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2008-05-08 09:00
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Brabus
Model SL
Engine 4-, 5.5- (twinturbo), 6.2-, 6-litre (twinturbo
Power 244kW, 340kW, 537kW, 415kW, 479kW (526kW)
Torque 420Nm, 615Nm, 1 320Nm,
Brabus has boosted the face lifted SL range with a substantial power hike and typically brusque styling finishes.

In characteristic Brabus fashion the tuning packages for the face lifted SL range orbit primarily on boosting power.

With a combination of increased capacity, performance orientated exhaust systems and remapped engine electronics Brabus technicians and engineers have tinkered monumental power increases from the already powerful range of Mercedes engines.

Power solutions throughout the range

At the bottom of the range there is a 4-litre displacement increase package for both 280 and 350 models. This 4-litre V6 engine conversion produces 244kW and 420Nm, increasing performance remarkably.

Moving up the model range the SL 500 also receives a displacement increase kit, increasing capacity of the multi-valve V8 from 5.5- to 6.1-litres. Power increases in proportions too, up from 285- to 340kW; the torque figure is even fatter, a full 615Nm.

The journeyman 6.2-litre AMG fettled V8 engine which has become a signature Mercedes-Benz performance power plant is employed in the SL for the first time as part of the facelift.

This engine received a new air filter and high-performance catalytic converters which increases power output by 29kW to 415kW from 386kW in stock trim.

Near the top of the engine range is the awesome SL 600 with its turbocharged V12 engine. Brabus have taken the know-how form their Rocket conversion and transposed it to the 5.5-litre V12 engine, increasing capacity to 6.3-litres most of the engine internals completely reworked too.

A reinforced five-speed automatic gearbox and limited slip differential try valiantly to control the 537kW of power and 1 320Nm of torque.

This peak torque figure is so powerful it has to be limited to 1 100Nm in the interest of gearbox and differential operation lifespan. Performance is monumental with a 4-second 0-100km/h sprint and 350km/h top speed.

The big-daddy SL65, with its 6-litre, V12-biturbo engine has two tunings kits available.

A lesser T 12 S kit boosts power by 29kW to 479kW. The T 65 S package though, sees an epic power hike to 526kW and torque increase from 1 000Nm to 1 100Nm.

Styling overtures

Aesthetically the exterior styling additions are all wind-tunnel certified and tested to ensure they serve a dual purpose, enhancing high-speed stability whilst rounding off the SL styling with a hint of aggressive intent.

A front apron replaces the production bumper and features LED daytime running lights as well as auxiliary high beams and fog lamps. Aerodynamically it reduces lift on the front axle at high speeds.

Elegantly shaped rocker panels each have three entrance lights integrated into their underside. The lights are activated with the keyless fob or by pulling on an inside door handle. The LED lights illuminate the ground on either side of the vehicle and help avoid unfortunate missteps into puddles or holes in the dark.

Wheeling along

No Brabus upgrade is complete without a outrageous set of one- or multi-piece Brabus Monoblock light-alloy wheels, which can be mounted on the new roadster in four different designs and with diameters of 17-, 18-, 19- and 20-inches. Pirelli or Yokohama tyres adorn the mags in sizes of 255/30 up front and 305/25.

Although the SL range already sports highly acute handling abilities Brabus has additional suspension solutions available too. For the SL 280 and 350 models with conventional suspension Brabus offers its sport springs.

For all SL models with ABC active suspension there is an electronic module that lowers the ride height by 25mm. Sport sway bars reduce body roll.

Dynamic safety enhancements are available too with an optional high performance brake system featuring vented and cross-drilled front discs measuring 375 x 36mm, and 12-piston fixed callipers. The rear discs measure 355 x 28mm and come with six-piston fixed callipers.

An extensive list of interior options are available too. These include scuff plates with illuminated Brabus-logos, an ergonomically shaped sport steering wheel with shift paddles, and an exclusive Brabus custom interior crafted from an exquisite combination of especially soft yet durable Mastik leather and Alcantara.


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