RE: Brabus 650 | Spotted

RE: Brabus 650 | Spotted

Sunday 2nd June

Brabus 650 | Spotted

More power than an E63, faster than a GT R and rarer than any Mercedes - and in right-hand drive, too



Once upon a time, Brabus's job of taking up where AMG had deemed a sensible place to drop the baton was simple: a C36 AMG made 280hp, while even at the turn of the century an E55 AMG barely mustered 350hp. That left plenty of headroom for Brabus to make mischief, bolstering capacity, adding forced induction, or just transplanting whole new engines - the original, 'R170' SLK once received a 6.5-litre V8 conversion...

Today the job is a little trickier; AMG makes four-wheel drive hatchbacks with more than 300hp, Drift Mode-y estates with over 600hp, sports cars capable of 7:10 at the Nordschleife and everything in between. As the standard AMG cars have become better, faster, more powerful and more desirable, so the task of attempting to improve on them in some way must have become more challenging.


It should be said, though, that they haven't seen the task as impossible. For Geneva 2016, Brabus released the 650, its take on the W205 C63 AMG. That car had already pushed the C63 to beyond 500hp for the first time (in series production form) as well as offering a whole new raft of dynamic technology including electronic limited-slip diffs, adaptive dampers and so on. Still, you could just say that gave Brabus a better canvas on which to work: new turbos and ECU work liberated 650hp, with the usual raft of suspension, body and interior tweaks also on offer to tweak how mad/overt/luxurious you needed your C-Class to be. Hence prices never being widely distributed - buyers could spend as much as they wanted above and beyond that power pack.

This is one of those Brabus C-Classes. A pretty rare find already, though made even more special in this instance by being a right-hand drive 650 - believed to be the only one in existence. In addition to the engine upgrade, this C63 has benefitted from a Brabus bodykit, forged wheels and Brabus kickplates. Despite how that may sound, it's pretty restrained by Brabus standards, especially when you bear in mind that this was made at about the same time as the Edition 1 C63s from AMG, with yellow accents thrown all over it.


Depending on your perspective, the fact this car has clocked up 25,000 miles will either be to the detriment of its collectible status, or conclusive proof of Bottrop's sterling work - we'll take it as the latter. What finer way could there be to cover long distances than with a Brabus'd Mercedes? The relatively subdued spec, including clear glass and black leather interior, should mean it wouldn't attract too much unwanted attention, and 650hp will make the miles pass a little quicker (where laws permit).

The kicker? It's £100k. But then special never did come cheap, and if this really is the only one in the world then that's quite some selling point. Various M5s and E63s will be more common, heavier and less powerful, while any other C63 - even the very special old Black Series cars - won't even be within 120hp of this. For those in the know, Brabus has always meant something even more alluring than AMG - whether those base cars have 300hp or 600hp. This 650 stays true to form; for those with a lot of miles to cover and a fuel card to absorb the cost, what could be better?


SPECIFICATION - BRABUS 650
Engine:
3,982cc, twin-turbo V8
Transmission: 7-speed auto with lock-up clutch (MCT), rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 650
Torque (lb ft): 604
MPG: 34.5 (standard car)
CO2: 192g/km
First registered: 2015
Recorded mileage: 25,000
Price new: £N/A
Yours for: £99,995

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sidesauce

Original Poster:

942 posts

160 months

Sunday 2nd June
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A nutter of a car with a grenade of an engine. Some-one obviously really wanted this and I can only image the fun that could be had in it...

Piginapoke

812 posts

127 months

Sunday 2nd June
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A very, very cool car.

AC43

7,049 posts

150 months

Sunday 2nd June
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Stunning.

I've only just found out they also do 800bhp versions (!).

tosh.brice

159 posts

153 months

Sunday 2nd June
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No mention of a brake upgrade?!?

RobEB

28 posts

37 months

Sunday 2nd June
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Hell yeah !!!
I find myself wondering how many sets of tyres this car's already been through..and maybe if it's had its transmission or driveshafts replaced from repeated burnouts.
Would take the badging completely off it though.
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AC43

7,049 posts

150 months

Sunday 2nd June
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RobEB said:
Hell yeah !!!
I find myself wondering how many sets of tyres this car's already been through..and maybe if it's had its transmission or driveshafts replaced from repeated burnouts.
Would take the badging completely off it though.
There are a couple of nice ones (800's) over on the "Show us pics of your fast estate" thread.

Plus some fairly mental Alpina's too.

I hadn't been paying much attention to what Brabus have been up to recently. As t turns out they've been rubbing their hands in glee at the recent arrival of MB's smaller capacity twin turbo V8's.



swisstoni

7,702 posts

221 months

Sunday 2nd June
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Dangerously close to subtle. They can't be feeling well.


chris116

745 posts

110 months

Sunday 2nd June
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I don't know which is more nuts, 600+ hp & torque in a C63 or £100k for a 4 year old C class.

ntiz

703 posts

78 months

Sunday 2nd June
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chris116 said:
I don't know which is more nuts, 600+ hp & torque in a C63 or £100k for a 4 year old C class.
The 100k part may not be that mental compared to what the chap who bought it new paid.

big_rob_sydney

2,327 posts

136 months

Sunday 2nd June
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Cant help but feel a Nissan GTR with some Litchfield work coming in with more power for 1/3 the price is far more sensible. After all, when the engine invariably goes pop, who will have the technical capability to provide support? With Nissan's, there are plenty of capable tuners, should there be an issue. But with this being the only right hand drive car of its type in the UK, I suspect support wont be as easy as the alternative.

Plus, you'd get to invest the other 70k or thereabouts in hookers and blow.

Is this even a serious suggestion???

BFleming

1,097 posts

85 months

Sunday 2nd June
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PHArticle said:
AMG makes four-wheel drive hatchbacks with more than 300hp, Drift Mode-y estates with over 600hp, sports cars capable of 7:10 at the Nordschleife and everything in between
AMG doesn't make anything anymore. Mercedes bought them many moons ago, and all that remains is a badge. Mercedes makes 'four-wheel drive hatchbacks with more than 300hp, Drift Mode-y estates with over 600hp, sports cars capable of 7:10 at the Nordschleife and everything in between'.
As you were.

OnePaceRunner

187 posts

2 months

Sunday 2nd June
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Very nice

pSyCoSiS

2,471 posts

147 months

Monday 3rd June
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The ultimate Q-car powerhouse.

Remove all Brabus references and badge it up as a C200.

I remember the old R170 on Top Gear over 20 years ago - it did 70mph in first gear!

PistonBroker

1,681 posts

168 months

Monday 3rd June
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I took a glance at the pic at the top of the article and decided that this was an E. Almost spat my coffee out when I realised it was a C!

Lovely restrained looking thing. I expect it would scare the bejesus out of me. Love it!

HM-2

4,447 posts

111 months

Monday 3rd June
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PistonBroker said:
I took a glance at the pic at the top of the article and decided that this was an E. Almost spat my coffee out when I realised it was a C!
Personally I think I'd want the 800, which is based on the E63 S 4-Matic.
I suspect it fares a bit better from a traction perspective putting 800bhp through 4 wheels. Surprisingly discrete looking too...


jakesmith

4,106 posts

113 months

Monday 3rd June
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Does this really offer a lot of performance over a remapped M3 or even M5?

moldy

78 posts

47 months

Tuesday 4th June
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simply lovely

smithyithy

4,378 posts

60 months

Tuesday 4th June
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big_rob_sydney said:
Cant help but feel a Nissan GTR with some Litchfield work coming in with more power for 1/3 the price is far more sensible. After all, when the engine invariably goes pop, who will have the technical capability to provide support? With Nissan's, there are plenty of capable tuners, should there be an issue. But with this being the only right hand drive car of its type in the UK, I suspect support wont be as easy as the alternative.

Plus, you'd get to invest the other 70k or thereabouts in hookers and blow.

Is this even a serious suggestion???
Not just that, but a Litchfield ECU remap of this model C63 ups the power to around 570bhp for £600+VAT...

I know the Brabus is a special car and there's surely a lot more to the car than just a bump in power, but there are definitely more cost-efficient alternatives..

HM-2

4,447 posts

111 months

Tuesday 4th June
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smithyithy said:
big_rob_sydney said:
Cant help but feel a Nissan GTR with some Litchfield work coming in with more power for 1/3 the price is far more sensible. After all, when the engine invariably goes pop, who will have the technical capability to provide support? With Nissan's, there are plenty of capable tuners, should there be an issue. But with this being the only right hand drive car of its type in the UK, I suspect support wont be as easy as the alternative.

Plus, you'd get to invest the other 70k or thereabouts in hookers and blow.

Is this even a serious suggestion???
Not just that, but a Litchfield ECU remap of this model C63 ups the power to around 570bhp for £600+VAT...

I know the Brabus is a special car and there's surely a lot more to the car than just a bump in power, but there are definitely more cost-efficient alternatives..
I might be due a woosh parrot, but can you really get a Litchfield tuned GTR for £30k?

S1KRR

10,225 posts

154 months

Tuesday 4th June
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Got side-tracked looking at Brabus website. They now tune boats! biggrin

Given Brabus stuff is hilariously expensive. (I heard a rumour the E63s to their top spec 800 is something daft like £100K on top of the base car! laugh )

So by that metric a 605 HP C63 is (probably) going to be the thick end of £180K


https://www.brabus.com/en/tuning/overview/article/...

But Jesus, if I win the Euromillions I'm having one with this body kit and wheels combo. biggrin