Brabus will hit the Geneva Motor Show this year with a new car based on the Mercedes-AMG C63 S Cabriolet. The brand is famous for fettling Mercedes cars, and has been doing so for over 40 years. The new model will be called the 650 Cabrio.
The soft-top’s headline upgrade is a revised version of the 4-litre V8 bi-turbo with a power output of 641bhp and peak torque of 604lb ft plateaued across most of the rev range. Brabus has achieved this through replacing the factory AMG turbos for its own units, an ECU upgrade and the fitment of a sports exhaust. Brabus has also removed the 155mph limiter, giving the 650 a 200mph top speed.
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To try and keep the 650 Cabrio relatively sociable during early morning starts, the sports exhaust system employs a series of internal bypass valves, giving it an Aston Martin-style quiet start mode if the driver so wants.
Brabus has also applied its usual array of carbonfibre body upgrades onto the 650, sporting new front and rear bumpers, carbon on the skirts and overlays on the blistered front wheel arches.
Fitted with a set of forged 9 x 20 in front and 10.5 x 20 in rear wheels, they should help reduce un-sprung weight with Brabus specific coil-over suspension working in harmony with adaptive dampers.
Compared to other Brabus models, the 650 Cabrio looks surprisingly restrained and will appeal to those who are after something a little bit more distinctive than a standard C63 S Cabrio.
We will see the car in person at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show next week.