Big, wild, crazy vehicles from local tuners are one of the highlights of all European auto shows, where even high-performance cars get ludicrous amounts of horsepower and questionable body mods. But this is just beautiful perfection
Big, wild, crazy vehicles from local tuners are one of the highlights of all European auto shows, where even high-performance cars get ludicrous amounts of horsepower and questionable body mods. Occasionally, though, one tuning shop comes out with something that is actually pretty reasonable in both departments.
At the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, that vehicle came from Brabus and its took on the Mercedes-AMG GT, simply called the Brabus GT. Sure, it has 600 horsepower, which is a lot, but it's only 97 hp more than stock. Asking a European tuner to increase a car's horsepower by just 97 ponies is like asking a six-pack-a-day smoker to quite cold turkey – it requires a tremendous amount of self-control.
It's a similar story on the body, where we get a new body kit, new wheels, and a slightly tweaked interior. Now, to be fair, the body kit is made from carbon fiber and the wheels are staggered, multi-spoke alloys, but neither mod is too garish. The cabin gets new black leather, which comes from cows and not some other typical Euro tuner hide, like whale foreskin. The steering wheel gets an Alcantara wrap, and there's some carbon-fiber and wood trim added as well. It's all very, very simple, and not just for a European tuner – we could picture Mercedes itself coming up with a very similar treatment if/when it does an AMG GT Black Series.
Just in time for the Frankfurt Auto Show, Brabus has just unveiled a tuned Mercedes-AMG GT S supercar. The powerful AMG GT S comes with a power output of 441 kW / 600 HP (591 bhp) at 6,400 rpm and a peak torque of 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) at 4,800 rpm, capable to sprint from a standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 325 km/h (201 mph). Inside, fine leather interiors and inlays made from real carbon and precious wood, and exclusive accessories such as carbon scuff plates with stainless-steel inserts and a backlit Brabus logo, as well matte anodized or chrome-plated aluminum pedals. No word on price yet, but if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.