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Over the past three decades BRABUS has perfected the art of transplanting large and extremely powerful engines into the bodies of small cars. That path led to numerous world records and entries into the Guinness Book of World Records. The BRABUS BULLIT, built in small-series production based on the new Mercedes C-Class sedan, celebrates its world debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show 2007 as the ultimate wolf in sheep’s clothing.
At the heart of this super saloon BRABUS placed an engine originally designed for the world’s fastest sedan, the BRABUS ROCKET. The implantation of the 6.3L powerhouse into the confines of the W 204 series body is yet more proof for the superiority of BRABUS know-how.
The BRABUS SV12 S Biturbo engine is produced entirely in-house in the state-of-the-art BRABUS engine building shop. Displacement increase to 6.3L with special crankshaft plus longer stroke, enlarged cylinder bore with corresponding larger pistons. Both cylinder heads feature flow-optimized ports and special camshafts. Two high-performance turbochargers with special exhaust manifolds; more efficient intercooling system and BRABUS stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system with low-back-pressure metal catalysts. Newly programmed mapping for engine electronics and on-board diagnostics made these all possible.
The turbocharged twelve-cylinder engine – lubricated like all BRABUS high-performance engines with ARAL Synthetic motor oil – delivers 730ps (720hp) / 537kW of superlative power and 1,320Nm (974 lb-ft) of superlative peak torque. The latter is limited electronically in-car to 1,100Nm (811 lb-ft).
Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a massively modified five-speed automatic transmission and a BRABUS rear locking differential with a locking rate of up to 40 percent. It is available with two different final drive ratios.
The performance figures for the BRABUS BULLIT is ultimate in its class: The executive rocket sprints from 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds, reaches 200 km/h (124 mph) after just 10.49 seconds and shatters the 300-km/h (186 mph) barrier after a mere 24.5 seconds. Top speed is more than 360 km/h (224 mph). There are only a very few super sports cars in the world that can hope to match these numbers.
Such performance places special demands on aerodynamic properties, suspension and brakes. Its extra-muscular body was optimized for runs beyond 300 km/h (186mph) in the wind tunnel. Those aggressive arches make room for especially wide BRABUS wheels and YOKOHAMA ADVAN high-performance tyres. The BULLIT runs on size 9.5Jx19 BRABUS Monoblock S light-alloy wheels and size 265/30 ZR 19 tyres on the steering axle. The rear axle features 10Jx19 wheels with size 285/30 ZR 19 tyres.
The suspension too was custom-developed to handle super-power and the weight of the twin-turbo V12 engine. The sporty yet comfortable height-adjustable BRABUS coil-over suspension features ten selectable settings each for bound and rebound, and ensures safe handling in all driving situations. Sport sway bars reduce body roll during fast cornering to a minimum.
The BRABUS high-performance brake system can handle even the most extreme stress. It features 12-piston aluminium fixed calipers on the front axle that grip vented and grooved 380 x 37 mm (15 x 1.46 inches) brake discs. The rear axle stops with 360 x 28 mm (14.2 x 1.1 inches) discs and six-piston aluminium fixed calipers.