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Brabus celebrates late founder with the fierce 750 Bodo Buschmann Edition

Only 25 of these special Mercedes-AMG SL63s will be made

The Brabus 750 Bodo Buschmann is a proper homage to the tuner's most iconic vehicle. PHOTO FROM BRABUS

The late Bodo Buschmann wasn’t your ordinary businessman. Born with petrol pumping through his veins, he founded Brabus back in 1977 and grew it to be the world’s largest independent tuning firm. When he died at just 62 years of age in 2018, he left behind a legacy that includes some of the most legendary Mercedes-Benz cars ever created.

The company he started in a garage behind his parents’ car dealership has never forgotten the impact that the big man had, and is now celebrating one of his most iconic creations with a special edition of the new AMG SL63.

Bodo Buschmann behind the wheel of his hoodless Brabus 7.3S. PHOTO FROM BRABUS

Back in the 1990s—and just like today, really—Brabus was famous for taking already powerful cars and cranking them up to insane performance levels. When Buschmann got his hands on the R129 SL600, he decided to create a true monster in the shape of the Brabus 7.3S.

To show it off to the world for the first time, the boss himself took it for a drive but left the hood at the factory. The result was a picture that very much defined what the company stood for. Crazy cars skillfully created with high-quality German engineering.

The tuner had to recreate that iconic shot with the 750 Bodo Buschmann Edition. PHOTO FROM BRABUS

Now, the firm is paying homage to the man and the machine with the Brabus 750 Bodo Buschmann Edition, a car the late boss would very likely have approved of. Based on the already quite quick AMG SL63, Brabus chucked out the stock turbochargers and a few other parts in favor of in-house high-performance versions, bringing the 4.0-liter V8 up to a whopping 750hp and 900Nm.

That’s enough oomph to go from zero to 100km/h in a mere 3.3 seconds, and on to an electronically limited top speed of 315km/h. Power is transferred through a nine-speed automatic box that connects to Brabus Monoblock II Evo Platinum Edition forged wheels for a bit of proper 1990s feel.

Bruce Wayne will be pleased to know that it only comes in black. PHOTOS FROM BRABUS

Buschmann was known to love the color black, which is why this latest creation bearing his name is also finished in that color. And a lot of it. Not only is the shiny paintwork looking as dark as the night, but the interior has been given a special once-over to ensure whatever could be painted black was painted black, including all plastic parts.

Whatever wasn’t painted was covered in black leather, including the seats, the floor, the part of the center console and the dashboard, and even the trunk. The remaining bits of black you may come across are trim pieces (inevitably) made from carbon fiber.

It wouldn't be a Brabus without the obscene amounts of carbon fiber used. PHOTOS FROM BRABUS

The material is also heavily featured on the outside of the car, where it forms part of the new bodykit. From the front spoiler and the grille inserts to a new rear lip and diffuser, it’s carbon fiber galore. A new exhaust system adds the right soundtrack, while illuminated Brabus lettering in the radiator grille and the entrance panels makes sure everyone knows what car they are dealing with here.

Only 25 units of these machines will be built, and the one you see here is currently for sale from the factory at €400,482.36 (P24.22 million), including German sales tax.

Frank Schuengel

Frank is a German e-commerce executive who loves his wife, a Filipina, so much he decided to base himself in Manila. He has interesting thoughts on Philippine motoring. He writes the aptly named ‘Frankly’ column.