BRABUS 500 debuts as fully tuned 2021 Mercedes S-Class

BRABUS has lifted the curtains on what we think is perhaps one of the most evil iterations of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class we’ve ever seen, the BRABUS 500.

In stock form, the W223 seventh-generation Mercedes-Benz S 500 is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine that creates 320kW and 520Nm, hooked up to a 48-volt mild-hybrid system providing 16kW and 250Nm. It offers a dashing 0-100km/h claim of just 4.9 seconds.

BRABUS, however, believes those figures aren’t nearly enough, and has thrown a B50 – 500 PowerExtra ECU system into the S 500 that has unleashed the true potential of the Mercedes unit.

Thanks to tweaks such as custom injection and ignition mapping, and increased turbo boost pressure, the S 500’s power output is increased to 368kW, with 590Nm of torque on offer. This results in a 0-100km/h sprint time of just 4.7 seconds.

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Other special touches packaged into the US$350,000 (about AU$450,000) BRABUS 500 include a set of 21-inch BRABUS Monoblock M Platinum Edition forged alloy wheels, front spoiler, tweaked air intakes, LED side lights, revised rear styling, black-chrome exhaust pipes, and a naked carbon fibre rear spoiler. The interior is dressed in contrasting black-and-white finishes.

Keeping in mind this is BRABUS’ treatment for the six-cylinder S 500 variant, it will be interesting to see what the renowned German tuner comes up with for the 463kW Mercedes-Maybach S 680. We’ll keep our eyes peeled.

Alexi is a contributing news journalist and junior road tester at PerformanceDrive. He has a passion and appreciation for the engineering in cars, as well as new technologies that lessen the impact on the environment. His dream cars are an M3 to drive to work, and a LaFerrari for the weekend.