A hair dryer? Really?
No, this car is far more than just follicle removal at warp speeds.
The V12TT fettled by Brabus boffins now absolutely pegs the car against its 217MPH top speed. This top end may or may not even be governed electronically for tire/client preservation purposes.
That 217 figure is significant as it equals 350kph — a time when all but the most specialized, perfect rubber will shred itself to pieces.
But this Rocket 900 doesn’t gasp or even struggle at this pace. Unrestricted and with cats removed, you are looking at a potential McLaren F1-beater of close to 240MPH. Like the F1, the 900 uses gold-lined intake sheathes to dissipate heat more effectively at max attack.
At these speeds, the extra mass and stability of the S-Class platform is actually enviable versus the smaller and more darty C- or E-Class conversions from the black B.
For all this pace, the Brabus S65 upfit is radically simple. Mostly a dechrome effort to remove the extensive brightwork on the factory machine. But also lacking bodykit etc in an effort to keep factory aero and structural integrity?
This stunner makes its debut in Frankfurt soon along with much other hot metal.
BRABUS Rocket 900 Cabriolet
World premiere at the IAA 2017
BRABUS ROCKET 900 Cabrio based on the Mercedes S 65
The world’s fastest and most powerful convertible
with 662-kW / 900-HP twin-turbo V12, 1,500 Nm peak torque and a top speed in excess of 350 km/h
BRABUS ROCKET 900 Cabrio: Under this label, BRABUS (Brabus-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone +49 / (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax +49 / (0) 2041 / 777 111, Internet www.brabus.com) presents the new fastest and most powerful four-seater convertible in the world as a world premiere at the IAA 2017 in Frankfurt am Main. The new supercar is built based on the Mercedes S 65.
The heart of this luxurious two-door car is the BRABUS ROCKET 900 6.3 V12 twin-turbo increased-displacement engine with an output of 662 kW / 900 HP (888 bhp) and a peak torque of 1,500 Nm (1,106 lb-ft). It propels the 2+2-seater from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds. The top speed is in excess of 350 km/h (217 mph).
Of course, the BRABUS ROCKET 900 Cabrio thrills not only on account of its unique performance. Just as extraordinary are the sporty-elegant looks with naked carbon aerodynamic-enhancement components, the 21-inch hi-tech forged wheels and the equally individual and stunningly finished BRABUS fine leather interior.
As the fastest four-seater convertible, this supercar keeps the Blue Ribbon in the family: The fastest representative of this fraternity before was the BRABUS 850 6.0 Biturbo Cabrio based on the Mercedes S 63 4MATIC.
The new open-top high-end supercar got its name from the BRABUS ROCKET 900 6.3 V12 twin-turbo increased-displacement engine that powers it. The high-performance power unit is based on the 12-cylinder engine of the S 65, and is built in the state-of-the-art engine shop in the BRABUS plant in Bottrop.
The most complex operation on this engine is the displacement increase from standard 6.0 to 6.3 liters (366 to 384 cu in). To this end, the 12-cylinder is fitted with a billet-steel BRABUS special crankshaft with longer stroke. In addition, the cylinder bores are enlarged and matching forged pistons and precision-balanced billet-steel special conrods are installed.
The engine peripherals are just as elementary for the performance increase. They have been redesigned in many aspects. Special exhaust manifolds with turbochargers featuring a larger compressor unit and turbine replace the production turbos. The conversion also includes larger down pipes with a diameter of 80 millimeters (3.1 in), a BRABUS high-performance exhaust with actively controlled exhaust flaps, and free-flow metal catalysts.
The intake side was also completely revised. It provides the engine with a generous helping of additional combustion air. To this end, the BRABUS power unit engineers developed the BRABUS 900 intake module, which draws its air directly from the radiator grille through an air duct in the hood. The new intake manifold also includes a special air filter box with larger intake cross-section and special filters, as well as “Gold Heat Reflection” sheathing for the intake pipes, which lowers the temperature to enhance performance.
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