BRABUS Refines the new Mercedes SLR RoadsterIs it possible to make a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster even more exclusive and individual? BRABÚS (www.brabus.com) proves that the topless Mercedes supercar can be made even sportier and more exciting wîth its sophisticated customization program.
To give the two-seater even more striking looks while at the same time minimizing lift on the front axle, the BRABÚS designers have developed a front spoiler that attaches to the production bumper. The spoiler is made from exposed carbon fiber and its shape was fine-tuned in the wind tunnel. It is especially lightweight and extremely tough. A corresponding BRABÚS rear diffuser made from exposed carbon fiber can replace its production counterpart.
The sporty BRABÚS outfit for the SLR Roadster is dominated by BRABÚS Monoblock VI 20-inch wheels that fill the wheel houses perfectly. The fully polished multi-piece wheels feature six double spokes and are mounted on the sports car in size 9.5Jx20 in front and size 11.5Jx20 on the rear axle. High-performance tires in sizes 255/30 ZR 20 and 305/25 ZR 20 are supplied by BRABÚS technology partners Pirelli and YOKOMAMA. This low-profile tire/wheel combination is custom-tailored for the SLR coupe and roadster and benefits not only the car's appearance but also its handling.
Thus equipped the topless SLR is ready for some additional power provided by BRABÚS engine tuning. The power tuning for the supercharged 5.5-liter (335.5 cu. in.) engine consists of special camshafts, a fuel cooling system and a high-performance exhaust. With BRABÚS tuning, power output of the V8 compressor engine increases by 24 hp (23 hp SAE net) / 18 kW to 650 hp (641 hp SAE net) / 478 kW at 6,500 rpm.
BRABÚS also offers a special clutch-type limited-slip differential wîth a locking rate of 40 percent. It further optimizes traction and improves acceleration performance of the super sports car. The tuned roadster sprints to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 337 km/h (209 mph).
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|Engine : 5.5 L., 8-cylinder|
Power: 650 hp
Torque: 575 ft-lbs
Precision handwork down to the last detail characterizes the exclusive BRABÚS interior design for the two-seater. The company-own upholstery shop specializes in fulfilling just about any request from discriminating SLR owners when it comes to customizing the interior. That includes a multitude of leather types and colors as well as custom upholstery designs.
An unusual BRABÚS specialty is the waffle-patterned leather carpeting in the SLR's footwells. Some 7,800 meters (25,600 feet) of the finest thread are sewn wîth utmost precision for it alone.
A sporty and functional BRABÚS option is the ergonomically shaped sport §teering wheel that is flattened on the bottom for markedly easier entering and exiting of the vehicle. The §teering wheel features integrated buttons for manual shifting of the SLR's automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)
Sporty BRABÚS carbon-fiber applications for dashboard, center console and door trim transfer the racing look of the BRABÚS body components into the interior. The exposed carbon-fiber trim can be color-coordinated wîth the leather color of the interior.