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New Brabus 800 Roadster To Debut At Geneva

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On: Sat, Mar 2, 2013 at 9:01AM | By: Teddy Field

New Brabus 800 Roadster To Debut At Geneva

Mercedes AMG cars aren’t exactly slow. When Daimler acquired the tuning company in 1999, they had been turning Mercedes street cars into Hedge Fund Fun Machines since the late-1960’s. Now with the full backing of Daimler-Benz, AMG has the financial and engineering ability to create some properly mind-blowing automobiles. Their new SL65 AMG for example, spits out 621-hp / 738 lb-ft from a twin-turbo V12. And that’s enough magic to propel this hedonistic hell raiser to a top speed of 186 mph. Ferraris were barely capable of that 20 years ago, so who could possibly top Mercedes’ own tuning company? Why Brabus of course.

Brabus has been tweaking Mercedes Benz cars since 1979. Their maniacal creations have set the World Record for Fastest Street-Legal Sedan, Wagon, and SUV over half-a-dozen times. Brabus doesn’t make cars to impress the country club set, they make cars for people who want to… drag race their own Leer Jet.

The all-new Brabus 800 Roadster ditches most of the AMG performance gear for much more serious equipment. For instance, the MB twin turbos get swapped for a bigger set, which are built into the exhaust manifold. The air is then pumped through one of the four water-to-air intercoolers, and the exhaust is evacuated through a ceramic coated free-flow exhaust system (complete with driver selectable noise modes).

In the Brabus 800 Roadster, this modified 6.0L Mercedes V12 makes 800-hp, and a staggering 1,047 lb-ft of torque. Since the AMG 7-Speed ‘SpeedShift Plus’ automatic transmission can’t even fathom such enormous torque figures, the Brabus T65 RS engine has been electronically limited to just 811 lb-ft.

As a result of Brabus’ fiddling, the 800 Roadster will hit 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds. And the top speed has been electronically limited to just 217 mph.

In an effort to keep Mr. Chief Executive Officer’s car from taking flight as he races his Leer Jet down the runway, the Brabus 800 Roadster comes with a wind tunnel-designed carbon fiber body kit, and the SL’s body control computer has been reprogrammed to lower the car by a full inch. It can also be fitted with a cornucopia of custom leather, wood, and other luxurious amenities, allowing you to break the law in complete comfort.

Expect the insane Brabus 800 Roadster to debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

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