BRABUS SV12 R 750 hp, 995 lb-ft & 211 mph


Here’s some more heavy German iron set to roll out at the upcoming Frankfurt show: The BRABUS SV12 R. Brabus calls it “The Fastest and Most Powerful Office on Wheels in the World” and with 750 hp, 995 lb-ft of torque on tap and a terminal velocity of 211 mph, I’m not going to start arguing with them.

Essentially the German tuning firm took a Mercedes-Benz S 600 and threw their catalogue at it … and their engineers, aerodynamicists and stylists for that matter and came up with what the well-healed German businessman should be using to get from Frankfurt to Cologne faster than their Gulfstream jet.

The BRABUS SV12 R is centered around the Biturbo 750 twelve-cylinder engine. Brabus says that the plant ” is a prime example for the old adage that nothing can replace displacement except more displacement.” And when the end result is an engine that cranks out 750 hp puts down a peak torque of 995 lb-ft, I guess they’re not exactly joking.


It features a special crankshaft with longer stroke, forged pistons with a larger diameter and an increased cylinder bore and a displacement bump to 6.3 liters. Brabus also optimized and improved mixture flow through the cylinder heads and also added four special camshafts to better help breathing.

The engine gurus also put on larger turbochargers, a more efficient intercooling system and added a low backp-ressure stainless-steel exhaust system with four tailpipes and metal catalysts. They also massaged the engine electronics to play well with all the new components and to meet current exhaust emission limits.

All this effort translates into 0 – 62 mph times of 4.0 seconds, and the beast gets up to 124 mph in a scant 11.9 seconds. The top speed is limited to 211 mph. Hmmm … wonder what it could do with those limiters off?

All this happens between the mill and the pavement via a modified five-speed automatic transmission. There’s also an optional locking differential to optimize traction.

Thankfully Brabus has also seen to the car’s aero package as well. There’s a new front apron that reduces lift on the front axle, and the large central air duct optimizes the cooling for the engine and front brakes. The new front also integrates auxiliary headlights and LED daytime running lights.


Brabus also did away with the stock fenders, replacing them with custom-tailored aluminum sport fenders that feature air vents and integrated LED lights.

You get your choice of Brabus Monoblock light-alloy wheels with diameters ranging from 17 to 21 inches. And tucked inside is a Brabus high-performance brake system with 12-piston aluminum calipers and 380 x 36-mm vented and cross-drilled discs up front, and 355 x 28-mm discs and six-piston aluminum fixed calipers out back.

Inside there’s more flat screens, computers, MP3 players and printers than a Best Buy and all around you is enough leather and wood and cushy seating to make really believe you’re in your office.

Your 750 hp, 211 mph office, that is.

  1. A 5-speed auto? Is it just me, or does that seem a bit…lame? Hell, MB is putting 7-speeds into a good amount of their cars now. Not that I think they need 7 speeds, but a 5-speed just seems a bit weak on this car.

  2. I think that this vehicle is heaven (or hell) on wheels.

    I also think that the five speed is just fine for this vehicle. With that much torque you want a few long gears to get keep pulling.

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