Hyundai’s Equus flagship sedan is, so far, the only car on the market that offers an iPad as standard equipment. If you want an iPad to control the in-car entertainment system, though, we have another vehicle suggestion.
We’re talking about the Brabus 800 iBusiness 2.0, a car that’s based on the 12-cylinder Mercedes-Benz S600 or S65 AMG. Thanks to the car’s 788 horsepower and electronically limited 847 pound-feet of torque, 0-62 mph is completed in 3.9 seconds.
Since the Brabus-based S-Class has the iPad 2 with integrated cameras, it might just be possible to have a video conference while approaching the claimed 219-mph top speed. With the car’s available two twin iPad 2s — mounted on the back of the front seats with an adjustable tabletop for the keyboard — and the 15.2-inch TFT display between the two rear seats, why would you ever leave your car?
Backseat passengers can control all of the car’s functions thanks to the iPad’s WiFi connection to a Mini Mac that’s mounted in the trunk. For those rare times when the car isn’t parked near a valet, the iPads can be hidden from sight in the center console, where a docking station recharges the batteries.
Brabus has also outfitted the car with a 64-GB iPod and high-speed USB ports in the rear compartment. When you’re done using the Internet, you can relax while you watch TV (digital television signals received via DVBT).
Power-operated curtains provide additional privacy for rear seat passengers, who can enjoy the optional Brabus Yachting wood-trim package. The hand-created wood-trim pieces have the look and feel of a miniature ship veneer, Brabus says. Lots of leather and Alcantara fill the interior, and we’re sure the company would be happy to build a vehicle to your specifications including a choice of 19- to 21-inch wheels. While Brabus would probably prefer that its customers order an 800 iBusiness 2.0 model, the iBusiness 2.0 can be fitted into any S-Class.
If you had the choice, would you rather have the technology-filled Brabus-based S-Class shown here or an exclusive Maybach sedan? Tell us what you’d go for in the comments section below.