If Brabus were to write a James Bond novel, it would probably be called The Horsepower is Not Enough. The German tuner specializes in taking high-performance Mercedes-Benz cars and given them far greater levels of performance than the factory ever intended. Brabus’ latest target is the Mercedes-AMG GT S, which the German tuner has morphed into a 591-hp monster.
Just as we saw on the Mercedes-AMG C63 S, Brabus starts by retuning the AMG GT S’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo engine. Output rises from the stock ratings of 503 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque to a claimed 591 hp and 553 lb-ft. That’s enough, Brabus says, to slice the GT’s 0-to-62-mph sprint to just 3.6 seconds, while also raising the car’s top speed to 201 mph. Despite all that extra performance, Brabus says its tuned version of the Mercedes-AMG GT S engine still meets European emission regulations.
To help drivers further appreciate the performance of their tuned Mercedes-AMG GT S, Brabus also installs a new titanium quad-exhaust that is said to be 40 percent lighter than the stock system. As in the C63, Brabus offers the exhaust with a “coming home” button that reduces the car’s exhaust volume so as not to annoy your neighbors.
Other enhancements include a new front fascia with a splitter and LED running lights, a new diffuser and rear spoiler, and new Brabus-designed wheels measuring 20 inches in front and 21 inches in back. Brabus suspension springs also lower the Mercedes-AMG GT S by 0.6 inch. Inside, look for new aluminum shift paddles, illuminated doorsill plates, and various leather and Alcantara trim pieces.
Although pricing has yet to be announced, getting a Brabus-tuned Mercedes-AMG GT S requires deep pockets: The standard car alone starts at a cool $129,925 in the U.S.