Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG by Brabus
The SLS AMG is already a rare and beautiful interpretation of a great classic. But, should you feel the need for even more individuality, Brabus is ready and waiting. Among the enhancements are aerodynamic components in carbonfibre, ultra-lightweight forged wheels, an electronically adjustable smooth-ride suspension – and, for your acoustic pleasure, a titanium exhaust system with bypass gate.
Brabus is still working on the final tuning of that magnificent 6.3-litre V8 engine, but there’s still plenty to talk about. Such as that remarkable, lightweight exhaust, with its four, slanted tips. The entire system weighs just 12kg (40 per cent less than the production exhaust), while adding an extra 10 horsepower to the engine’s output. Another of the exhaust’s special features is the pneumatic bypass gate, controlled from the cockpit. In normal, or ‘coming home’ mode, it’s quieter than the production exhaust, which will appeal to the neighbours when you’re creeping home late at night. But open the bypass and the full eight-cylinder sound is, not surprisingly, louder and sportier than with the stock system.
Right through the car, the emphasis is on low weight and sublime handling – plus, of course, highly dramatic styling. The Brabus-designed front spoiler reduces lift on the front axle, while lending the SLS an even more striking face; the new air-outlets for the front wings feature blue-illuminated ‘BRABUS’ lettering and, at the rear, cutouts for the four exhaust tips add further cosmetic appeal. Wheels that are 20 inches in diameter at the front – and 21 inches at the rear – add the finishing touch.
Text: Charis Whitcombe
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