Geneva: Brabus 800 Roadster is a power-mad aristocrat

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Brabus 800 Roadster - front three-quarter view at Geneva Motor Show

If we’re being completely honest, we haven’t exactly been in love with the aesthetics of the sixth-generation Mercedes-Benz SL-Class. It’s mostly a front-end issue, with its glowering eagle-eye headlamps and upright, dinner-plate-sized Three-Pointed Star coming across to us as overwrought. That’s particularly troublesome for a roadster whose history has of the most elegant designs of all time in its back catalog. Somehow, the new R231 generation’s brash visuals seem more at home on this Brabus 800 Roadster to us.

That’s probably because the high-dollar German tuner has turned up the wick on the SL’s visuals even further, with carbon fiber bodywork, a more aggressive aero kit, matte hood scoop and complex two-finish wheels. It’s all-the-way committed to its brashness, in other words – and justifiably so. Anything with 800 horsepower and 1,047 pound-feet of torque has earned the right to look however it wants, right?

Brabus started with the SL65 and its not-exactly-underpowered 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12, and went to town, fitting their own turbocharger and intercooler system, along with a less-restrictive exhaust system with driver-selectable sound levels and new engine electronics. The result is a 3.7-second 0-62 mph time, an electronically limited top whack of 217 mph… and one seriously compromised toup

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