As you all know by now, Brabus has taken the V8 out of a "regular" E500 and substituted it with a bored-out 6.3-liter V12, which includes a new Mahle pistons, a titanium crankshaft, modified cylinder heads and sportier camshafts. A couple of larger than life turbochargers have been strapped on afterwards and plumbed to four intercoolers. You've read that correctly, there are four intercoolers.
Subtle but big air intakes are carved into the engine hood to stop this nuclear power plant from total meltdown when you hit the throttle, but to also act as a pseudo-ram intake for better breathing at higher speeds. In Brabus-speak, this engine is known as the SV12 R Biturbo, but you just need to know it's almost as powerful as a sixteen-cylinder, quad-turbocharged Bugatti Veyron. And much more torquey, we should add.
800 horsepower and 1420 Nm (1047 lb ft) of torque. These numbers wil probably haunt us until we test something even more powerful.
Also, one of Brabus' PR managers told us that there should be no fears on the longevity front. This engine has been so meticulously engineered that it is compliant with the Euro V emissions regulations, will return a better than expected fuel economy (obviously with a relaxed right foot), and delivers CO2 emissions that are quite reasonable considering this kind of performance.
Obviously, even the Brabus tuners reckoned that this engine's full 1420 Nm (1047 lb ft) of torque would be too much for the Maybach-sourced 5G-Tronic, so the twin-turbo V12's total output has been electronically limited to “just” 1100Nm (811 lb ft) of torque. Ntz ntz ntz.Continue reading