The Mercedes-Benz S class is arguably the best luxury, fat-cat sedan in the world. It's everything that that three-point star is known for in a glorious package.
Famed tuning house Brabus has taken a Mercedes S 600 and made what it calls the "iBusiness", which is an odd combination of automotive power and Apple technology.
What gives it the "iBusiness" name is all the Apple hardware inside. The centerpiece is a Mac Mini housed under the rear shelf in an electrically deployed drawer, and is connected to a 15.2-inch TFT display with 16:9 aspect ratio integrated into the headliner.
The entire Brabus multimedia system is controlled from the passenger seat or the rear compartment by two iPads that also control the car's standard COMAND system with all functions such as radio, navigation system and telephone.
While on the move the two iPad and the Bluetooth keyboards can be safely secured in the recesses of the rear leather-topped tables. The tables are electrically deployed from seatback consoles and are infinitely adjustable to any angle.
The music comes from a 64GB Apple iPod Touch and the sound is reproduced either by the sound system of the S-Class or by Sennheiser Noise Gard headphones. The whole car gets its internet via UMTS and HSDPA.
While all the techno bells and whistles are nice, this car also has go along with the show. The car is powered by a Brabus SV12 R Biturbo 750 engine that has a special crankshaft with longer stroke, forged pistons with larger diameter and increased cylinder bore bump displacement from standard 5.5 to 6.3 liters (336 to 385 cu. in.). In addition, the inlet and outlet ports of both cylinder heads are optimized for improved mixture flow. Four special camshafts also contribute to that same effect.
The Brabus engine specialists also fit the engine with larger turbochargers, a more efficient intercooling system and a stainless-steel high-performance quad exhaust system with free-flow metal catalysts. This pushes the rated power output to an awesome 750 hp (740 bhp) / 552 kW at 5,500 rpm. Its peak torque of 1,350 Nm (995 lb-ft) hits at 2,100 rpm.
The engine is mated to a modified five-speed automatic, which sounds a little dated, but no matter, this large car can hit 0 – 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.0 seconds and to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 11.9 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 340 km/h (211 mph).
Brabus Mercedes aren't cheap, and neither are Apple products, so we're not surprised that pricing wasn't one of the revealed features.