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Brabus takes the Porsche 911 Turbo and makes it a weapon

The German tuning company ups the power to 900hp with 1,000Nm

This is a Porsche 911 Turbo S turned up to 11. PHOTO FROM BRABUS

German tuner Brabus made its name by modifying cars from Mercedes-Benz in ways that combine outlandish performance with the finest German craftsmanship. Maybe that’s why the company has grown to be one of the biggest in its field in the world. And to keep growing, it needed to look at other cars to tune.

Such as the Porsche 911. Modifying such an icon and trying to improve on what many purists will already consider perfect the way it comes from the factory is no mean feat, but it looks like the Brabus engineers may have pulled it off. Say hello to the Brabus 900 Rocket R “1 of 25” Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe. A mouthful of a name for one weapon of a car!

Compared to other Brabus creations, this one looks very tame. PHOTOS FROM BRABUS

Brabus is all about extreme power, and the number in the name indicates how many horses are stored in the back of this 911.

A total of 900hp and 1,000Nm can be unleashed with one simple press of the accelerator, catapulting this machine from zero to 100km/h in 2.5 seconds, and from zero to 200km/h in a positively mental 7.2 seconds.

We think there's a missed opportunity for Brabus to give it 911hp. PHOTOS FROM BRABUS

Top speed is given as an electronically limited 340km/h to protect the tires. Fully unleashed, we imagine this machine would happily chase down the odd Bugatti or Rimac. To get this much oomph out of the 3.8-liter flat-six, some serious German engineering was needed, delivered mainly in the form of two custom-made Brabus high-performance turbochargers.

No Brabus would be complete without copious amounts of carbon fiber. PHOTOS FROM BRABUS

A new exhaust system makes sure nobody will ever miss the arrival of this sleek coupe, while new 21- and 22-inch Brabus Monoblock P Platinum Edition rims, complete with carbon-fiber aero discs, add to the aggressive look.

This thing looks fast even when standing still, not least thanks to a new suspension setup and a Brabus Widestar bodykit with plenty of carbon-fiber bits.

In this case, Brabus held back with the interior, but it can be as ostentatious as you want. PHOTOS FROM BRABUS

The interior is an orgy of leather covering almost all surfaces, including the footwells and the headliner made of Alcantara. What isn’t covered in cowhide is adorned with carbon fiber (such as the door sills and the center console) or aluminum (like the new pedals). The rest is finished in a chrome look, and there’s pleasantly little plastic left after all that work.

Which sort of what you would expect from this über-luxurious and hyper-expensive rocket ship. As the name suggests, only 25 copies will be made, and if you now fancy one, then the show car is currently for sale for €549,192 (or P33.53 million). That’s still a lot of money, but compared to a Bugatti, it looks almost like a bargain.

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.