2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS-based Brabus Rocket sedan

2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS-based Brabus Rocket sedan
2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS-based Brabus Rocket

With its new Mercedes-Benz CLS-based Brabus Rocket tuning program, the major German tuning house once again claims the title of maker of the world’s fastest street-legal sedan.

During test runs at the famous Nardo Ring, a 12.5 kilometers long test track, which is located in Southern Italy, the new Brabus Rocket super-sedan broke its own record by 12.2 km/h reaching a top speed of 362.4 km/h.

This stunning performance is provided by the powerful twin-turbo V12 engine from the latest Mercedes Benz S600 models, the engine has its natural displacement of 6.0 liters increased to 6233 cubic centimeters.

Being further ‘optimized’ with a pair of larger turbochargers, a special crankshaft, larger cylinder bore and forged pistons, the engine now features the maximum power output of 730 hp produced at 5,100 rpm and a peak torque of 1,320 Nm, electronically limited to ‘mere’ 1,100 Nm achieved at 2,100 rpm.

2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS-based Brabus Rocket sedan (collage)

Of course, the software of the ECU module was also reprogrammed to ensure that the engine works in the most efficient way, as well as stays within the tight constraints of the new EURO IV emission guidelines.

The engine is mated to a modified five-speed automatic gearbox and the Brabus locking differential.

The engine is, in fact, so powerful that the heavy four-passenger sedan reaches 100 km/h barrier in just four seconds, and accelerates from zero to 200 km/h in 10.5 seconds, and 0 to 300 km/h in 29.5 seconds.

Car’s top speed is limited to 350 km/h to ensure its street legal operation.

To make handling this beast easier, the German tuner has wrapped the Rocket’s Monoblock VI light alloy wheels (8.5Jx19 in front and 10Jx19 on the rear) with Yokohama ADVAN high-performance tires in sizes 255/35 ZR 19 and 285/30 ZR 19 respectively.

Its brake system was enhanced with a set of vented ceramic disks on the front as well as vented and perforated steel discs on the rear.

Photos: Brabus

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