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Brabus turns up the wick on AMG GT S

Brabus' engineers have developed a plug-and-play control module for the GT S that bumps peak power up to 600 hp
Brabus' engineers have developed a plug-and-play control module for the GT S that bumps peak power up to 600 hp
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With just a small ECU tweak, Brabus has unleashed an extra 90 hp
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With just a small ECU tweak, Brabus has unleashed an extra 90 hp
There are lots of little touches with the Brabus logo around the cabin
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There are lots of little touches with the Brabus logo around the cabin
The car's carbon fiber and stainless steel kickplates are backlit
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The car's carbon fiber and stainless steel kickplates are backlit
Brabus has fitted a carbon fiber rear spoiler to create downforce at high speed
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Brabus has fitted a carbon fiber rear spoiler to create downforce at high speed
In the tuning world, the Brabus badge is worth its weight in gold
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In the tuning world, the Brabus badge is worth its weight in gold
Brabus' titanium exhaust system is 40 kg lighter than the system on the standard GT S
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Brabus' titanium exhaust system is 40 kg lighter than the system on the standard GT S
Buyers are able to choose between gloss carbon, matte carbon and body color for the aero add-ons
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Buyers are able to choose between gloss carbon, matte carbon and body color for the aero add-ons
Carbon is all over the Brabus GT S 600
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Carbon is all over the Brabus GT S 600
Brabus' monoblock wheels save weight and look fantastic
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Brabus' monoblock wheels save weight and look fantastic
The vent behind the front fenders is bigger on the GT S 600 than on standard AMG GTs
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The vent behind the front fenders is bigger on the GT S 600 than on standard AMG GTs
Although it might be a Mercedes, Brabus has worked hard to put its own stamp on the GT S
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Although it might be a Mercedes, Brabus has worked hard to put its own stamp on the GT S
The Brabus' front end has been designed to more effectively provide downforce and cool the engine than the standard design
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The Brabus' front end has been designed to more effectively provide downforce and cool the engine than the standard design
The GT S' shapely rear haunches have been helped by Brabus' styling changes
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The GT S' shapely rear haunches have been helped by Brabus' styling changes
Wider tires are another part of the Brabus upgrades to the GT S
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Wider tires are another part of the Brabus upgrades to the GT S
Brabus' engineers have developed a plug-and-play control module for the GT S that bumps peak power up to 600 hp
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Brabus' engineers have developed a plug-and-play control module for the GT S that bumps peak power up to 600 hp
With 600 hp, the Brabus GT S 600 will hit 325 km/h
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With 600 hp, the Brabus GT S 600 will hit 325 km/h
Brabus' changes have given the AMG GT S a more sinister, aggressive stance
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Brabus' changes have given the AMG GT S a more sinister, aggressive stance
Brabus have dropped the car by 15mm to work well with the new wheels and tires
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Brabus have dropped the car by 15mm to work well with the new wheels and tires
The Brabus might be up on power, but is still backed by a factory warranty
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The Brabus might be up on power, but is still backed by a factory warranty
Thanks to a bi-modal exhaust, you can enjoy the sound of the V8 on the move without waking the neighbors
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Thanks to a bi-modal exhaust, you can enjoy the sound of the V8 on the move without waking the neighbors
The carbon add ons to the GT S give it a more unique, sporty look than the normal AMG model
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The carbon add ons to the GT S give it a more unique, sporty look than the normal AMG model
Brabus' experience in tuning Mercedes is clear - all the add ons look like they could've come from the factory
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Brabus' experience in tuning Mercedes is clear - all the add ons look like they could've come from the factory
Buyers are able to choose almost any combination of trim for the interior
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Buyers are able to choose almost any combination of trim for the interior
Compared to some of Brabus' past efforts, the power increases on the GT S engine aren't all that major
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Compared to some of Brabus' past efforts, the power increases on the GT S engine aren't all that major
No word on the price of the GT S 600, but we do know the car will be launched at Frankfurt
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No word on the price of the GT S 600, but we do know the car will be launched at Frankfurt

A lack of power wouldn't be a criticism you'd level at the Mercedes-AMG range, but as per usual, Brabus has seen room for improvement. The latest vehicle to come in for the company's tuning treatment is the new AMG GT S, which has been given an extra 90 hp (66 kW) and a raft of sinister carbon fiber styling tweaks.

The rationale behind Brabus' changes is simple: "you can never have enough power, especially in a sports car." With this in mind, Brabus' engineers have developed a plug-and-play control module for the GT S that bumps peak power up to 600 hp (441 kW) at 6,400 rpm, with peak torque pegged at 553 lb-ft 750 (Nm).

These gains come from seemingly small tweaks such as new mapping for the fuel injection and ignition, as well as a small increase in boost pressure.

No word on the price of the GT S 600, but we do know the car will be launched at Frankfurt
No word on the price of the GT S 600, but we do know the car will be launched at Frankfurt

Small though they may seem, Brabus' changes to the GT S' twin-turbo V8 are enough to send the car from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.6 seconds on the way to a top speed of 201 mph (325 km/h), which is 11 mph (15 km/h) faster than the standard car.

There have been some styling changes to the GT S, most of which are carbon fiber in nature. At the front of the car, wider air intakes and an upgraded splitter make for a more aggressive face and reduces lift on the front axle, while the vents on the side of the car light up with the Brabus logo in blue when you approach. Down back, Brabus' new rear diffuser features more space for the new titanium exhaust system, as well as creating extra stability at high speeds.

On a purely aesthetic level, the GT S sits on monoblock lightweight wheels wrapped in 275/30R20 tires up front and 305/25R21 tires down back. The car also sits 0.6 in (15 mm) lower on sports springs designed to work in tandem with the new wide tires and big wheels.

Buyers are able to choose between gloss carbon, matte carbon and body color for the aero add-ons
Buyers are able to choose between gloss carbon, matte carbon and body color for the aero add-ons

On the inside, Brabus' designers have fitted the car out with carbon kick plates embedded with a backlit logo, while a special range of trim finishes are available for those who really want to customise their AMG.

One of the big advantages of choosing a Brabus-tuned Mercedes over cars from other tuning houses is the warranty. Even though the GT S 600 is producing more power and running more boost than the standard AMG motor, buyers still get a three year warranty.

The GT S 600 will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, where Gizmag will be on the ground covering the action, so stay "tuned."

Source: Brabus

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