Who needs a V-12?
For almost 20 years Brabus has had quite a bit of fun with four generations of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class AMG models and V-12 engines. They’ve stuffed bored-out V-12 engines and modified them to create utterly ridiculous amounts of power for the mid-size luxury cars, the last being the Brabus E V12 “one of ten” that cranked out an astonishing 800 horsepower. Now, the team is shifting their focus to the 5.5-liter biturbo V-8 powerplants in the E 63 AMG instead of V-12s and have created the Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo monster.
Ridiculous is one word that perfectly describes the new Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo. The amount of power and performance packed into the E 63 AMG is so unnecessary and mind-boggling that it’s in a league of its own – even among supercars and exotics.
The recipe for such a conversation sees the Brabus engineers starting out with a “standard” 5.5-liter biturbo V-8 found in the E 63 AMG. They increase the displacement up to 6.0 liters (361 cu. in.) by increasing the bore by 99 mm and adding in a precision-balanced billet crankshaft with 96 mm stroke. Forged billet pistons and billet piston rods also make an appearance beside flow-optimized cylinder heads. The entire air intake and turbocharger system is built from the ground up. The Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo sports a pair of new turbochargers with larger compressors and manifolds while a Brabus 850 air intake module features a larger air box cross-section to suck in more air. An air duct in the hood helps draw in cool air and uses a pipe positioned by the front bumper to keep that air cool as it travels into the engine. With reducing temperatures being so important, Brabus has covered the intake and charge air pipes with “Gold Heat Reflection” wrapping.
After the fuel and air is combusted, it’s shot out of the new Brabus high-performance exhaust system and its free-flow metal catalytic converters with a hellish sound. Special butterfly valves are integrated into the exhaust and can be controlled by the driver to alter the volume of the exhaust note as it leaves the ceramic-coated tailpipes with cast Brabus logo. Finishing the engine conversion in the Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo is a new engine control management system that accommodates for all of the new upgrades and helps to lay down some serious power.
In total, the Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo can producing an incredible 850 horsepower (838 bhp) at 5,400 RPM and 1,069 lb-ft. of torque from 2,500 to 4,500 RPM. The torque however had to be limited to 848 lb-ft. to reduce stress on the drivetrain and the modified SPEEDSHIFT MCT dual-clutch, seven-speed gearbox.
All that power leads to some serious performance figures as well. The Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo in the rear-wheel drive configuration can reach 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds while its all-wheel drive 4Matic counterpart can do the same sprint in 3.1 seconds. Top speed can be anywhere from 186 mph to 217 mph depending on the tires, final drive ratio, programming, and other factors.
Putting all that power to the road is no easy task. Brabus called upon Pirelli, Continental, and YOKOHAMA to use their specially-designed high-performance tires to do the job. The featured setup includes a set of one-piece Brabus Monoblock F or R wheels in a 9.5J x 20 size with 255/30 ZR 20 front and 295/25 ZR 20 rear tires. Customers can also opt for the Brabus Monoblock R Platinum Edition wheels in a staggered 9.0J x 20 front and 10.5J x 20 rear setup as well.
With the Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo being capable of such high speeds, the team decided to take a trip to the wind tunnel to create some lightweight carbon fiber aerodynamic upgrades to keep the supercar planted. Beneath the front bumper sits a carbon fiber spoiler lip that reduces lift at the front axle. At the rear sits a new diffuser insert with integrated exhaust tips and a trunk spoiler to generate downforce at the rear of the sedan.
Inside, the interior is custom-tailored to each owner. The Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo wears a full handcrafted leather interior in a wide array of color combinations. Drivers also have the added benefit of aluminum shift paddles and Brabus race pedals for a more connected feel.
The Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo can be ordered as a complete car or the German company can convert an existing E 63 AMG model step-by-step. The 850 6.0 Biturbo also comes with a BRABUS Tuning Warranty of three years, up to 100,000 kilometers/62,000 miles. Pricing has not been released.
Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo Specifications
Displacement: 6.0 liters (5,912 cc)
Number of Cylinders: V-8
Maximum Horsepower: 850 / 838 bhp / 625 kW at 5,400 RPM
Maximum Torque: 1,069 lb-ft. / 1,450 Nm (limited to 848 lb-ft. / 1,150 Nm) from 2,500 to 4,500 RPM
-Brabus Turbochargers with special manifolds
-Forged billet pistons
-Billet piston rods
-Optimized cylinder heads
-99 mm bore
-Precision-balanced billet crankshaft with 96 mm stroke
-High-performance exhaust with free-flow metal catalytic converters and integrated butterfly valves
-Ceramic-coated tailpipes with cast Brabus logos
-Brabus 850 air intake module
-New intake manifold pipe
-Intake and charge air pipes with “Gold Heat Reflection” wrapping
Type: Upgraded seven-speed, dual clutch SPEEDSHIFT MCT
Drive: Rear- or all-wheel
Acceleration 0-62 mph: 3.7 seconds (RWD), 3.1 seconds (AWD)
Top Speed: 186 mph (300 km/h) to 217 mph (350 km/h)
Wheels and Tires:
Wheels: Brabus Monoblock R, F, or R “Platinum Edition”
Wheel Size: 9.5 J x 20 (9.0J x 20 front /10.5J x 20 rear with R “Platinum Edition”)
Tires: High-performance Pirelli, YOKOHAMA, or Continental
Tire Size: 255/30 ZR 20 front, 295/25 ZR 20 rear (Monoblock R or F)
-Carbon fiber front spoiler lip
-Carbon fiber rear diffuser
-Carbon fiber trunk spoiler
-Full custom leather and stitching
-Aluminum shift paddles
-Brabus Race pedals
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