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Brabus GmbH
Founded1977; 45 years ago (1977)
FoundersBodo Buschmann
Klaus Brackmann
HeadquartersBottrop, Germany
Area served
Key people
Constantin Buschmann (CEO)
SubsidiariesStartech (CRD)

Brabus GmbH (stylized in uppercase) is a German high-performance automotive aftermarket tuning company founded in 1977 in Bottrop (Ruhr area). Brabus specialises in Mercedes-Benz, Maybach and Smart vehicles, although in 2022 it also tuned two Porsches and even a Rolls-Royce. Brabus is the largest Mercedes-Benz tuner after Mercedes-AMG, a subsidiary of the Mercedes-Benz Group since the 1990s.


The company began with Bodo Buschmann wanting to customise his cars, but discovered most existing customisers could not grasp his vision or meet his requirements, so he decided to start his own brand. After Buschmann had decided to start his own brand, Brabus GmbH was originally registered in 1977 in West Germany with Buschmann's friend Klaus Brackmann because German law required a company must be established with at least two people. The company name was derived from the first three characters of the founders' surnames (Brackmann, Buschmann). Following the company's foundation, Brackmann did not show interest in modifying vehicles or running a business, so he sold his company shares to Buschmann for 100 euros.[1]

In 2012, Brabus had started building its third factory in Bottrop.[2]


Brabus's primary focus is to achieve maximum car performance through the increase of horsepower and movement. Customers can either buy cars from Brabus, or send in their cars to be customized and/or overhauled. Customers ordering a car directly involves Brabus purchasing a particular model from Mercedes and then modifying it according to the customer's requests. Brabus is known for providing expensive tuning.

Brabus also offers cosmetic modifications including low profile spoilers, body kits, carbon fiber splitters, and multi-piece alloy wheels. Other upgrades include racing LSDs, open racing exhaust systems, twelve-piston disc brakes, and engine remapping. Customers can also have complete engine overhauls, or have new crate engines from AMG modified for them.

Brabus engines range from small 200 horsepower (150 kW) K4 blocks for SLK roadsters and CLK-Class to the 900 horsepower (670 kW) twin-turbo blocks for the S-Class.[3] The company also provides improvements to the interior from custom upholstery, gauges, shiftknobs, pedals, and trim to various electronics such as wider LCD screens for the Maybach.


  • smart-BRABUS GmbH: It is a 50-50 joint venture of Daimler AG and BRABUS GmbH, founded in 2001.[4][5]
  • BRABUS Classic: It is a dealer and restorer of older Mercedes-Benz automobiles.
  • BRABUS Service GmbH: It is an authorized Mercedes-Benz service partner of Daimler AG.
  • BRABUS Yachting: It is a boats and ships customizer.
  • BRABUS automotive GmbH: It is a concept vehicle developer. The production facility was in a new plant erected in 2014.
  • CRD Car Research & Development GmbH & Co. KG: A developer and producer of special model series and accessories concepts for automobile manufacturers from around the world. It also develops and executes professional marketing strategies to market these components and cars.
  • STARTECH: A customizer of Jaguar, Land Rover, and Range Rover automobiles.
  • BRABUS Private Aviation GmbH: An aircraft customizer.
  • BRABUS Japan Inc. (BRABUS JAPAN株式会社): BRABUS GmbH's Asia-Pacific partner, and Japanese importer of BRABUS vehicles.
  • EXE Corporation (株式会社 エクゼ)/BRABUS EXE: Japanese importer of BRABUS vehicle parts.
  • BRABUS International Holdings (HK) Co. Ltd. (巴博斯中国): China importer of BRABUS vehicles.
  • BRABUS USA: Importers of BRABUS vehicles for Canada and the United States.
  • BRABUS Middle East LLC: Based in Dubai, it is a Middle East dealer of BRABUS vehicles.


Brabus models

The company has built special editions of Mercedes-Benz, Maybach, Rolls Royce, Porsche, and Smart vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Brabus W177
Mercedes-Benz A-Class Brabus W177

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Mercedes-Benz CL-Class

  • Brabus SV12 S Coupé (CL 600)
  • Brabus T 13 Coupé (CL 600)
  • Brabus T65S (CL65 AMG)

Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Brabus
Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Brabus

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Brabus W212
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Brabus W212
  • Brabus v8 B11
  • Brabus E V12 (E-class)
  • Brabus E V12T- The Mercedes E-Class Wagon-based V12T utilized a 7.3L V12 from the SL73 AMG roadster, the Brabus Sport Wagon had 582 horsepower and 571 lb⋅ft (774 N⋅m) of torque and would seat seven. Brabus used a Mercedes 5-speed automatic to handle the torque, and with rear-wheel drive, it reached sixty in 4.6 seconds.
  • Brabus Black Baron (E-class)

Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Mercedes-Benz G 3.6
Mercedes-Benz G 3.6
  • Brabus G 3.6 (G-class)
  • Brabus G55 AMG K8
  • Brabus G V12 (G-class)
  • Brabus V12 S (G-class)
  • Brabus 700 G63 AMG 6x6
  • Brabus 800 Widestar (G-class)[7] — Brabus 800 Widestar is powered by a four-liter eight-cylinder twin-turbo engine. The top speed is electronically limited to 240 km. Brabus also offers a separate Widestar body kit that can transform modern G-Class SUVs to the Brabus 800 Widestar model.[8]
  • Brabus 900 G V12

Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class

  • Brabus GLK V8 (GLK-Class) v8 201
  • Brabus GLK V12

Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class

Brabus GLS 850
Brabus GLS 850
  • Brabus GLS 850

Mercedes-Benz ML-Class

  • Brabus ML 63 Biturbo (ML 63)
  • Brabus ML 7.3 (w163) V12- 1998 Guinness world record.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2010 Brabus S-Class
2010 Brabus S-Class
  • Brabus S500 (5.0l V8)
  • Brabus SV12 S Limousine (S)
  • Brabus T 13 Limousine (s 640)
  • Brabus T65S (S65 AMG)
  • Brabus SV12 R (S600) iBusiness (750 hp)
  • Brabus SV12 R (S600) iBusiness/ Limousine (800 hp)
  • Brabus 850 S63 AMG iBusiness/ Limousine (850 hp/1450 Nm)
  • Brabus Rocket 900 (900 hp/1500Nm)

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class, SLK-Class and SLS-Class

Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Brabus
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Brabus
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Brabus (01-08)
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class Brabus (01-08)

The Brabus K8 performance kit for the SL model (SL55) includes modifications to the supercharger incorporating a custom vibration damper and pulley, high-performance metal catalysts, and an auxiliary circulation pump with an opposing radiator. Power is increased from a standard 476 hp (355 kW) to 550 hp (410 kW) at 6,200 rpm. The maximum torque is 780 N⋅m (580 lb⋅ft) at 3,000 rpm. The roadster is claimed to reach 60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.1 seconds, passes 120 mph (190 km/h) after 13.6 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 186 mph (299 km/h).

  • Brabus SV12 S Roadster (SL600)
  • Brabus T 13 Roadster (CL600)
  • Brabus T65S (SL65 AMG)
  • Brabus SL 55 K8 Roadster (SL55)
  • Brabus SL 65 Roadster AMG (SL65 AMG Daniel Madar)
  • Brabus SLK 6.5 (6.5L V8)
  • Brabus SLS 700 BiTurbo

Mercedes-AMG GT

Mercedes-Benz Viano

  • Brabus 6.1 V8 Bi-Turbo (n, hk Viano 3.2 long)


  • Brabus SV12 S (Maybach 57(S) / 62(S))

Smart ForTwo

Smart ForTwo Brabus
Smart ForTwo Brabus
Smart fortwo Edition Red Brabus.jpg
  • Brabus Fortwo Edition Red - 35 Coupé and 15 Cabrio models.

Between 2006 and 2007 Brabus produced and sold 50 Smart Fortwo Edition Red cars for the UK market. All of these vehicles were originally produced with a black Tridion safety cell and black plastic panels, the car was then later repainted at Brabus in (EB6 colour code) Intense Red. The car was built with the usual Brabus additions to the exterior, these being Brabus front grill (with fog lights), Brabus front splitter, Brabus side skirts, black plastic Brabus rear exhaust panel, and 16-inch Brabus Monoblock alloy wheels. These vehicles were always rumoured to be Brabus Nightrun Fortwo's that were later reworked.

The interior was bespoke to this limited run of vehicles. The interior is half leather and half alcantara with red stitching. The seats use the smaller, non-sport foams. This is unusual as all other Brabus 450 Fortwo's use wider sports-style seat foams. The door card inserts are alcantara with leather door pockets with the dashboard finished in alcantara with an aluminium Brabus plaque displayed in the centre. None of these vehicles had heated seats or electric wing mirrors. All Brabus Edition Red Fortwo's are equipped with a 3-spoke steering wheel, bespoke floor mats, air conditioning, CD player, Brabus clock and rev counter, Brabus speedo displaying 120 mph, and all of the removable interior plastics (including door handles and steering wheel trim) repainted in Intense Red to match the exterior.

Designed on the base of the Fortwo Brabus, this limited edition example is powered by a 55kw 3-cylinder turbocharged engine although all of the upgraded hardware is from the 60kw motor with a different tune. Brabus upgrades over a standard 698cc Smart Fortwo include a 60kw camshaft, 60kw yellow Bosch injectors, 60kw turbocharger, 60kw turbo to intercooler pipe (TIK), Brabus branded central twin outlet exhaust with chrome tips, aluminium Brabus intake manifold name plaque and the gearbox from a Smart Roadster (different gear ratios compared with a standard Smart Fortwo).

Smart Roadster

  • Smart Roadster Coupé Racing RCR Edition 50 made by Brabus
  • Smart roadster Brabus (slight hatchback design)
  • Smart roadster-coupe Brabus
  • Smart roadster-coupe Brabus biturbo - 10 made

Smart ForFour

  • Smart forfour Brabus
  • Smart forfour Brabus Hugo Boss special edition - 5 pcs.

Rolls-Royce Ghost


  • In 2006 Brabus Rocket clocked in new record for street-legal sedan at 362.4 km/h (225.2 mph). The Rocket was based on a modified Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class (W219) model.
  • In October 2006 Brabus made another record (for a sedan) with this car at 365.7 km/h (227.2 mph).  The price of the car is 348,000 euros.[10]
  • A world-record speed of 330.6 km/h (205.2 mph) set on the high-speed test track in Nardo, Italy; Brabus added to its extensive collection of automotive records with a Maybach 57 powered by a 730-hp (720 hp SAE net) / 537-kW Brabus SV12 S Biturbo engine(s).
  • In the beginning of 2012, the world's fastest street-legal sedan was a Brabus Rocket 800.[11]

The 2012 Brabus Rocket 800 is powered by a V12 engine rated at 800 hp and 1,420Nm of torque, which has been limited to 1,100Nm. The Brabus Rocket accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph)in 3.7 seconds, 23.8 seconds to 300 km/h (186 mph) and has a top speed of 370 km/h (230 mph).

See also


  1. ^ Oingi, Chen (31 October 2012). "惡魔奔馳秀-Brabus改裝廠巡禮(上)". (in Chinese). Retrieved 17 September 2022.
  2. ^ Automobiltuner Brabus baut drittes Werk in Bottrop
  3. ^ "Geneva Motor Show Preview: The BRABUS G V12 S Biturbo Mercedes-Benz G-Class | eMercedesBenz - The Unofficial Mercedes-Benz Weblog". eMercedesBenz. 2009-02-19. Archived from the original on 2009-04-14. Retrieved 2009-04-29.
  4. ^ Company Overview of smart-Brabus GmbH
  5. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  6. ^ BRABUS Group
  7. ^ "2011 Brabus Mercedes-Benz G-Class 800 Widestar". Retrieved 2011-09-27.
  8. ^ "G800 Brabus Widestar Conversion Kit". Retrieved 8 October 2021.
  9. ^ 2012 Geneva Preview: smart BRABUS electric drive and smart BRABUS ebike
  10. ^ "Brabus Rockets to 366km/h World Record". 2006-11-20. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
  11. ^ Cars encyclopedia Archived April 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine

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