If you’re playing top trumps of fast cars, you better be owning the Brabus 850 6.0 Biturbo Cabrio as this ludicrous convertible is officially the planet’s fastest production convertible that seats four people.
It is based on the Mercedes-AMG S 63 which is already powered by a twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 petrol engine that churns out 577 hp. The donor car dashes from nought to 100km/h in 4.2 seconds while top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.
The Brabus 850 features a more aggressive looking exterior with carbon-fibre finishes; seen at the front is a wider front grille integrated with a front splitter. At the back houses a rear splitter and a ceramic sports exhaust system. The convertible sits on a set of Brabus’ 21-inch black and red ‘Platinum Edition’ alloy wheels, and the 22-inch is available as an option.
All eyes are obviously pointing at the performance as the engine now liberates 838 hp and 1,150 Nm of torque. The base V8 lump now displaces 5,912cc instead of 5,461cc, and is still twin turbocharged – one on each bank. Brabus says the engine is capable of churning much more torque – a mind bending 1,450 Nm, but this may require more modifications to the drivetrain, so it’s safer to stick with 1,150 Nm. Power is delivered to all four wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission.
The extra 261 hp has certainly paid dividends as 0-100 km/h is now done in 3.5 seconds while top speed is electronically limited to 347 km/h due to tyre limitations. If that’s not enough, the car can return a claimed fuel consumption of 10.5 litres per 100 km.
This mean convertible with the huge “B” emblem at the front was unveiled for the first time at last weekend’s Le Mans 24 hours race and it’s available for sale now. No official pricing is unveiled at this point of time, but judging from the standard AMG S63’s price tag of £134,000 (close to RM800,000 after conversion), expect to part an awful a lot of money for the convertible that may blow the hair of four occupants inside this car.