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2007-05-16 09:23
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Brabus
Model SV12 S Biturbo
Engine 6.3-litre V12 turbo
Power 537 kW
Torque 1 320 Nm
German based Mercedes-Benz tuning specialists, Brabus, have unveiled their outrageous interpretation of the CL 600, a 537 kW Biturbo SV12 S.

Using the spectacularly swift standard CL 600 as a point of departure, Brabus engineers have extensively modified both drivetrain and aerodynamics to the point of lunacy.

The tuner also claims it is the world's "fastest coupe". The standard 5.5-litre V12 has been bored and stroked to increase capacity to 6.3-litres with the cylinder head receiving extensive precision machining to increase flow efficiency as well as rolling new camshafts.

Subtotal of the abovementioned engineering trickery is a monumental power hike to 537 kW at 5100 r/min, and a battleship like torque curve peaking with 1320 Nm at 2100 r/min. Rotational force is so severe in fact, an electronic torque limiter has been fitted and calibrated to allow only 1100 Nm of maximum useable torque to power the drivetrain.

Barely coping with transferring the avalanche of power is a modified five-speed automatic transmission. A rear differential lock is fitted to keep the SV12S pointing somewhat in the intended direction when all 537 kW are released through the rear wheels.

Performance figures are resolutely epic. Mash the accelerator pedal to the firewall and four seconds later you would have dispatched the 0-100 km/h sprint. Keep going and within 11.9 seconds from standstill 200 km/h has come and gone. Claimed topspeed is a stupefying 340 km/h.

Aerodynamic efficiency is paramount to stability and key to safety at such rarified speeds. The sophisticated shape of the Brabus front apron reduces lift on the front axle and improves engine and front brake cooling due to its large air inlet.

Further adding to stability and the aesthetic appeal of the SV12S are a choice of Brabus Monoblock light-alloy wheels with diameters of 18, 19, 20 or 21 inches. The largest tire/wheel combination features Brabus Monoblock VI and E wheels in sizes 9Jx21 in front and 10.5Jx21 on the rear axle.

The largest corresponding tires are size 265/30 ZR 21 in front and size 295/30 ZR 21 in the rear. Brabus recommends using Pirelli and Yokohama high-performance tires.

Reigning in the manic SV12S is an optional front 380 x 36 mm disc and 12-piston aluminum fixed calipers brake option. The rear arrangement features 355 x 28 mm discs and six-piston aluminum fixed calipers.

As befitting any Brabus, an array of customized interior trim options are available on request.


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