• Apr 13, 2010

Brabus Vanish – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series doesn't leave much room for improvement. It hardly even leaves you with enough time, in fact, to say its name in full before it's already up to highway speeds from a standstill. It runs the 0-62 mph sprint in 3.8 seconds, passes 124 in 11 flat and tops out just under 200 miles per hour. Short of the SLR McLaren and the newer SLS AMG, the Black Series is the fastest roadcar Mercedes has ever made. But one customer in Dubai wasn't satisfied. So neither was Brabus.

The quintessential Benz tuner fitted the client's matte Black with bigger turbos, a new gearbox, bigger brakes and a new exhaust. The result is a 130-horsepower boost from the stock 670hp twin-turbo V12 for a total of 800. Brabus calls it the Vanish, which is probably just about right. For our part, we'll give kudos where kudos are due to the owner who went with a decidedly more understated look than the typical Dubai'd out gold-chrome Benzes we've come, however lamentably, to expect.



[Source: TopSpeed via eMercedes-Benz]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      "007. Aston Martin calls this the Vanquish. We call it the Vanish..."

      That's the first thing that came to my mind lol.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It must be pushing 900lb/ft of torque with that kind of hardware. Fourth gear wheelspin!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love the car hate the hood bulge. I was going o buy it but now I am going to hold off. :-)
        • 4 Years Ago
        That was part of the joke.... Cars a little out of reach even if it was available.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not like you had a choice, one off custom.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The hood bulge is to protect Superman from Kryptonite...

      or

      It's a new style, stealth satellite dish

      OR

      it's a hat.

      --RS
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can't believe those guys strapped the car down like that...

      http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2010/04/brabus-vanish-99.jpg

      That is a HUGE NO NO!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Darkness everybody! Darkness is spreading!
      • 4 Years Ago
      At least the interior isn't horrid. I actually liked the car until the hood bulge.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes. "Understated." Just what I was thinking.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So 800hp will get you to 62mph in 3.8 seconds.

      A 500hp 997 911 turbo will shave more than have a second off of that for less, will probably out-handle it, & doesn't come with a ridiculous looking hood buldge.
        • 4 Years Ago
        But, but, it has a cool name!

        /sarcasm
        • 4 Years Ago
        Andre: when you start blabbing about knowing intimate knowledge of what affects performance and start throwing out those factors, which some don't make sense (i will explain), it is easy to think you have just "thrown out numbers" for performance figures, which you have. I couldn't direct you to a better source, Porsche's very own website.

        the facelift as you call it, is also known as the 997.5 or 997 Gen II, and prob another one.

        since you're so specific with the stats, it's easy to say that you are wrong. the 911 Turbo has a 0-60 time of 3.7 sec (directly from Porsche's website). there isn't a 2010 911 Turbo S, it is a 2011 model, released in 2010. you are correct that it does have a 0-60 time of 3.3 sec.... but if your reply you never mentioned why you said this was "more than half a second" faster than 3.8 sec. giving you the benefit of the doubt, i'll assume you failed math in high school.

        yes i agree, Porsche is also a manufacturer who underestimates their performance figures, like EVERY other performance manufacturer in the 21st century.

        with regard to your "conditions" affecting performance... i can tell you don't know much about what you're talking about. performance has nothing to do with elevation. a car at 3000 ft could outperform a car at sea level. it has to do with your "density altitude". altitude and elevation mean two different things. an altitude fluctuates, where as, an elevation remains constant. the elevation of mt everest is constant, however the density altitude or pressure altitude of mt everest vary from day to day. now, density alt has two factors, temperature and pressure. higher temp or lower pressure both decrease performance. therefore, it is possible to have a relatively low temp and high pressure at 3000 ft resulting in a density alt of 1000 ft, and having a relatively high temp and low pressure at sea level resulting in a density alt of 1500 ft. in that case, the car at 3000 ft will outperform the same car at sea level. regarding humidity... a higher humidity can actually decrease OR increase an engine's performance, depending on what type of forced induction if any, and what type of engine it is. it's obvious you didn't know that either, since it has more than one factor you would have mentioned it if you knew.

        no it doesn't really have to do with tarmac temp, it's more to do with temp of tires. and no it doesn't really have to do with driver weight or fuel weight, it has to do with their POSITION!... as for weight it has to do with the car's weight. position is big factor as the car has to be properly balanced, even for straight line acceleration.

        Cheers!
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you really want to get into specifics, there is no such thing as a 997.5. The current chassis is the same one that has been around since '05. It's a 997.
        It is considered a 2nd generation because of the facelift, but the designation is the same.

        The 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo has a mfr claimed 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds with manual transmission & 3.4 w/ Sport Chrono Plus package.
        The 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo "S" has a mfr claimed 0-60 time of 3.3 w/ PDK

        That being said, those are all "Manufacturer's Claims" and like most of us know, Porsche has a history of being very conservative with their performance figures.
        I've heard about new Turbo S' being tested and able to reach 60mph in 2.8 seconds.

        Of course that all depends on many conditions including, tempurature, humidity(especially on a turbocharged engine), elevations, track/tarmac temp, driver weight, amount of fuel(weight), tire pressure, etc, etc.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "shave more than HALF a second"

        dammit AB, put in an edit option!
        • 4 Years Ago
        also.. the 997.5 Turbo S has 530hp... the 997.5 Turbo has 500hp and it's 0-60 time is 3.7 sec.
        • 4 Years Ago
        actually the best 911 Turbo will shave ONLY half a second off, not more than half a second. and that 911 Turbo is the 997.5 Turbo S that JUST got released.

        very specific but i think it should be mentioned.

        and yes the 3.8 is for the "stock" Black Series... this Vanish model prob has it down to around 3.5... I don't think it could best the 997.5 Turbo S's 3.3 sec 0-60. It has so much power that it's difficult to control, especially since it's rear wheel drive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves

        No, 0-60 in 3.8 for the "stock" Black Series. There isn't a figure given for the boosted Brabus. Regardless, I'd imagine the people looking at one of these cars isn't necessarily cross-shopping with 911 Turbos.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just a evil looking car, kind looks like it could be in a batman movie.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if it absorbs speed-enforcment radar.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Smoke the lights and get rid of that bulge.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. A light, matte-smoking of the lights should have been done. They tinted the windshield though, which is fricken awesome!
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