Brabus Mercedes SLS Roadster

As we revealed yesterday, Brabus unveiled an SLS at the 2011 Essen Motor Show. However, the leaks were wrong as instead of displaying a Biturbo SLS 700 Roadster, Brabus in fact displayed a more modest, 611hp version of the SLS Roadster. But Brabus ensured us that the biturbo kit will also be available on the open-top SLS.

The aerodynamics of the car can be translated from the coupe to the roadster model. The various components are manufactured from extremely lightweight carbon fiber. And customers can choose between a high-gloss or matte finish, or any painted colour upon request.

The SLS Roadster gets a new front spoiler which attaches to the underside of the production bumper and the two carbon fiber covers for the upper air ducts. Side skirts have been added along with air vents in the front fenders. Pushing the unlock button or pulling a door handle activates the blue-backlit Brabus lettering the air vents and the LED entrance lights. At the rear end of the SLS Roadster, modifications include a new rear spoiler with side air vents and a Brabus diffuser.

Brabus forged wheels have been custom-developed for the SLS. They measure 21 inches on the front axle and 22 inches at the rear. Named the Brabus Monoblock F “Platinum Edition” they use forging techniques for weight savings of 12 percent. They come in sizes 9.5Jx20 up front and in size 11Jx21 at the rear axle are available either with a high-gloss, ceramic polish or with a brushed finish. Tires are either Continental Pirelli or Yokohama in sizes 275/30 ZR 20 and 295/25 ZR 21.

Ride Control suspension has been fitted. Developed in cooperation with Bilstein, it can lower the ride height by up to 40 millimeters at the push of a button. A button on the center console also allows the driver to choose between damper settings. A Brabus Front Lift System can be added as an option, lifting the front end by 50 millimeters. The suspension reverts to its original position at a second push of the button or automatically upon reaching a speed of 30km/h.

Fitted to this car is the Brabus B63 S tuning kit for the 6.3 liter V8 engine. ECU mapping for the ignition and injection, and a high-performance exhaust system allow for a modest increase in performance. The titanium exhaust system features four tailpipes with a diameter of 84 millimeters and is 12 kilograms (or 40 percent) lighter than the production exhaust. As with the coupe, butterfly valves are included too. Maximum power output rises from the standard 571hp to 611hp.

The Brabus interior designs can, as usual, be bespoke to the customers taste. Accessories such as a speedometer with 400km/h dial, ergonomically shaped sport steering wheel, stainless-steel scuff plates with backlit Brabus logo and matte-anodized pedals can all be added.

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