A Maybach 57, powered by a 730-bhp Brabus SV12 S Biturbo engine, set a world
speed record of 205.2 mph (330.6 km/h) on the test track at Nardo, Italy. It is
now the world’s
fastest and most exclusive ultra-luxury sedan. The Brabus engineers and test
drivers bested their own record set in 2005 when a Maybach 57 powered by a
Brabus SV12 Biturbo engine with 640 bhp was clocked at
195 mph (314 km/h).
The SV12 S Biturbo evolution of the 6.3-liter displacement engine was originally developed for the Brabus ROCKET, the four-door car based on the Mercedes CLS series. In October of 2006 it set a speed record for street-legal sedans of 227.2 mph (365.7 km/h), a record that still stands today.
For power increase of the turbocharged Maybach 12-cylinder engine from standard 543 bhp to 730 bhp, Brabus followed its tradition of increasing engine displacement. The Brabus engineers developed a special crankshaft with longer stroke, precision-balanced piston rods and larger pistons to account for the increased cylinder bore. Displacement grows from standard 5.5 to 6.3 liters (335 to 385 cu. in.).
The inner workings of the engine are modified with precision-machined cylinder heads and special camshafts. The engine peripherals are tuned for more power with the help of a high-performance turbocharging system with special manifolds, two larger turbochargers, more efficient intercoolers, and a stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system with metal catalysts.
Custom-programmed engine electronics coordinate the perfect interaction of all high-performance components and ensure that the engine meets stringent EURO IV emission limits. The standard 155 mph (250 km/h) speed limit is also eliminated. The peak torque of 974 lb-ft is limited by the engine electronics to 811 lb-ft.
The enormous power of the Brabus SV12 S Biturbo engine is transferred to the rear wheels via a reinforced five-speed automatic transmission.
The top speed of 205.2 mph places enormous demands on tires and wheels. The Brabus suspension engineers developed forged 21-inch Brabus Monoblock VI light-alloy wheels specifically for the Maybach. The fully polished multi-piece wheels with six double spokes perfectly fill the space beneath the wheel arches. They are mounted in size 9.0Jx21 in front with size 275/40 R21 tires, and in size 10.5Jx21 with size 315/35 R21 tires on the rear axle.
For further increased driving safety the Brabus air-suspension module lowers the ride height by 0.6 inches without compromising the unique ride comfort.
Brabus refines the elegant lines of Maybach not just with a lowered ride height and with large wheels. The front of the sedan can be upgraded with two auxiliary headlights that serve as daytime running lights. They are stylishly integrated into the production front apron.
Exclusive Brabus light design is also available for the sides and the rear of the Maybach: LED lights integrated into the body that illuminate the ground beside and behind the luxury sedan can be activated via the keyless fob. They help avoid unfortunate missteps into potholes or puddles in the dark. The rear of the Maybach is further upgraded with the ultra-flat tailpipes of the Brabus sport exhaust system.
Brabus also offers exclusive custom-tailored interiors and state-of-the-art multimedia technology for all Maybach models. Owners of the luxury sedan can choose from the finest leathers and Alcantara in any desired color and design.
Special loving attention to detail is present in the waffle-patterned leather carpeting that alone uses several kilometers of the finest thread, sewn with utmost precision. Custom-tailored Brabus lambs wool floor mats caress the occupants’ feet.
The Brabus development team also created additional interesting features for the standard entertainment system of the Maybach. The 16:9 flat screens integrated into the back of the front seats measure 15.2 inches in the Brabus version (standard: 9 inches). An additional 6-disc DVD changer rounds out the Brabus multimedia package for the Maybach.
At the push of a button the Maybach transforms into a luxurious office on wheels: The screens the display the computer’s user interface. Brabus uses a special computer designed for use in a car that is connected to the internet via UMTS. A wireless keyboard and wireless optical gyro mouse make operating the computer easy and convenient. A USB 2.0 port, stylishly integrated into the center console, allows connecting external electronic equipment such as printer or a digital camera.
To remain online even when outside the vehicle the Brabus communications specialists have integrated a high-tech notebook computer in an electrically operated drawer in the trunk. This computer is connected to the computer network of the vehicle via W-LAN.