If you know anything at all about Brabus, if you’ve ever even heard the name way off in the distance, literally nothing about the new Rocket 900 Cabriolet will surprise you. Unless you have amnesia, in which case, I’m sorry. But please, do keep reading.
I’m not going to beat around the bush: by enlarging the bore, enlarging the turbos, changing the ECU, and upgrading the exhaust manifold, the Brabus Rocket 900 Cabriolet makes 887 horsepower and 1,106 lb-ft of torque. This thing is closer to a train engine than a car.
V12 Mercs have always had a lot of torque. Jeremy Clarkson lost a tug-of-war challenge with a CL65 against eight burly men on Top Gear because the car was simply incapable of handling its 738 lb-ft of twist. But 1,106 lb-ft? That’s ridiculous. Those are Bugatti numbers. Those are Koenigsegg numbers. From a four-seater convertible whose base price is less than a tenth of either of those. There are wind turbines with less torque than this.
This news comes in tandem with an announcement from Mercedes that this generation of S-Class Coupe is now obsolete, and that the updated version will take the stage sometime in 2018. Oops. The new S-Class Coupes have only a few minor changes, though, the most notable of which being a couple new trim levels below the S63 and S65, as well as the controversial Panamericana grille, slightly fussy new taillights, and that weird steering wheel that debuted on the 2018 S-Class.
The Rocket 900 Cabriolet does 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, despite upgrades to the transmission and the addition of a limited-slip differential. This is likely due to a combination of factors stemming from the fact that this is still a four-seat convertible that weighs more than Amalthea, the third-closest moon of Jupiter. Nevertheless, you’ll be able to surprise quite literally anything else on the road short of a hypercar, given that it’s capable of a whopping 217 mph.
You’d probably win the tug-of-war with this one.