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BRABUS Shadow 1200 Black Ops Signature Edition

June 26, 2024

BRABUS Shadow 1200 Black Ops

Brabus Shadow Black Ops Performance

All Images by: BRABUS Marine

Introducing The BRABUS Shadow 1200 XC Cross-Cabin Black Ops Signature Edition.

This model, also called the G-wagon of the seas, captured significant attention following its grand reveal during an exclusive press event at Boot Düsseldorf in January 2024.

Nautical Network was on site in Düsseldorf to capture the launch through our cameras. We created a detailed walkthrough highlighting the most distinctive features, which we later shared with our extensive audience of distant visitors. The reactions were overwhelmingly positive, both at the event and online.

BRABUS Marine is the result of a synergy between the award-winning Finnish boat builder Axopar Boats and the high-performance luxury automotive manufacturer BRABUS. These two renowned entities bring together a wealth of expertise, culminating in the creation of the model we’re going to have a closer look at today—the Brabus Shadow 1200 Black Ops Signature Edition.


Brabus Black Ops Seaworthiness

Transforming the traditional perception of what a purposeful cross cabin should look like, the unmistakable look of the Shadow 1200 XC Cross-Cabin Black Ops Signature Edition marks a new era of cross cabins.

With ‘more power’, ‘more 1-second-wows’, and ‘more Brabus’ than ever before, the 1200 Black Ops Signature Edition has made a distinctive mark in the realm of cross cabin boats. At 45 feet, this Signature Edition boat is the largest Brabus Shadow model to date, and the German builder claims it represents the boldest Brabus expression on the water.

While its exterior is eye-catching, this model is far more than just about the looks. The 1200 Shadow Black Ops Editions caters to owners’ every want and need, from unparalleled power and performance to the ultimate in comfort within spacious and luxurious settings—a seamless combination that results in detailed, luxurious functionally rarely seen in the industry.

Two key features of the boat showcase the German builder’s dedication to building a boat that combines everyday convenience with thrilling performance. The 1200 Black Ops Signature Edition features a fully enclosable cabin, providing a roomy layout that offers protection from the elements and a great space for socializing.

And for the first time ever, the German builders have equipped the boat with 400 HP Mercury Racing 5.7l V10 engines, achieving top speeds of up to 55 knots. Paired with the twin-stepped 20° V sharp entry hull, the Shadow 1200 ensures excellent seaworthiness.

Design & Appearance


The Brabus Shadow 1200 immediately impresses with its striking appearance at first glance, and remarkably, this visual appeal does not come at the expense of functionality. The exterior beauty is paired with features that make life at sea as carefree as it should be, regardless of your adventure’s destination.

This versatility becomes even more apparent when sunny days turn to sudden rain. With just a single touch, premium levels of onboard usability merge with versatility, transforming the boat seamlessly from an open deck to an all-weather cabin.

The exterior layout comes in four distinct designs: Aft Bench, U-Sofa, Aft-Cabin Accommodation, and Open Aft Deck Option. Each design includes a plush sun bed on the bow, with the main difference being the aft layout. The aft cabin option transforms the aft into a sunbed similar to the bow, while the other designs focus on seating arrangements or keeping the area open.


Every corner of the boat showcases a blend of luxurious functionality and meticulous attention to detail.

The smooth transition from the pilothouse’s aesthetic features, such as carbon fiber details and custom leather helm chairs with BRABUS stitching, to the functional cabin layouts is flawlessly executed.

The two cabins, located below deck at the aft and bow, serve as elegant retreats that make owners feel at home. Both cabins include large beds, built-in TVs, and en-suite heads with showers and vanities. The forward cabin is distinguished by Axopar’s signature gullwing doors.

The Brabus Shadow Black Ops Edition offers five distinct social spaces: the foredeck, helm, cockpit, aft deck, and forward lounge. Behind the helm is a galley and a spacious dining or lounge area, ideal for social gatherings at any time. Among these, the cockpit is particularly noteworthy. Spacious side doors in the hull can be folded down, further expanding the social area.


Brabus Shadow 1200 Black Ops Tech

The Brabus Shadow 1200 XC Cross-Cabin Black Ops Signature Edition stands as the most capable BRABUS shadow ever built, reaching new heights of confident performance.

Equipped with triple 400hp Mercury Racing 5.7l V10 engines, it achieves top speeds of up to 55 knots, making it unrivaled in the 45-foot class.

At the helm, you control this power in a clean, functional, and uncluttered cockpit packed with the best in marine technology. The intelligent steering module manages the bow thruster, trim tabs, and audio, while innovative Simrad touchscreens handle navigation. Mercury’s JPO joystick control, including Skyhook and autopilot features, further enhances the driving experience.

This stamp of craftsmanship ensures that every BRABUS 1200 is built to the highest standards using premium materials and cutting-edge technology. The onboard experience is elevated with features such as premium JL sound systems, dimmable LED lighting, underwater and deck lighting, and optional full RGB lighting throughout the boat, creating the perfect mood and soundtrack for high-end adventures.


Brabus Shadow Black Ops Performance

Beam: 13ft 6in
Draft to drops: 3ft 11in
Weight: 17637 lbs (excl. engines and optional equipment)
Outboard engines: 3 x 400hp
Top Speed: 55 knots
Power: 1200 hp
Length: 45′ 7″ ft
Passengers: 12 Cat B / 16 Cat C
Berths: 2 persons, 4 persons with optional aft-cabin.
Classification: B – Offshore, C – Costal
Hull design: Twin stepped 20° V “Sharp entry hull”

Make sure to watch the full walkthrough of this stunning vessel by clicking here! 

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