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Should you still have friends who snigger at the notion of someone putting the words ‘performance’ and ‘hybrid’ together in the same sentence, do send them over to the Naza-Brabus showroom in Glenmarie. They might be in for a rude awakening of some sort courtesy of this very Brabus B50 plug-in hybrid you see here.

Initially a Mercedes-Benz S 500 Plug-in Hybrid, the Brabus B50 treatment adds on the usual array of exterior and interior upgrades along with an extra wallop of power. First off, the aesthetics. Up front, the Brabus B50 gets a more aggressive front bumper with larger air intakes while the side profile features a set of rather pronounced skirts. Wheel are 20-inch units wrapped in 255/40 tyres in front and 285/35 at the rear.

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At the rear, the Brabus insignia replaces the usual Silver Arrow mark as does the ‘B50’ badging. Lower down, quad stainless steel exhaust outlets are to be found embedded within a reworked rear bumper that features an oh-so-subtle diffuser element. Take a closer look below the right taillamp and you’ll be able to spot the cover flap which leads to the charging port on this tree-hugging beast of a car.

Under the bonnet, the donor car’s biturbo 3.0 litre V6 petrol engine now pumps out a total of 385 hp at 5,600 rpm and 550 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 4,000 rpm. Combined with the car’s electric motor, total power output is now rated at 493 hp and a monstrous 890 Nm of twist! As a result, straight line performance figures include a 0-100 km/h time of just 4.9 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h.

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While the exterior and power figures touted by the Brabus B50 may seem closer to that of a supercar’s rather than a plug-in hybrid luxury sedan’s, the interior will seem familiar to W222 S-Class owners around the world except for the addition of Brabus scuff plates replete with red lettering. To be frank, nothing much has changed with the overall interior architecture carried over.

Obviously, being a product of Brabus, potential owners can opt to either fully customise their respective vehicles or leave it just as it was when it rolled off the production line. Should one choose the former route, Brabus’ in-house upholstery department can trim those massive pews in either Mastik leather or Alcantara in almost any colour possible. One can also have the interior trimmed in wood or carbon-fibre.