What to say about this latest BRABUS Rocket 900 that will not be racially or culturally insensitive…..
This bespoke color was custom-created for the Rocket 900 Desert Gold Edition, which features matching forged wheel accents and cabin detailing.
Performance is out of this world — 124-mph from a stop takes just 9.1-seconds! This is unreal pace for a car so plush with room for five wealthy individuals inside: the Veyron delivers the same sprint for just two people in 8.9-seconds.
The overall top speed is 217-mph-plus from the bored-out 6.3-liter V12TT, producing 887 horsepower and more than 1100 pound-feet of torque. All this monster power heads to the back wheels of the S65-based Brabus exclusively (versus 4Matic on the S63) so a very strong limited-slip differential is critical in back. This is wound up to a 40-percent locking rate, on par with some racecars.
If being as quick as a Veyron on Dubai main highways while keeping backseaters comfortable, there Rocket 900 Desert Gold will be — literally — gone from view in a flash or furious sound glittery gold.
BRABUS Rocket 900 Desert Gold Edition
World premiere at the
DUBAI INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW 2015
An homage to the Orient
BRABUS ROCKET 900 “DESERT GOLD” Edition
V12 with 662 kW / 900 HP, 1,500 Nm and 350 km/h plus
BRABUS ROCKET 900 – that is the new reference for high performance in the luxury segment. BRABUS builds this supercar based on the Mercedes S 65.
BRABUS developed the especially exclusive BRABUS ROCKET 900 “DESERT GOLD” Edition, which celebrates its world debut at the DUBAI INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW 2015, as an homage to the Orient, where BRABUS maintains a company branch and a prestigious BRABUS Flagship Store in Dubai. The exclusive high-performance luxury liner is immediately recognizable not only due to its extraordinary “DESERT GOLD” special paintwork. The appearance of this special model is also characterized by BRABUS carbon aerodynamic-enhancement components and shiny black BRABUS Monoblock F “PLATINUM EDITION” 21-inch wheels with gold pin striping.
The BRABUS fine leather interior is finished in a combination of gold and black leather. Gold-colored seams in a quilting pattern created specifically for this special model furthermore distinguish the classy interior appointments.
The power plant for this luxury sedan is the BRABUS ROCKET 900 6.3 V12 twin-turbo increased-displacement engine rated at 662 kW / 900 HP (887 bhp) and producing a peak torque of 1,500 Nm (1,106 lb-ft). This engine propels the four-door car from rest to 200 km/h (124 mph) in just 9.1 seconds. The top speed is in excess of 350 km/h (217 mph).
As the name BRABUS ROCKET 900 “DESERT GOLD” indicates, this automotive homage from BRABUS to the desert state of Dubai was painted “Desert Gold,” a color created specifically for this high-performance sedan. In addition, some 300 parts in the interior were also painted the same shade.
Carbon aerodynamic-enhancement components and high-gloss black bodywork components add tasteful contrasts. All chrome parts on the vehicle were painted black as were the BRABUS Monoblock F “PLATINUM EDITION” forged wheels, which were additionally adorned with gold-colored pin striping.
Of course, the aerodynamic properties are also essential at the extremely high speeds the BRABUS ROCKET 900 “DESERT GOLD” so effortlessly attains. To minimize lift on the front and rear axle as well as to bring them into an optimal balance, the BRABUS designers developed a bodywork conversion with sporty and elegant styling. The naked carbon components with high-gloss coating lend the luxury sedan a dynamic visual upgrade and a sporty contrast to the gold paint finish. In addition, they also optimize aerodynamic efficiency.
The BRABUS front spoiler lip and the attachments for the front bumper give the four-door car a more thrilling appearance. What is more: Thanks to their shape optimized in the wind tunnel, these components also reduce lift on the front axle, which at high speeds contributes to further improved handling stability.
The front fenders are upgraded visually with a BRABUS design element made from naked carbon. The integrated BRABUS logo is illuminated and the lights are activated with the keyless-entry remote or by pulling on a door handle. BRABUS carbon covers for the exterior mirrors represent a further sporty upgrade.
The BRABUS rear spoiler lip and a diffuser made from naked carbon round off the BRABUS aerodynamic-enhancement concept. Tailor-made cutouts in the diffuser provide the perfect backdrop for the dual designer tailpipe tips of the BRABUS sports exhaust system. The tips are also painted a glossy black to match the overall concept.
In addition, BRABUS Monoblock F “Platinum Edition” high-tech cross-spoke forged wheels decisively characterize the look of the exclusive special model. BRABUS technology partners Continental, Pirelli and YOKOHAMA supply the optimal high performance tires of sizes 255/35 ZR 21 at the front and 295/30 ZR 21 on the rear axle. They are mounted on wheels of sizes 9Jx21 and 10.5Jx21.
The BRABUS AIRMATIC SPORT Unit, a special control module for the air suspension of the luxury sedan, was developed to be able to enhance the high level of dynamic handling of the high-performance luxury car further still. It lowers the ride height of the supercar by about 15 millimeters (.6 in) without compromising the outstanding ride quality.
Of course, the BRABUS ROCKET 900 “DESERT GOLD” impresses not only with its extraordinary appearance, but above all with its superior performance.
The 12-cylinder engine of the S 65 is revised in every detail in the BRABUS engine shop, which is equipped with a state-of-the-art machine park. The installation of a custom BRABUS billet crankshaft with longer stroke in concert with a larger cylinder bore, matching forged pistons and precision-balanced custom billet connecting rods increases the displacement from 5.5 to 6.3 liters (336 to 384 cubic inches).
Modifications to the engine peripherals also play a large role in the enormous power output. The two production turbos are replaced with turbochargers that have a larger compressor unit and a larger turbine as well as modified exhaust manifolds. Down pipes with a diameter of 80 millimeters (3.1 inches) are also included in the conversion, as is a stainless-steel BRABUS high-performance exhaust system with free-flow metal catalysts and actively controlled butterfly valve.
Just as crucial is a perfect air supply of the engine. To this end, the BRABUS engine specialists developed the BRABUS 900 intake module, which draws its air through an air duct in the hood directly from the radiator grille. The new intake manifold includes a special air filter box with larger cross-section and special filters as well as “Gold Heat Reflection” sheathing for lowering the temperature.
Precisely programmed mapping for injection and ignition coordinate the perfect interaction of the high-performance components. The result is not only maximum power, but also compliance with the strict limits set by the current EURO VI emissions standards. Technology partner MOTUL supplies the high-tech lubricants for the entire powertrain.
The extensive work performed on the engine results in the BRABUS ROCKET 900 6.3 V12 twin-turbo engine delivering unrivalled performance figures: the peak power of 662 kW / 900 hp (887 bhp) is produced at a low 5,500 rpm. Even more massive is the peak torque of 1,500 Nm (1,106 lb-ft) at 4,200 rpm. In the car, this figure is limited electronically to 1,200 Nm (884 lb-ft).
The power is channeled to the rear wheels by a seven-speed automatic transmission adapted to the tremendous power output and a BRABUS high-performance limited-slip differential with a locking rate of 40 percent. The transmission can also be shifted manually with the BRABUS RACE aluminum paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
The performance of the BRABUS ROCKET 900 “DESERT GOLD” is on the level of full-blooded top-class sports cars. From rest, the luxury sedan sprints to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.7 seconds. The sprint to 200 km/h (124 mph) takes a measly 9.1 seconds. Top speed is in excess of 350 km/h (217 mph).
A subtle or thrilling exhaust note accompanies this unique driving experience. The BRABUS sports exhaust system with actively controlled butterfly valve enables the owner to actively manage the sound at the touch of a button on the steering wheel. It lets the driver choose between driving the luxury sedan in a subtle and quiet “Coming Home” mode and enjoying a markedly powerful twelve-cylinder sound.
Of course, the interior of the BRABUS ROCKET 900 “DESERT GOLD” is also especially exclusive. With utmost love of detail, the BRABUS upholsterers transformed especially soft and breathable black and gold Mastik leather into a BRABUS fine leather interior in a class of its own. The embroidered “900” logo on the head restraints provides an indication of what engine is under the hood in the interior as well.
Gold-colored seams and piping add subtle accents. The interior elements such as switches and bezels also received an elaborate custom gold-colored coating. The headliner of the sedan is made from deep black Alcantara.
The BRABUS ROCKET 900 “DESERT GOLD” can be upgraded further with a state-of-the-art multimedia system by customer request.
Fuel economy, CO2 emissions and efficiency class:
BRABUS ROCKET 900 based on the Mercedes S 65: city 17.1 l/100 km, highway 8.6 l/100 km, combined: 11.9 l/100 km. Combined CO2 emissions: 279 g/km, efficiency class F.
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