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BRABUS, founded 1977 in Bottrop near Düsseldorf, Germany by Klaus Brackmann and Bodo Buschmann, is a high-performance aftermarket tuning company which specializes in Mercedes-Benz, Smart and Maybach vehicles.

Owned by Bodo Buschmann, Brabus has since become the largest Mercedes tuner, other than Mercedes-AMG who became a DaimlerChrysler affiliate in the 1990s. Its competitors include Lorinser, Carlsson, Kleemann, and RENNtech.

Brabus's primary focus is to achieve maximum engine performance through the increase of both horsepower and torque. Customers can either buy cars straight from Brabus or send in their Mercedes to be customized and/or overhauled. If a customer orders a car from Brabus, Brabus buys the particular car from Mercedes and then modifies it in-house according to the customer's requests.

Brabus offers simple upgrades such as low profile spoilers, bodykits, carbon fiber splitters, and multi-piece alloy wheels. More serious upgrades include racing LSD's, open racing exhaust systems, twelve-piston disc brakes, and engine remapping. However, most customers pay for complete engine overhauls that Brabus has become famous for. The company typically orders crate engines from AMG and completely redesigns them to the level where Brabus is now officially considered its own auto manufacturer as opposed to a tuning company.

Brabus engines range from small 200 horsepower K4 blocks for SLK roadsters and CLK-Class to 730 horsepower twin-turbo blocks for the CL-Class, CLS-Class, and S-Class. The company also provides improvements to the interior from custom upholstery, gauges, shiftknobs, pedals, and trim to various electronics such as wider LCD screens for the Maybach.Powerful, individual and exclusive: Concurrent with the start of sales of the new Mercedes S-Class BRABUS presents an extensive tuning and accessories program for the new luxury sedan.

BRABUS offers the world's most extensive engine tuning program for Mercedes-Benz automobiles which is also available for the new W 221 series. The lineup starts with the BRABUS PowerXtra D6 (III) performance kit for the S 320 CDI, which boosts power output of the V6 common-rail turbodiesel engine by 48 hp / 35.3 kW to 272 hp / 200 kW and increases peak torque to 590 Nm.

For the S 350 BRABUS offers the B7 performance kit for an additional 15 hp / 11 kW or the BRABUS 4.0 displacement engine. With it the V6 gasoline engine delivers a maximum power output of 332 hp / 244 kW. Peak torque grows to 420 Nm at 4,200 rpm.

A displacement increase to 6.1 liters is currently under development for the eight-cylinder engine of the S 500. It will be available shortly.

The twelve-cylinder engine of the top-of-the-line S 600 model can be upgraded in BRABUS four stages. The list starts with the BRABUS T12 performance kit, which increases power output of the 5.5-liter three-valve engine from standard 517 hp / 380 kW to 580 hp / 419 kW and peak torque to 900 Nm.

The pinnacle of BRABUS engine tuning is the BRABUS S V12 S Biturbo engine. Displacement of this engine is increased to 6,233 cc with the help of a special crankshaft, larger cylinder bore and forged pistons. The inner workings of the engine are further modified substantially: Among those measures is the optimization of the gas flow in intake and outlet manifolds of both cylinder heads and the installation of custom sport camshafts.

The BRABUS engine specialists further fit the engine with specially developed larger turbochargers, more efficient intercoolers and a stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system with four pipes and high-flow metal catalysts. Newly programmed engine electronics ensure the optimal interaction of all components for maximum power yield and for meeting all current emission limits.

The BRABUS S V12 S Biturbo engine develops 730 hp / 537 kW at 5,100 rpm. The peak torque of 1,320 Nm is limited electronically to 1,100 Nm and is available from a low 2,100 rpm.

Without sacrificing smoothness it transforms the luxury sedan into a serious challenger for the world's fastest sports cars: 0 - 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds, 200 km/h after just 11.9 seconds and a top speed of electronically limited 340 km/h make the sedan with BRABUS S V12 S Biturbo displacement engine a unique driving experience.

Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a modified five-speed automatic transmission. The optionally available BRABUS locking differential optimizes traction. All BRABUS drivetrain components are operated with ARAL high-performance lubricants.

BRABUS sport exhaust systems and sport rear mufflers are available for all engine variants.

The BRABUS designers further developed a sporty yet elegant aerodynamics package for the new S-Class. The BRABUS carbon front spoiler lends the luxury sedan a more characteristic face and reduces aerodynamic lift at high speeds. In addition the front can be further upgraded with custom-tailored auxiliary headlight inserts for two fog lamps and two high beams.

The BRABUS side sills and rear apron with integrated LED lights are as attractive as they are useful. Upon activation by remote control or by pulling on an inside door handle five lights on either side and in the rear of the car illuminate the ground, making entering and exiting the vehicle or loading and unloading the trunk in the dark safer. The BRABUS rear apron further features custom-tailored cutouts for the BRABUS sport exhaust system with four tailpipes.

The exclusive BRABUS look for the new Mercedes S-Class is rounded out with one-piece or multi-piece BRABUS Monoblock light-alloy wheels with 17-, 18-, 19-, 20- or even 21-inch diameters. The largest tire/wheel combination features forged multi-piece highly polished BRABUS Monoblock VI wheels in size 9Jx21 on the front axle and size 10.5Jx21 in the rear. These wheels are fitted with Pirelli or Yokohama tires in size 255/30 ZR 21 in front and in size 285/30 ZR 21 on the rear axle.

Specifically matched to these sporty tire/wheel combinations are the BRABUS suspension

modules, which are available for vehicles with air or ABC suspension. They give the S-Class a somewhat sportier yet comfortable ride and lower the ride height by some 25 millimeter.

BRABUS also offers three different versions of its high-performance brake system for the new top-of-the-line Mercedes model. The largest version features 12-piston aluminum fixed calipers and 380 x 36-millimeter vented and perforated discs on the front axle. The rear axle features 355 x 28-millimeter discs and six-piston aluminum fixed calipers. Special flex-steel brake lines ensure constantly high brake pressure.

Unadulterated luxury and individuality in the interior is another BRABUS specialty. The range of products for the new S-Class includes door sills with BRABUS logo, ergonomically shaped safety steering wheels with airbag and even an exclusive BRABUS interior crafted from especially soft yet durable BRABUS Mastik leather and from the finest Alcantara. The new Mercedes S-Class can be further equipped with an exclusive and technically refined BRABUS multimedia package.

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