Brabus, the company famous for tuning and personalizing Mercedes-Benz sedans and coupes, has turned its attention to something altogether much larger, the Sprinter van, but the results are just as impressive.
BRABUS Business Lounge based on the Mercedes Sprinter. Photo:AFP
Officially unveiled on Thursday, the Brabus Business Lounge is, as the name suggests, a luxury work and relaxation space on wheels.
Like any modern office, anyone choosing to work inside the van will find that they can automatically connect their smartphone, tablet or notebook to its media center which includes a 42-inch display as well as a great sound system and, thanks to a working relationship with Ruhr West University, is platform agnostic. It means that whether you favor Windows, OSX, Android, or have an iPhone, connecting and syncing and sharing isn't a problem.
Neither is having fun as well as getting work done. When it's time to pack away the notebooks, there's an integrated PlayStation 4 and access to a host of movies and HD TV content.
The lounge can seat four in ridiculous levels of comfort. Each of the leather chairs can recline until flat for power napping -- enhanced by the 2,000-plus LEDs woven into the roof liner to give the impression of sleeping under the stars, or, at the flick of a switch, the feeling that you're in the middle of a fireworks display.
BRABUS Business Lounge based on the Mercedes Sprinter - interior. Photo:AFP
If that's not enough, each seat has integrated heating, ventilation and massage functions and a dedicated touchscreen control panel for accessing everything from lighting to media center controls.
And, just like when flying business class, the seats have retractable tables, and in the center console between each pair of chairs are a refrigerator and coffee maker.
Brabus will build each Business Lounge model to the client's exact specifications, including the types and tone of leather for each seat and whether six or four chairs are preferred in the passenger space.