If you’re an autoholic, with money to burn and a desire to burn up rubber on the highway, then your one stop shop is inevitably Germany. And the name to ask for?
There’s only one.
Nestled in the lush Rhine-Ruhr region of Germany’s polycentric north, exists a formidable high-performance aftermarket tuning company that will turn your regular old Mercedes-Benz, Smart or Maybach vehicle into a creature so fierce, it’d take out Medusa, Thor and the Nordic gods in a flash.
Owned by Bodo Buschmann, Brabus is the largest Mercedes tuner on the planet, other than Mercedes AMG.
From cosmetic surgery such as low profile spoilers, bodykits, carbon fibre splitters, and multi-piece alloy wheels to maximising engine performance through the increase of both horsepower and torque to serious upgrades such as racing LSDs, open racing exhaust systems, twelve-piston disc brakes, and engine remapping, this workshop of geniuses services the all needs of those seriously starved of horsepower.
In 2006, Brabus took an ordinary Mercedes SLS with a respectable 517 horsepower engine and a top speed of 250 kms per hour and turned it into … THE ROCKET. A world record smashing car, with an extra 200 horsepower, an additional 110 kms/hr and more leather than a rockstar’s underwear drawer* – a beast so fast it could beat Concorde in a race to the end of the runway. (Insert appropriate eyebrow raise here.)
Ah Brabus! In addition, they also provide custom work on the car’s upholstery, gauges, shiftknobs, pedals, and trim, as well as adding various electronics such as wider-than-normal LCD screens for the Maybach.
How do you get in on the Brabus action? You can either buy cars straight from Brabus or send in your Mercedes to be customized and/or overhauled. If you order one of these babies from Brabus directly, they buy the particular model from Mercedes for you, and then modify it in-house according to the your wish.
In fact they’re known for providing the very best tuning and custom solutions money can buy, creating the hush-hush “if you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it” scenario.
Oh yeah baby, Brabus understands the needs of a well-heeled, torque worshipping man of style.
However, most customers just pay for complete engine overhauls for which Brabus has become famous. The company typically orders crate engines from AMG and completely redesigns them.
Brabus engines range from small 200 horsepower (150 kW) K4 blocks for SLK roadsters and CLK-Class to 730 horsepower (540 kW) twin-turbo blocks for the CL-Class, CLS-Class, G-Class and S-Class.
So if you’re looking for a speedy, natural rush … wander into their workshop … and find out just how much difference there is between turbo … and TURBO, Brabus style!