Brabus 7.3 S: Old Body Meets New Brains

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Would you pay $200,000 for a 1997 Mercedes-Benz S-Class? Check out this Brabus 7.3 S before saying ‘no way!’

Understated. We use that word to describe something that tends to hide its true character until you dig a little further. To the casual observer, this W140 has some nice rims, and it even has a nice set of brakes. But those two items are only a small clue to what’s inside. - Brabus 7.3 S

Brabus has been a well-known Mercedes tuner for eons, and their work with the W140 is the stuff of legends. It involved taking the 12-cylinder engine from the S-class, expanding proportions to 7.3 liters, and making a business executive land-yacht have supercar performance. Now, decades on, there’s a new approach to the 7.3 S. - Brabus 7.3 S

Integrating the new generation of COMAND into an older body style is not an easy task. Although the S-Class evolved gradually, there are stark differences between a new, and a 20-year-aged example. But somehow, this one pulls it off beautifully. The COMAND screen doesn’t look too terribly out of place, and the custom-built center console with the COMAND controller looks like it was always meant to be there. All-new upholstery also complements the design elements. But the interior is not the only amazing thing about this car. - Brabus 7.3 S

Standard power from the low-mileage M120 V12 has been increased to about 575 horsepower, making this thing capable of keeping up with most of the latest fleet of super sedans. A top speed within a lick of 200 mph means it can outrun more than a few, too.

And for that “just in case” moment if speed is not an option, check out this special addition to the trunk. Is it worth $200,000 now?

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Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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