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2002 Brabus E 500

The eight-cylinder E 500 model is launched to new performance levels with the BRABUS 6.1 engine. By installing a custom crankshaft and larger pistons displacement is increased to 6.1 liters. The three-valve cylinder heads are treated for optimized flow, and fitted with custom camshafts. Also included in the conversion is a stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system with metal catalysts.

To give the elegant lines of the new Mercedes E-Class a sportier emphasis the BRABUS designers created a stunning aerodynamic enhancement kit. The new front bumper with integrated spoiler features a choice of two or four auxiliary headlights and reduces lift at front axle thus further improving directional stability at high speeds.

The BRABUS side sills make the sedan look longer and sleeker. They also offer another interesting feature: A push of the button on the remote control key or a pull on the inside door handle activates entry lights located in the underside of the sills. They illuminate the ground next to the E-Class, making entering and exiting the vehicle even safer.

A number of custom BRABUS suspension kits were developed in cooperation with SACHS Race Engineering ranging from a lowering kit to sporty yet comfortable suspensions and a special control unit for the pneumatic suspension of the W 211platform.

Unadulterated luxury and individuality in the interior is yet another BRABUS specialty. The list of options includes stainless-steel door sills, ergonomically shaped safety steering wheels with airbag, and exclusive BRABUS fully leather interiors crafted from a combination of soft yet durable BRABUS Mastik leather and Alcantara.

To round out the program for the new model series, BRABUS also offers the BRABUS multimedia package with DVD player, game console and LCD monitors, integrated into the front headrests. Upon customer request BRABUS converts the new E-Class into a fully functional office on wheels with power-operated tables, fax, phone and computer system.

In Detail

engine V8
position Front Longitudal
aspiration Natual
valvetrain DOHC 3 Valves per Cyl
displacement 6100 cc / 372.2 in³
power 317.7 kw / 426 bhp @ 5400 rpm
specific output 69.84 bhp per litre
torque 621 nm / 458.0 ft lbs @ 4100 rpm
body / frame Unit Steel
driven wheels RWD
front tires 245/35 ZR 19
rear tires 255/30 ZR 20
front brakes Discs w/ABS, SBC & 6-Pot Calipers
f brake size mm / in
rear brakes Discs w/ABS, SBC & 4-Pot Calipers
r brake size mm / in
front wheels F 48.3 x 21.6 cm / 19.0 x 8.5 in
rear wheels R 50.8 x 24.1 cm / 20.0 x 9.5 in
steering Power Assisted Rack & Pinion
f suspension 4-Link Multi-Link w/Air Suspension
r suspension Multi-Link w/Air Suspension
wheelbase 2854 mm / 112.4 in
front track 1567 mm / 61.7 in
rear track 1560 mm / 61.4 in
length 4818 mm / 189.7 in
width 1822 mm / 71.7 in
height 1430 mm / 56.3 in
transmission 5-Speed Automatic
gear ratios 3.60:1, 2.19:1, 1.41:1, 1.00:1, 0.83:1, :1
top speed ~303 kph / 188.3 mph
0 – 60 mph ~5.0 seconds