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…It’s Tuner Tuesday: BRABUS V12 Biturbo G-Wagon?

BRABUS V12 Biturbo G-Wagon

The formula isn’t difficult (big vehicle + powerful motor = WIN) and the end result isn’t beautiful, but for BRABUS, they’re hoping that beauty is in the eye (and right foot) of the beholder.

That’s because BRABUS is calling their V12, Biturbo G-Wagon “the world’s most powerful off-roader”, and with 690 hp and 973 lb-ft of torque on tap, I’m inclined to believe them.

BRABUS V12 Biturbo G-Wagon Details

To reach those monster power numbers, they yanked out the stock power plant and replacing it with the V12 from a S600 that was then bored and stroked to a rather healthy 6.3-liter displacement. Add to that mix custom-tailored BRABUS Monoblock wheels, subtle fender flairs, a new suspension, a redone interior, and all of the other bits and pieces that come with a half million dollar redesign, and you’ve got yourself an SUV that will take you to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds with style and luxury to spare.


[Via: Jalopnik]

…The Pagani Zonda R is real?

Pagani Zonda R

Pictures of the mythical Pagani Zonda R have been floating around for some time now, but I was hesitant to post them because they seemed to be just that: mythical, made up of mostly renderings and drawings.

Well thankfully, the Pagani Zonda R is very real and very worthy of its mythical status, and is set to tear up a track near you in the very near future.

Pagani Zonda R Details

Based on the already potent Pagani Zonda F, but with only about 10% carried over from the street going version, the Zonda R manages to improve on every area of the car. With 6.0 liters of Mercedes-Benz V12 on tap producing 750hp and 710Nm of torque, the 2,359 lb race car gets to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds, and tops out at a mind numbingly fast 233 mph.

Pagani Zonda R Interior

If you can see it, it’s either been stripped down, made of carbon fiber, or eliminated, and everything is designed for one goal: Going fast enough to outrun death itself.

Speed and exclusivity definitely don’t come cheap however, as buyers of this ultra-rare uber-car will need to shell out nearly $2 million for the privilege, but if you’ve got the cash, I can’t think of a better way to spend it.


[Via: 0-60 Mag]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: ASMA Perfectus?

ASMA Perfectus SLR

When ASMA Design got their hands on the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722, they created an all-carbon-fiber monster called the Perfectus.

Featuring 700hp, a top speed of 216 mph, highly stylized fender flares that make the car more than 2-meters wide, and one-off ASMA rims, it’s a little extreme for most, but when you’re dealing with the world of tuner supercars, the limits are often pushed beyond belief.

[ASMA Design – Perfectus]

…The Stirling Moss McLaren SLR from Mercedes-Benz is better than a plane?

Stirling Moss

Besides ‘Wow’, I’m having trouble finding words to describe the new McLaren SLR Stirling Moss car that was just announced by Mercedes-Benz.

The car takes the standard SRL chassis, wraps it in a full carbon fiber bodywork, and then transplants in the 650 hp supercharged 5.5-liger V8 and five-speed transmission from the SLR 722.

Stirling Moss Detail

There’s no roof or windscreen, but throw a pair of driving goggles on and you can pretend like you’re driving in the early 1900s. Until of course you test out the specs and find yourself getting to 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds on your way to a top speed of 217 mph of course!

Stirling Moss Swing-Wing

Other features include the drop-dead sexy side exhaust, “Swing-Wing” doors, a retractable air brake that can be manually operated, and a two-piece tonneau cover that covers the whole cockpit, or just the passenger seat if you’re flying solo.

With just 75 of the Stirling Moss being produced, and with a price tag of over a million dollars, it’s definitely sending the SLR out with a bang, and I doubt they’ll have any trouble selling the cars despite an economy that’s dropping faster than the SLR’s laptimes. (Plus, it’s designed to be “a very special thank you to the most loyal of SLR customers, for they are the only ones able to acquire a Stirling Moss”, so you’ve already got to have a $400,000 car in your garage to begin with before even being considered!)

[Via: Autoblog]

…It’s Tuner Tuesday: RENNtech Pikes Peak Rally Racer GLK?

RENNtech Pikes Peak Rally Racer

Every year, SEMA serves as the debut for some of the most outrageous cars and stunning concepts from tuners around the world, and this year, Mercedes-Benz decided to get in on the action with the debut of their new GLK.

One of those GLKs that stormed the SEMA show is this Pikes Peak Rally Racer from RENNtech, and with its inspiration coming from the winged, unlimited-class rally cars of the famed Pikes Peak Hill Climb, it’s no surprise that the styling needed to be kicked up a few notches.

However, beneath the menacing exterior lies a powertrain that might surprise a few people: a hybrid, designed to make the GLK a formidable performer while at work and at play.

By combining an electric motor in parallel with the 3.5 liter V6 petrol engine, RENNtech has been able to capture the impressive torque that characterizes electric motor drives, adding 54 Nm to enhance the GLK’s performance off-the-line and out of corners.

In addition, internal combustion engines can start to wheeze as the ambient air thins at the higher altitudes that a hill climb takes place in, but with a hybrid drive, thrust is maintained at any altitude with help from the electric motor, allowing the GLK to remain strong during every part of the race.

The 3.5-liter V6 engine that comes stock in the GLK received a special intake manifold, cams and cylinder heads directly from MB, and then RENNtech added their own long-tube headers, composite air intake, and RENNtech ECU software to make the engine put out approximately 350 horsepower on gas power alone.

RENNtech Pikes Peak Rally Racer Detail

To help with speed, RENNtech cut weight by removing most of the sound insulation and replacing the Mercedes-Benz seats with lightweight carbon-fiber buckets. With the addition of a full roll cage and the movement of several components towards the rear of the GLK, weight distribution almost reached the perfect 50/50, which helps handling on tight, demanding rally stages.

Custom coil-over suspension was created by KW for RENNtech, allowing for adjustments in height, rake, damping rate, camber and toe-in, and 412mm, 2-piece rotors with 8-piston callipers from RENNtech handle stopping power in the front, while 4-pot callipers grab 356mm discs in the rear.

Not so subtle exterior modifications include a front splitter, rear diffuser, and lower side skirts all designed to help direct airflow underneath the GLK to reduce drag and produce added downforce, while improving high speed stability at the rear. The rear wing elements also serve an important aerodynamic purpose, and flared wheel arches and other bodyshell modifications “create a powerful side line that highlights the dynamic thrust of the Rally Racer”.

It’s definitely not the subtlest Mercedes-Benz on the road, but if you want cutting edge, rally ready technology that’s designed to get you where you want to go at a very high rate of speed, then look no further than the RENNtech Pikes Peak Rally Racer.


[Via: Serious Wheels]