Super-hot drop-top produces 838bhp and can reach 217mph
20 June 2016

The new Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo Cabrio made its world debut at last weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours as the world’s fastest and most powerful production four-seat convertible.

Based on the Mercedes-AMG S 63, the reworked car has 838bhp and a top speed of 217mph.

The two-door convertible accelerates from 0-62mph in just 3.5sec, while top speed is electronically limited to 217mph due to tyre restrictions. In comparison, the Mercedes-AMG S 63 develops 577bhp, has a 0-62mph time of 4.4sec and a limited top speed of 155mph.

Brabus says the 850’s twin-turbocharged V8 engine is capable of producing a substantial 1069lb ft of torque, but has been electronically limited to 848lb ft to protect the drivetrain. Power is transferred to all four wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission, with aluminium paddle shifters on the steering wheel allowing for manual changes.

The 850 features carbonfibre body parts including tailor-made surrounds for the large side air intakes in the front bumper, and covers for the wing mirrors.

Lightweight, Brabus-designed 21in forged wheels are fitted and are said to offer an optimal combination of maximum strength and low weight. There are various tyre designs to choose from and an option of upgrading to 22in wheels as well.

Inside, features include various aluminium components, scuff plates with a backlit Brabus logo that changes colour in sync with the colours of the ambient interior lighting, and interior carbonfibre components which replace the production wood inlays and trim strips.

The Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo Cabrio is on sale now. Alternatively, owners of Mercedes-AMG S 63 convertibles can have their cars upgraded to 850 specification. Pricing is yet to be confirmed.

Hannah Thomson

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20 June 2016
Isn't it about time that Brabus updates their logo / badging.

Undoubtedly an impressive car and one you'd want to show off to all your mates but the great big "B" slapped on the nose looks cheap and slightly tacky.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

20 June 2016
Isn't it about time that Brabus updates their logo / badging.

Undoubtedly an impressive car and one you'd want to show off to all your mates but the great big "B" slapped on the nose looks cheap and slightly tacky.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

20 June 2016
TegTypeR wrote:

Isn't it about time that Brabus updates their logo / badging.

Undoubtedly an impressive car and one you'd want to show off to all your mates but the great big "B" slapped on the nose looks cheap and slightly tacky.

Aren't Brabus's supposed to be tacky though? lol

20 June 2016
superstevie wrote:
TegTypeR wrote:

Isn't it about time that Brabus updates their logo / badging.

Undoubtedly an impressive car and one you'd want to show off to all your mates but the great big "B" slapped on the nose looks cheap and slightly tacky.

Aren't Brabus's supposed to be tacky though? lol

Absolutely not, think of Brabus (not the smart versions, the real ones) as a more extreme version of BMW's Alpina brand.

21 June 2016
It's a rodded Mercedes-Benz.

20 June 2016
So not me.

tlb

21 June 2016
But wouldn't a more appropriate comparison be the S65 - or are Brabus planning to "rod" one of those as well?!

21 June 2016
Alpinas are so much more tasteful than this tacky rubbish. Something for the aesthetically challenged to park next to their Kahn Range Rover I suppose.

 

21 June 2016
It's not the power/torque,it's the biological connection pressing the pedal!,if you have the cash you can just about buy what you like,not many vendors will ask,what have you driven before today?,even if they do,someone will source your hearts desire,so,it's quite possible an inexperienced Driver might decide to buy a Car like this,maybe mandatory advanced driving sessions would be a good idea,i'd consider it.

Peter Cavellini.

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