Brabus, the German tuner known for taking already powerful Mercedes vehicles and making them even more potent, is back at it again. Apparently, the super posh Mercedes-Maybach S 650—with its factory 6.0-liter V12 twin-turbo engine producing 530 horsepower—is not powerful enough for the speed sled tuning shop.
Brabus could have just bought something American—like an 840 horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon—to get their horsepower fix, but that would be too easy, and just not evil enough. Remember, these Brabus creations are for heads of slick organized crime factions and other well-heeled infamous organizations. Satan himself probably owns a Brabus.
So, how did the tune shop get the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 to go from 530 to 900 horsepower? For one, they increased the displacement of the engine from 6.0 to 6.3 liters (366- to 384-cubic inches). After boring out the cylinders, engineers developed a billet crankshaft with lengthier stroke, forged pistons with a bigger diameter, and precision-balanced connector rods.
After the engine displacement was increased, greater turbos were swapped in place of the factory-spec ones from Benz. The new turbos have larger compressor units and bigger turbines. To make the monster of an engine exhale correctly, special exhaust manifolds were developed to dovetail with the turbos. A larger set of 3.1-inch downpipes, free-flow cat and stainless-steel Brabus exhaust (with active butterfly valves) ensure the neighbors will never sleep again.
Beyond the ridiculous hypercar-level of horsepower statistic, it’s the 1,106 lb-ft of torque— equivalent to almost three BMW M3 coupes—that is even more impressive. Of course, at over 2.8 tons, the four-seat limousine needs that much torque to move it from 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds if it’s going to be hauling bald overlords with hairless cats from lair to mountaintop chalet.
Inside, the interior has been reworked, too. According to Brabus, “Even more exclusive is a BRABUS ‘Masterpiece’ interior designed specifically for the current Maybach models and available in an endless variety of leathers and Alcantara in any desired color and with practically any desired upholstery layout. Just as individual is the range of wood or carbon inlays, which are likewise available in any desired color and with a variety of surface finishes. The BRABUS 250 mph speedometer matches the performance potential of the BRABUS 900 6.3 V12 twin-turbo increased-displacement engine.”
The Brabus 900 version of the Mercedes-Maybach S 650 can be built completely bespoke, of course. Also, customers have the option of providing their own Mercedes-Maybach S 650 for conversion all at once, or in stages.
Cost of complete car purchase or conversion hasn’t been released by the tune shop, but if you’re the type that already has sharks with lasers on their heads, you can probably afford it.