph) matches the performance of the BRABUS 900
The customization of the interior is another particular BRABUS specialty. The company upholstery shop creates perfectly crafted BRABUS “Masterpiece” interiors for the Maybach models painstakingly tailored to the wishes of the vehicle owner in every detail. This includes a limitless variety of types of leathers and Alcantara in any desired color, which can be finished in any desired upholstery design. Just as individual is the range of wood or carbon inlays, which are also available in any desired color and with a variety of surface finishes. The BRABUS 400-km/h speedometer (250-mph) matches the performance of the BRABUS 900 6.3 V12 twin-turbo increased-displacement engine.
The supercar on display this year in Geneva was equipped in the company upholstery shop with an especially exquisite BRABUS “Masterpiece” all-leather interior. The seats, parts of the dashboard and the door panels are upholstered with porcelain-colored leather. For contrast, the designers chose black leather and black piping. The precise perforation of the classy material on the seat surfaces ensures optimal functioning of the seat ventilation. The shell-shaped quilting of the leather on select parts of the seats and the door panels is characterized by the same precision. Even the black leather floor of the luxury liner has the same quilting pattern. Another unusual BRABUS idea is the starry sky, whose hundreds of fiber optics can change color in sync with the ambient lighting. BRABUS is one of the pioneers in the development of innovative, functional and stylishly integrated business and multimedia systems for cars. The BRABUS in-car IT experts used this unique expertise to develop an innovative business and entertainment system, which was integrated equally perfectly and stylishly into the Mercedes-Maybach.
As part of the interior refinement, BRABUS fitted a center console custom-developed for the sedan with extra-long wheelbase between the two individual rear seats that extends all the way back between the two individual seats. At the touch of a button, a table perfect for working with or without a tablet PC is deployed from the console for each seat when needed.
Tablet PC? In the case of the Microsoft Surface, this name is more than deserved. The BRABUS 900 is equipped with a business concept featuring two Microsoft Surface 4 Pro computers of the latest generation serving as its “brain.” When not in use, they are stored and recharged safely and hidden almost entirely from view in docking stations inside the console. The advantage of this solution is obvious: The Surface computers do not require inconvenient acclimation when the owner of the luxury liner uses computers running Microsoft programs at home or at the office. Furthermore, one of the two Surface computers is integrated into the on-board electronics. As a result, its audio and video signals are reproduced by the standard hi-fi system and the screens integrated into the backs of the front seats. Optionally, a large retractable LCD screen also controlled from the tablet computer can be integrated into the headliner. The BRABUS Touch Control Panel with 3.5-inch screen integrated into the armrest between the rear seats allows adjusting the angle of the tables and controlling the volume of the on-board multimedia system.
Both computers can be connected to the Internet with an LTE high-speed router. As a result, the users not only can keep always abreast off what is happening in the world, they can also avail themselves of streaming services, which puts a virtually endless variety of music, movies and TV programs at their fingertips. Of course, BRABUS also offers its customers business and multimedia systems with Apple or Android technology.
The BRABUS 900 based on the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 can be built to customer order as a complete car. Customers who already own such a car can have their own luxury sedan converted to this level all at once or in stages.