BRABUS MERCEDES SL500
Mercedes is making ever-faster cars. What can Brabus do about it? What they've always done - add more power.
But now that standard M-B cars like the E63 AMG are leaving the factory with 525hp, how much further can Brabus push the performance envelope without making undriveable cars? Fortunately, this potential dilemma hasn't stumped them for long, as this latest project based on the new R231 SL500 proves. As you'd expect, the Brabus SL comes with a raft of cosmetic and performance upgrades.
But Brabus has always been about big power, and the SL doesn't disappoint. Its 520 PowerXtra kit boosts the 4.7-litre twin-turbo V8 to 520hp and 604lb ft, increases of 85hp and 88lb ft over the standard SL500. Even so, that's still a chunk less power than the 565hp dished out by Mercedes' own Performance Pack-equipped flagship SL, the SL63 AMG.
Presumably, Brabus will work its magic on that in the near future, but with such well-resolved and powerful cars coming straight from the factory these days (Performance Pack-ed AMG cars now hit 186mph, so even Brabus's traditional high-speed bragging rights are under threat) we're hoping there's still going to be room for Brabus's brand of individuality in the high performance mix.