The Brabus 500 does not claim to be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Look. It’s the wolf, and it punches worse behind that sinister face. The Brabus 500 begins life as a new seventh generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class, particularly an S 500 4MATIC with a 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine and a 48V EQ Boost with moderate hybrid assistance.
Next, Brabus installs its B50-500 PowerXtra engine management module, a proprietary plug-and-play system with specific tuning for the S-Class’ inline six. With that at stake, the engine’s power is now 493 heady horsepower and 435 foot-pounds of torque, about 64 more horsepower and 51 more torque than stock.
Impressive? You bet! Considering that an original S580 4MATIC has 496 horsepower from a 4.0 liter bi-turbo V8 engine, the Brabus PowerXtra B50-500 module gave the original six inline some V8 muscle. In addition, the maximum torque reaches 1,800 to 5,800 rpm, which translates into relentless thrust. Brabus claims zero to 60 mph in less than 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph.
Brabus also has a unique view of the S400d diesel. Although not available in America, the Mercedes S-Class S 400d outperforms the gasoline model S 500 in torque. It has a 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder diesel engine with 335 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. But with Brabus’ innovative PowerXtra D40 performance module, the S 400d now has 365 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque.
The Brabus 500 has a custom body kit to improve style and aerodynamics. It has a custom Brabus front spoiler, a new front bumper with larger side intakes, a new rear bumper insert, new side LED markers and aggressive black chrome square exhaust tips. In addition, Brabus has a new carbon fiber rear spoiler waiting on the wings.
What really stands out are those glorious 21-inch forged Brabus Monoblock M Platinum Edition alloy wheels that are custom-made and wrapped in high-performance Yokohama, Continental or Pirelli rubber. The Mercedes S-Class S 500 standard aromatic sports suspension is now lower by a full inch to improve handling without penalizing driving comfort.
Meanwhile, the interior receives leather upholstery from the Brabus brand and exclusive finishing pieces from Brabus. The Brabus 500 costs about $ 350,000, about $ 237,000 more than a Mercedes S-Class S 500, enough to buy a new Acura NSX or Mercedes-Benz AMG GT with spare change. But hey, nobody said a Brabus S-Class would come cheap.