Although the gadget list in our test car might easily fill just about any desire, we didn't exactly found the mother load of gadgetry in the Brabus E V12 we drove. Yes, there are a lot of toys and buttons to fiddle with, but nothing which you can't find in a properly equipped Mercedes-Benz S 600. Not to say this is a poorly equipped car, far from it, it's just that everything is made to please its occupants in a more subdued fashion. In other words, it's not the gadgets that should tickle your senses, but the overall feel of the car.
The auto-dimming feature is present both on the center rear-view mirror and the exterior ones, making sure you don't get blinded by an over-achieving HID light while driving into the night. As we mentioned before, our test car was equipped with electrically adjustable, heated and highly "hugging" seats both in the front and on the two outboard positions of the rear seat.
The Harman Kardon audio system and the TV/DVD system could also come in handy if you suffer from car sickness and don't like driving. Another time-consuming but fun feature which we somewhat abused was the control for the Bilstein addaptive shocks suspension. As we mentioned before, it has two different hardness settings.
Apparently, the Brabus E V12 is more of a driver's car than we expected, despite the gigantic leg room in and the size of the rear doors. The remote-controlled opening of the luggage compartment and the doors wich close with a nice thunk also gave us plenty of smiles every time. Also, the four-zone climate control system with digital controls for four different passengers was nothing to be ashamed about, especialy since this feature was usully reserved for the Mercedes-Benz S-Klasse until now.Continue reading