OK, let’s face it, you only want the stats. Here goes: a 788bhp V12 biturbo topping 231mph and doing 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds. Fast enough?
Well, you won’t find a four seat convertible faster says Brabus, long-time Mercedes-Benz tuners that enjoy a semi-official relationship with the factory. Recognised under law as a car manufacurer in their own right in their native Germany, this Brabus 800 E V12 Cabriolet is, nonetheless, derived from the Mercedes E-Class Cabrio.
The most powerful engine in the tuner’s line-up, the V12 from the current Mercedes S600 features in super-fast Brabus versions of the E-Class saloon and coupe too. But the Brabus engineers rebuild it to feature a special crackshaft with longer and larger pistons, upping displacement from the standard 5.5 litres to a massive 6.3. Sports camshafts are also fitted and the cylinder heads are optimised for increased mixture flow.
Special exhaust manifolds feed into larger turbos which, in turn, are fitted with four water to air intercoolers. A stainless steel exhaust high performance exhaust with four pipes has been developed specifically for the Cabrio. At the other end, a new bonnet features an integrated carbon fibre air scoop which creates a ram air effect. A new engine management map completes the engine tweaks.
All this equates to 788bhp (or 800PS in metric, which is where the name comes from) and 811lb/ft of torque. Most Mercedes transmissions couldn’t handle the torque, so the 800 E gets a five speed auto rather than the newer eight speed autos.
0-62mph is dispensed with in 3.7 seconds, but after just 9.9 seconds the Brabus is doing 124mph. The 300km/h barrier (186mph) is reached in just 23.9 seconds. Dependent on final drive ratio, the car can charge on to 231mph, although Brabus doesn’t say whether you’d want the roof down at that speed.
Aerodynamic aids have been added to make those speeds safe, most honed from carbon fibre, and aimed at reducing lift, increasing stability and channeling air into the radiators and brake cooling ducts. The car has also been widened slightly and sits on ten inch wide (!!) wheels with 295/30 ZR 19 tyres. The suspension and brakes have also been beefed up.
The Brabus 800 E V12 Cabrio is available only to special order at a price of around £450,000 before taxes.