Brabus Introduces Apple Overload With iBusiness 2.0

Emmanuel P March 25, 2011

Mention the word Brabus and the cognoscenti immediately equate this tuner with over the top modifications to Mercede-Benz cars and even Unimogs. This time, Brabus set its sights into turning an S-Class Mercedes into the ultimate connected car for the busy executive and power broker.

The Brabus 800 iBusiness 2.0 is powered by a twin-turbocharged V12 with 800 horsepower and 1,047 pound-feet of torque, pulling the car to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. An electronically-limited top speed of 219 mph can take driver and passengers to a meeting in a hurry. But if things need to be acted on, the iBusiness allows its passengers to conduct its business on the road. To accomplish this, Brabus has outfitted the iBusiness conversion with a trunk-mounted Mac Mini connected to a 15.2-inch TFT, 16:9 aspect ratio monitor that mechanically unfolds from the alcantara-coated headliner. This monitor can also be used as an external display for the two iPad 2s mounted in the electrically deployed and adjustable tables mounted behind the front seats. The tables serve as secure platforms for the iPads and Apple Bluetooth keyboard. Video conferencing is enabled via Apple’s Facetime system. To tie all this tech together, a WiFi network comprised of UMTS and HDSPA networking protocols are employed. Brabus has also developed a custom app for the iPads that allows passengers to control Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system. Not all the iBusiness gadgets are necessarily for work, however, so a 64-gig Apple iPod Touch is mounted in the rear center console and sends music to either the standard S-Class sound system or a pair of Sennheiser Noise Gard headphones. A wireless DVBT television receiver allows iBusiness passengers to surf a few hundred channels for news or entertainment.

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