Taking it step by step, the interior is what strikes us first. Similar to long-distance flights in business class, both seats can be reclined to full sleeping position at the push of a button. The two custom seats are separated by a center console made of a leather and bamboo combination, housing the controls for the rear climate control system and for the entire multimedia system.
A 32-inch electrically deployed LCD screen is integrated into the partition wall behind the front seats, that can be used as computer monitor, for the Sony PlayStation 3 game console or in split-screen mode to simultaneously monitor the images from the various external cameras.
The Brabus Viano ‘Lounge Concept’ van can also provide on-board refreshments thanks to a refrigerator and a coffee maker. The van features numerous integrated storage compartments, while for transporting bodyguards or other personnel there are electrically deployed emergency seats opposite the comfort seats.
As for the performances, the BRABUS ECO PowerXtra D6 (III) power kit significantly increases power output. Therefore, the special model Viano V8 is powered by a BRABUS 6.1-liter engine with 426 hp (418 bhp) / 313 kW at 5,400 rpm and a peak torque of 621 Nm (458 lb-ft) at 4,100 rpm. With a sprint time of 5.9 seconds from naught to sixty and an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph) the BRABUS Viano V8 is one of the world’s fastest vans.