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The 224mph, 720hp BRABUS BULLIT

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September 10, 2007

The BULLIT is built on demand

The BULLIT is built on demand

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September 10, 2007 Yet another eye-catching supercar will make its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in the form of the BRABUS BULLIT – a 720 hp (537 kW), 224 mph (360 kmh) automobile based on the new Mercedes C-Class that features the BRABUS SV12 S Biturbo displacement engine originally designed for the car that claimed the title of the world's fastest sedan in 2006, the BRABUS ROCKET. And the impressive numbers don’t stop there – the car achieves 0 - 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.9 seconds, reaches 200 km/h (124 mph) after just 10.49 seconds and breaks 300-km/h (186 mph) in 24.5 seconds.

Producing 1,320 Nm (974 lb-ft) of peak torque (limited electronically in-car to 1,100 Nm), the 6.3-liter V12 Biturbo Engine has been given a new turbocharging system with two larger chargers and more efficient intercoolers for the BULLIT design. Metal catalysts with low back pressure and a stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system custom-tailored for the C-Class body also allow the engine to breathe more freely.

New engine electronics have also been added along with a custom mapping and the on-board diagnostics system that delivers low exhaust emissions that meet stringent Euro IV limits.

Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a massively modified five-speed automatic transmission and a BRABUS rear locking differential with a locking rate of up to 40 percent. The BRABUS BULLIT is available with two different final drive ratios and includes traction and stability control systems such as ABS, ASR and ESP.

Aerodynamically, the sedan body was optimized for runs beyond 300 km/h (186 mph) in the wind tunnel and the front apron was designed to provide maximum cooling air supply for radiators and front brakes while at the same time minimizing aerodynamic lift. Cooling is also aided by a special aluminum hood with ventilation slots.

The four-door features a three-piece rear spoiler and a rear apron with integrated diffuser. Front and rear spoilers are manufactured from especially lightweight yet high-strength carbon fiber, baked in an autoclave.

Aluminum fender flares front and back are molded to the stock body adding six centimeters (2.36 inches) to the width of the C-Class body and leaving room for the large 9.5Jx19 BRABUS Monoblock S light-alloy wheels and size 265/30 ZR 19 tires on the steering axle. The rear axle features 10Jx19 wheels with size 285/30 ZR 19 tires.

The coil-over suspension was custom-developed to account for the power and the weight of the twin-turbo V12 engine and features ten selectable settings each for bound and rebound.

The high-performance brake system features 12-piston aluminum fixed calipers on the front axle that grip vented and grooved 380 x 37 millimeter (15 x 1.46 inches) brake discs. The rear axle stops with 360 x 28 millimeter (14.2 x 1.1 inches) discs and six-piston aluminum fixed calipers.

Inside the BULLIT offers a standard equipment package that includes a full hand-crafted leather interior and carbon-fiber components on dashboard, center console and door panels along with aluminum pedals and shifter.

Making its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the BRABUS BULLIT is built on demand starting at 348,000 Euros.

About the Author
Noel McKeegan After a misspent youth at law school, Noel began to dabble in tech research, writing and things with wheels that go fast. This bus dropped him at the door of a freshly sprouted Gizmag.com in 2002. He has been Gizmag's Editor-in-Chief since 2007.   All articles by Noel McKeegan
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