Mercedes-Benz tuning specialists Brabus have just unveiled their tuning package for the advanced Mercedes-Benz S500 Plug-in Hybrid. Officially dubbed the Brabus B50, the car features a range of exterior, interior and engine modifications to improve upon the already impressive S500 hybrid.
For starters, the Brabus B50 kit sees power from the turbocharged 3.0-litre petrol V6 lifted from 328 hp to a total of 385 hp at 5600 rpm and 405 lb-ft of torque between 1600 and 4000 rpm. When combined with the S500 plug-in hybrid’s electric motor, the Brabus produces a total of 493 hp and 656 lb-ft. As a result, the large four door will accelerate to 100 km/h in a brisk 4.9 seconds while the top speed will sit at an electronically limited 250 km/h. Alongside the engine modifications, the Brabus B50 is available with a stainless steel sports exhaust system featuring quad tailpipes.
From a visual standpoint, the car adopts a refreshed front bumper incorporating revised and enlarged air intakes. Additionally, extended side skirts have been installed while at the rear, a subtle bootlid lip spoiler is featured alongside a new diffuser. Brabus badging then adorns the exterior of the car. Completing the exterior changes are new Brabus monoblock alloy wheels available in 19, 20, 21 and 22 inches.
Inside, the car features the finest leathers from Brabus as well as new scuff plates. Alcantara can also be optioned for a range of surfaces as can wood and carbon fibre.
“BRABUS PowerXtra B50 Hybrid with 368 kW / 500 hp (493 bhp) and 890 Nm of torque
The eco-friendly performance upgrade for the new Mercedes S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID
For more than 35 years, BRABUS has been the synonym for powerful high-performance automobiles and exclusive refinement at the highest level of
perfection. One philosophy has always been paramount in all these years: combining top performance with exemplary eco-friendliness, immaculate
durability and perfect everyday practicality.
With the new BRABUS PowerXtra B50 Hybrid performance kit for the new Mercedes S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID, the engine specialists of the world’s largest
independent tuner once more demonstrate their unrivalled know-how. The power increase of the V6 engine by 38 kW / 52 hp (51 bhp) and the boost in
torque by 70 Nm (52 lb-ft) bumps the system output of the hybrid sedan to 368 kW / 500 hp (493 bhp) and system torque to 890 Nm (656 lb-ft). As a
result, the luxury liner sprints from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.9 seconds, and impresses in daily driving with even further enhanced
superiority. Due to the hybrid system, the top speed remains electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).
Of course, the refinement program from BRABUS (Brabus-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777 111, Internet
www.brabus.com) also includes numerous other options for the S-Class with alternative drive. Among them are an aerodynamic-enhancement program with
sporty-elegant styling, tailor-made wheels with diameters of up to 22 inches and exclusive options for the interior.
All components are backed by the one-of-a-kind BRABUS Tuning Warranty of three years, up to 100,000 kilometer/62,000 miles (see BRABUS Warranty Terms
and Conditions, updated July 2013).
BRABUS offers the world’s most extensive lineup of engine tuning for Mercedes-Benz automobiles, which of course also includes the models of the
latest S-Class. Moreover, since the German company has always been a pioneer in the development of especially eco-friendly high-performance engines,
it developed a performance kit for the S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID model with turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 gasoline engine and plug-in electric drive.
With special mapping for injection and ignition as well as a moderate increase in boost pressure, the plug-and-play BRABUS PowerXtra B50 Hybrid
performance kit coaxes an additional 52 horsepower and 70 Newton meters from the six-cylinder engine.
Instead of stock 245 kW / 333 hp (328 bhp), the engine produces an output of 283 kW / 385 hp (379 bhp) at 5,600 rpm and generates a peak torque of
550 Nm (405 lb-ft) between 1,600 and 4,000 rpm after the conversion. In concert with the electric motor, the tuned S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID has a system
output of 368 kW / 500 hp (493 bhp) and 890 Nm (656 lb-ft) of system torque.
As a result, the four-door car accelerates from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.9 seconds. Due to the hybrid technology, the top speed remains
electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).
Much more important than the raw performance figures is the even more superior driving sensation the alternative drive with BRABUS PowerXtra B50
Hybrid tuning delivers. Superior power is available across the entire rev range and of course, the BRABUS performance kit harmonizes perfectly with
the four different operating modes of the S 500’s hybrid system. It goes without saying that the tuned V6 complies with the strict EURO VI emissions
As the ideal complement to the performance upgrade, BRABUS offers a fully stainless-steel sports exhaust system with four tailpipes in hallmark
BRABUS design for the S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID as well.
Of course, BRABUS also offers a host of other refinement options for the eco-friendly luxury sedan. Tailor-made BRABUS aerodynamic-enhancement
components manufactured in OEM quality from PUR and carbon fiber are available to add a sporty-elegant emphasis to the bodywork.
The BRABUS front fascia replaces the production bumper in its entirety. It captivates with its striking looks that includes large stylishly
integrated air intakes that optimize the supply of cooling air for the radiator, engine and front brakes. What’s more: its shape was optimized in the
wind tunnel and features an integrated spoiler lip. As a result, it also reduces lift on the front axle, a measure that plays a role in the further
improved handling stability at high speeds.
The side of the each front fender is upgraded with a BRABUS design element made from clear-coated carbon fiber. The integrated BRABUS logo is
optionally available in a backlit version whose light is activated by operating the keyless-entry remote or by pulling on a door handle.
At the same time, the LED lights integrated into the underside of the BRABUS rocker panels also light up. The underfloor lighting makes approaching
the car at night safer and helps to avoid stepping into a pothole or puddle.
The BRABUS aerodynamic-enhancement concept was designed for all current S-Class models with short or long wheelbase. It is rounded out by the BRABUS
rear spoiler lip, which is also available in a version made from clear-coated carbon fiber, and the rear fascia with integrated diffuser and
tailor-made cutouts for the BRABUS sports exhaust system.
Also contributing to the striking designer looks and the even more dynamic and safer handling of the Mercedes S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID and all other
S-Class models are the tailor-made BRABUS Monoblock alloy wheels with diameters of 19, 20, 21 or even 22 inches.
Forged BRABUS “PLATINUM EDITION” high-tech wheels of size 9Jx21 on the front axle and size 10.5Jx21 wheels at the rear are available as an especially
exclusive tire/wheel combination. Customers can choose from three different designs: mirror-finished Monoblock VI wheels with six double spokes,
Monoblock F cross-spoke wheels or the new Monoblock R wheels with pairs of spokes offset in space. Continental, Pirelli and YOKOHAMA high-performance
tires of sizes 255/35 ZR 21 at the front and 295/30 ZR 21 on the rear axle were selected as the optimal tires.
As an alternative, there is also a BRABUS 22-inch tire/wheel combination for the S-Class. The BRABUS Monoblock G “Platinum Edition” forged wheels
combine size 9Jx22 wheels and size 255/30 ZR 22 tires on the front axle with size 10Jx22 wheels and size 295/25 ZR 22 tires at the rear, and make
full use of the available space in the wheel wells.
To enhance the high level of dynamic handling of the hybrid sedan further, BRABUS has developed a special control module that lowers the ride height
of vehicles equipped with AIRMATIC by about 15 millimeters (.6 inches).
Sheer luxury and individuality in the interior is yet another BRABUS specialty. The product lineup for the Mercedes S-Class ranges from scuff plates
with BRABUS logo to exclusive BRABUS fine leather interiors. The company upholstery shop crafts these interiors with utmost love of detail from
especially soft yet durable BRABUS Mastik leather and the finest Alcantara in any desired color. Just as extensive is the range of available wood and
carbon-fiber interior trim.
In addition, the hybrid luxury liner can also be refined with the equally exclusive and technologically innovative BRABUS “iBusiness” multimedia