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Brabus pimps Mercedes Sprinter

Expensive cargo: Brabus transforms the load area of a Mercedes Sprinter van in to a super-luxurious conference room, with features to equal the world's finest cars.

Luxurious Business Lounge is Brabus' first vehicle to not get a power boost


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28 Aug 2014

BRABUS has taken Mercedes' Sprinter workhorse and turned it in to one of the world's most luxurious vans, with an opulent list of features from wooden floors, a 42-inch LED screen and even a coffee machine.

Due to debut at the Moscow motor show, the Brabus Business Lounge is the only one of its kind, but for an unspecified sum the Mercedes-backed tuner will build more to order.

The Brabus name is better known for squeezing more power from Mercedes engines and high-performance vehicles, but no alteration of the Business Lounge engine has been undertaken.

Instead, Brabus focused on treating the passengers of its latest model and not the driver – the first time it has deviated from its performance mantra in the company's 37 year history.

To create the Business Lounge, the factory-backed tuner started with a standard load-lugging Sprinter and turned the cargo area in to a conference suite with four heated and ventilated leather-trimmed recliner seats, each with its own massage function and fold-away desk.

The four bespoke seats face inwards to enable face to face meetings, but also fully power recline with leg-support to allow rest and sleep on longer journeys.

A console beside each seat provides occupants with USB and 220-volt sockets, and houses a fridge, coffee maker and a shared 10-inch display.

Brabus' Media Centre allows the connection of any multimedia device to the various displays and control interfaces regardless of its operating system, and every on-board system is integrated by a CAN bus network.

Systems are accessed through touch-screens, wireless keyboards and mice at each work-station, and sound is delivered via a 1200-watt tailored speaker system.

When not working, passengers can amuse themselves with full internet access, a Blu-ray player, Playstation 4 console, HDTV or a four-channel surround view of the vehicle.

The ultra-comfortable cabin has privacy-glass complete with power-operated curtains, and the generous space is climate controlled by a 13kW heater and cooler unit – the same power as a Honda CBR125 motorcycle.

Many premium cars have some form of sunroof, but the Brabus Business Lounge has substituted conventional glass panel for a 71-inch LED display, which can display anything from subtle mood-lighting to clouds or starry night sky.

A third row of two more conventional seats is removable to make space for luggage.

The exterior of the Business Lounge has also received a Brabus make-over with flared wheel arches, 18-inch nine-spoke alloy wheels, twin tail-pipes and a more aggressive bodykit, while B-badges replace the three-pointed star.

Drivers of the Business Lounge do not get any preferential treatment with a standard cockpit up-front.

Standard Sprinter engines start at a 70kW/250Nm 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel, but it is more likely customers of the Business Lounge would request the top of the range 140kW/440Nm 3.0-litre V6 diesel.

In its near four-decade history, Brabus has created numerous high-performance versions of Mercedes vehicles, including modified versions of the Smart ForTwo micro car and Unimog monster off-roader.

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