Mercedes tuner builds a one-off supercar based on the SL65 AMG Black Series
18 May 2010

Brabus has revealed full details of its 788bhp supercar based on the Mercedes SL65 AMG Black Series.

The Brabus Vanish uses the SL65’s 6.0-litre V12 engine and the 127bhp power hike has been achieved thanks to twin turbochargers and a new hi-tech exhaust system.

A total of 1047lb ft is also produced, although this is electronically limited to 811lb ft. It can get from 0-62mph in 3.6sec and from 0-124mph in just 9.8sec.

Its top speed is 206mph, although this is limited to 200mph for “safety reasons”.

The car is finished in matte black and also finishes black alloy wheels and an all-black interior. Styling changes include new bumpers, side sills and a new bulge in the bonnet to house the larger turbochargers.

Other additions include upgraded brake and suspension systems, while inside it gets new leather sports seats and Alcantara trim.

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18 May 2010

Luuurvely. I'll take mine with a 6 speed sequential box please.

18 May 2010

Limited to 200mph? Yeah cos the extra 6 mph is gonna save your life.......It does look fantastic though. I do love Brabus, if the devil had a car company this would be it...

18 May 2010

Will it have enough traction to put the power down? As the case with most of these type of cars, probably not.

18 May 2010

Certainly not from a standing start. The strength is is overtaking ability, particularly at 100+ MPH on German Autobahns. The opportunity to use such devilish power in the UK will be rare.

[quote BulletTrainMcKane]Will it have enough traction to put the power down? As the case with most of these type of cars, probably not.[/quote]

18 May 2010


Brabus' trump card was always making stock C & E Class cars go stupidly fast and part of the draw was having that performance within a normal car.

The Brabus Vanish is based on a car that is already MAD, so why bother as it won't be noticed as anything different from the car it's based on.

18 May 2010

My car does 0-62 in 2.3 sec, although this is limited to 10 sec by it's weight. It's top speed of 238MPH is similarly limited (for safety reasons) to 125MPH by wind resistance and gearing.

18 May 2010

Seem to remember something like this before, didn't Sutters go to the US and have a go in a simular type of Merc?,and from what i remember it got a good panning then too!

Peter Cavellini.

18 May 2010

Driving on the roads I do, I strongly suspect that all that oomph would translate into nothing more than a twinkling TC light. Pointless, aside from autobahn and willy-waving purposes.

18 May 2010

A good looking car and one that would look good featured in Hollywood films but as others have said it's a little pointless, Brabus have a history of uprating Merc's that struggle to put power down. Having said all that Clarkson will no doubt be thrashing one round the track and I will probably marvel at how well the stig controls all that grunt.

18 May 2010

Very nice.

Can we have it de-limited please.

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