Brabus Rocket 900 Desert Gold Edition (Photos)
Difficult as it is to comprehend, some people believe the twin-turbocharged, V-12–powered Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG doesn’t have enough gristle.
We know, right? I mean, BMW refuses to build a 7-series-based M7 because it doesn’t think such a car fits their brand, yet there so many customers looking for that sort of sedan that not only can they get one from AMG (two, if you include the twin-turbo V-8 S63), but they can get an even wilder one from Brabus. The German tuning and customization house has hit the Dubai Motor Show by matching heat with heat, delivering this Rocket 900 Desert Gold Edition, which promises to fit right in with its new flagship store in the Gulf emirate.
Brabus claims the Rocket 900 Desert Gold will reach out a top speed on the naughty side of 217 mph, a feat enabled by coercing the Benz’s V-12 to deliver 888 horsepower and a John Deere-ish 1106 lb-ft of torque, although it has to be limited in practice to 885 lb-ft to prevent grenading the driveline. With that fusillade delivered exclusively to the rear wheels, we’re thinking achieving the quoted 0-to-62-mph time of 3.7 seconds will be a bit of a challenge, but the 9.1-second 0-to-120-mph time might be more easy to replicate.
Mercedes’ in-house tuning shop, AMG, achieved its 621-hp and 738-lb-ft ratings for the S65 by taking the original V-12 and throwing everything out to start again. Brabus has done the same to AMG’s engine. There’s a custom crankshaft that enables a longer stroke, and the cylinders have been bored out, too, pushing the capacity up from 6.0-liters to 6.3 liters. Custom, matched forged pistons are installed, and the balanced connecting rods are machined from billets.
The turbochargers are enlarged, with larger compressors and larger turbines, while the exhaust downpipes have swollen to more than three inches in diameter. There’s a new air intake, too, sucking oxygen through a new duct behind the grille; the air flows into a new filter box complete with reflective gold sheathing to reduce air temperature. There’ll be no high-pitched wail, though, with the V-12 delivering its full, 888-hp fury at just 5500 rpm and its torque peak at 4200 rpm. AMG’s venerable seven-speed automatic transmission has been volunteered into service here, in concert with a limited-slip differential.
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