German tuner Brabus one ups Mercedes-Benz’ own CL65 AMG by turning the CL600 into the Brabus 800 Coupe. The luxury coupe has been practically rebuilt at the tuner’s state-of-the-art shop. The car will bow at – where else – the 2011 Dubai Motor Show.
Brabus engineers tore the CL600’s 5.5-liter V-12 apart and fitted it with a longer-stroke crankshaft and larger pistons sitting in enlarged cylinder bores. Displacement has grown to 6.3-liters. The cylinder heads have been massaged to optimize air flow and fuel mixture. The engine is finished with a set of special-grind camshafts.
The factory turbochargers have been replaced with two larger units on custom exhaust manifolds designed by Brabus engineers. The turbine housings are integrated into the custom exhaust manifolds. To most efficiently cool the intake charge, four water-to-air intercoolers are used. Intake air is picked up by carbon-fiber ram-air intake integrated into the hood. Spent gas is expelled through a high-performance stainless-steel exhaust system with high-flow catalytic converters.
The engine and turbo orchestration is controlled by a precision-tuned engine management system for maximum power and emissions compliance – the engine meets current EURO V standards. ARAL supplies the high-performance powertrain’s lubricants. The engine cranks out 800 horsepower at a low 5500 rpm and a massive 1047 pound-feet of torque at 2100 rpm. When fitted in the car, torque is electronically limited to 811 pound-feet.
The engine is backed by a beefed-up old-school five-speed automatic transmission that sends power to a Brabus high-performance limited-slip differential. The factory Mercedes vehicle stability systems remain, but can be switched off with the touch of a button.
So what is 800 horse and 811 pound-feet good for? Brabus claims the 800 Coupe will rip to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds and to 124 mph in a mere 10.3. Top speed is governed at a ridiculous 217 mph.
The German tuner didn’t neglect its stopping ability either. The 800 Coupe has been fitted with vented and drilled 16-inch front rotors and 15-inch rear rotors squeezed by six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers, respectively. The Brabus high-performance brake system hides behind the tuner’s monoblock wheels in a choice of 18- to 22-inch sizes. The car hunkers down on the rims thanks to the Brabus ride-height lowering module that is tuned for the extreme low-profile rubber and lowers the coupe one inch.
The car has been fitted with several aerodynamic aides including a front spoiler, rear deck-lid spoiler, and rear lower fascia insert that features a central reflector and cutouts for the quad exhaust tips. Body add-ons were tested in a wind tunnel.
The 800 Coupe is painted Diamond-White Metallic. Inside the luxury coupe’s white leather and black Alcantara have contrasting seams and diamond-pattern topstitching. A new ergonomic sport steering wheel join Brabus scuff plates with backlit logo, aluminum pedals, foot rest and shifter. Carbon-fiber pieces and “checkered flag” matte surfaces finish off the interior upgrades.
The Brabus 800 Coupe can be ordered complete or you can have you current-generation CL600 retrofitted with the complete treatment. The price for this upgrade was not officially announced, but you can expect a hefty premium over the “standard” CL 600’s approximately $160,000 sticker.