Lunatic German Mercedes tuner, Brabus, have nabbed a world-record limousine top-speed run of 330.6 km/h set on the high-speed test track in Nardo, Italy.
Powered by a 537kW SV12 S Biturbo engine, this Maybach 57 is the world's fastest and most exclusive ultra-luxury sedan.
Brabus engineers and test drivers have subsequently bested their own record set in 2005 when a Maybach 57 powered by a BRABUS SV 12 Biturbo engine with only 471 kW on tap was clocked at 314 km/h.
The SV12 S Biturbo evolution of the 6.3-liter displacement engine was originally developed for the Brabus Rocket, a four-door car based on the Mercedes CLS series. In October of 2006 it set a speed record for street-legal sedans of 365.7 km/h, a record that still stands today.
Enabling the Maybach 12-cylinder engine to boost power from a standard 405 kW to 537 kW Brabus followed its traditional engineering imperative of increasing engine displacement.
Brabus engineers developed a special crankshaft with longer stroke, precision-balanced piston rods and larger pistons to account for the increased cylinder bore. Subsequently displacement grew from the standard swept capacity of 5.5- to 6.3-litres.
The inner workings of the engine were modified with precision-machined cylinder heads and special camshafts. Whilst engine peripherals were tuned for more power with the help of a high-performance turbocharging system with special manifolds, two larger turbochargers, more efficient intercoolers, and a stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system with metal catalysts.
Custom-programmed engine electronics coordinate the perfect interaction of all these high-performance components and ensures the engine even meets stringent EURO IV emission limits despite its extreme engineering and performance.
The standard 250-km/h speed limiter is also eliminated. The peak torque of 1,320 Nm is limited by the engine electronics to 1,100 Nm in the interest of transmission operational life.
The enormous power of the Brabus SV 12 S Biturbo engine is transferred to the rear wheels via a reinforced five-speed automatic transmission. For the lubrication of the entire drivetrain Brabus has relied exclusively on ARAL high-performance lubricants.
The top speed of 330.2 km/h places enormous demands on tires and wheels which necessitated Brabus suspension engineers to develop forged 21-inch Brabus Monoblock VI light-alloy wheels specifically for the Maybach.
The fully polished multi-piece wheels with six double spokes perfectly fill the space beneath the wheel arches. They are mounted in size 9.0Jx21 in front with size 275/40 R 21 tires, and in size 10.5Jx21 with size 315/35 R 21 tires on the rear axle.
For further increased driving safety the Brabus air-suspension module lowers the ride height by some 15 millimeters (0.6 inches) without compromising the unique ride comfort.
Bespoke and Digitally active interior
Brabus offers exclusive custom-tailored interiors and state-of-the-art multimedia technology for all Maybach models. Owners of the luxury sedan can choose from the finest leathers and Alcantara in any desired color and design.
The Brabus development team also created additional interesting features for the standard entertainment system of the Maybach. The 16:9 flat screens integrated into the back of the front seats measure 15.2 inches in the Brabus version (standard: 9 inches). An additional 6-disc DVD changer rounds out the Brabus multimedia package for the Maybach.
A wireless keyboard and wireless optical gyro mouse make operating the computer easy and convenient. A USB 2.0 port, stylishly integrated into the center console, allows connecting external electronic equipment such as printer or a digital camera.
To remain online even when outside the vehicle the Brabus communications specialists have integrated a high-tech notebook computer in an electrically operated drawer in the trunk. This computer is connected to the computer network of the vehicle via W-LAN.