Brabus claims world's fastest and most powerful luxury coupe with Brabus 800


December 11, 2011

Brabus 800 Coupe - world's fastest and most powerful luxury coupe

Brabus 800 Coupe - world's fastest and most powerful luxury coupe

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German speed merchant Brabus has unveiled its latest performance vehicle - the Brabus 800 Coupe. Based on the Mercedes-Benz CL600, the 800 make-over takes the already impressive 5.5 liter V12 previously developed for the SV12 R Biturbo 800 to an eye-popping 788 hp (588kW) with 1047 ft.lbs (1420Nm) of torque.

Serious Horsepower

The usual hot-up procedures apply to the Brabus 800 Coupe such as extra capacity by way of longer stroke and bigger bore and revised twin turbos, hot cams and gas flowed heads. While all this mumbo is transmitted via a 5-speed auto, speed is artificially limited to 350 km/h (217 mph), but it will reach 200 km/h (124 mph) in just 10.3 seconds and zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds. This makes it the world's fastest luxury 4-seater according to Brabus.


Serious power and acceleration requires serious attention to the aerodynamics, yet the mods are surprisingly subtle. These wind tunnel tested aerodynamic enhancements include lowering the car 25 mm, new front and rear spoilers, larger 21 inch Monoblock wheels and upgraded brake system with 6-piston (front) and 4-piston (rear) alloy brake callipers.


When you are not stomping on black Mercs and silver Porsches, you can luxuriate in the white leather and black Alcantara interior, with contrasting diamond stitching, carbon-fiber trim, matte surfaces in checkered flag design, alloy pedals and a more sporty steering wheel.

The vehicle can be purchased complete or you can have the enhancements performed on your own CL600, but you can expect to pay anything from EUR 478,000 (US$639,000) ex-factory if previous models are anything to go by.

The Brabus 800 Coupe was shown at the 2011 Dubai International Motor Show last month.

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1 Comment

I didn\'t know Mercedes still made the CL600? I always thought it was such a subtle unheralded hot rod! I see used ones all the time for a good price. I wonder if you could clone one from a used older version of this car? :-)

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