Brabus are once again trying to set standards higher. With their programme for
the new super sports car of Mercedes' sub label AMG, the Germans offer some
more than just re-styling or extra zest. They focus on sportiness, better
aerodynamics and weight reduction, on the one hand. On the other attention is
being paid to soften the character of the SLS. And, you can have one with the
other on the car. Of course, all that technology is as sophisticated as it is
The body parts are made from costly carbon fibre. Okay, there are others offering
this. The same goes for the forged alloy wheels. But things are getting a bit different
when it comes to the exhaust system, however. Brabus use titanium for the thing, which makes it
40% lighter than the standard part. At the same time, it features a bypass gate,
pneumatically controlled from the dashboard! Thanks to it the car is quieter than
the production model,
when the gate is closed.
Opening it makes the sound 'sportier', as Brabus say. Meaning, it's louder.
Those who expect the system to enhance power output will be disappointed. At
least Brabus don't say a word on this. On the other hand they mention to be still
developing an engine upgrade for the 6.3 Liter V8 motor. And there won't surely
be nothing wrong in anticipating that the engineers in the factory at Bottrop
are heading for some further superlatives.
As with the exhaust system, the driver is also enabled to order the suspension
to make the car being a good or a bad boy. Thanks to the so-called 'Smooth Ride
Suspension' damper settings can be adjusted from the cabin too. This allows 'sportier',
meaning harder driving manners, while at the contrary adjustment, damping quality is
even softer than AMG's original set up, Brabus say.
Maximum lowering rate is 40mm. To overcome obstacle, 50mm more ride height will
be provided by a push of a button by the Front Lift System – a feature which is
currently under preparation for the gullwing Merc. When it comes to the interior,
things become more boring, ostensibly. Brabus offer the whole stuff we already know:
Sports steering wheel and pedals.
And, scuff plates with illuminated Brabus logos - don't think about weight reduction.
And, on demand, the workshops cover all parts with leather or Alcantara, unless they
have to be left transparent. And, contrasting or matching stitchings can be chosen
too. But no other offering keeps us as excited as the optional speedo, which scale
ends at 400km/h. Especially because Brabus advertise this as a hint to the car's
future performance with engine tuning.