This was one of my favorite luxo-barges in GT4 so I was happy to find this while browsing the used car lot tonight. This is my attempt at a Brabus edition of this tire-shredding grand tourer.
After paying the good man $129K credits (no haggling allowed), I took it over to the boys at GT Auto for some fresh high mileage oil, 5 spoke rims which I had the paint tech match to the Schwarz body color, then an engine rebuild and chassis rigidity restoration.
Taking delivery of my new ride and looking like an authentic Russian oil magnate, I glided past the M-B dealer, continuing on past the AMG showroom (dead common nowadays - every soccer mom has an AMG badge) and made my way over to those truly bonkers boys from Bottrop: Brabus.
First thing that needed addressed was the curb weight. In stock form this sucker weighs 1900 kilos! I guess that's fine for floating down the Autobahn, but something much more svelte and track-oriented was needed so after a stage 3 weight reduction, as well as Perspex windows (tinted dark of course), they managed to shave 400+ kgs from the weight.
I was then shown the horsepower upgrades and explained that I wanted to spare no expense on making this a wickedly quick GT. So stage 3 engine upgrades were agreed upon, as well as revised intake, manifold, sports exhaust, and ECU all were added and make for impressive stats: 589 hp and 565 lb. ft. of torque.
After picking it up after the mods were added, I drove to the 'Ring for the Schwarzwald League B race for one lap against some of the big Benz's fiercest rivals including Audi R8, M3 GTR, and RS 6 Avant. It was a good battle since the car has a tendency to understeer. I've tried to make a balanced setup with stiffer springs and slightly soft dampers. Probably won't suit every driving style but should reward the "slow in-fast out" school of driving. With so much power under your right foot you will be wise to not light the fuse unless you're pointed dead straight. This is an absolute tire-roaster if you're not careful, especially with the traction control off.
Also still working on the launches from dead stop. Not very impressive with 0-60 in ~4.3 secs, 1/4 mile in low 12s and a top speed of 208 with the stock transmission. I'm not a drag tuner (and even hate the gear whine of the full race transmission) so I've left the gears stock with an adjustable LSD to manage the wheelspin. Comments welcome.