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The 231 mph Brabus Mercedes 800E - world's fastest and most powerful four-seat cabriolet

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July 11, 2011

Brabus 800E V12 cabriolet

Brabus 800E V12 cabriolet

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Brabus specialises in building fast cars - very fast cars. Indeed, it already holds the record for building the world's fastest production sedan and the world's fastest production coupe, so in claiming the title of the world's fastest cabriolet, it's not that much of a surprise.

Given that the base vehicles used in Brabus' two prior "world's fastest" efforts are all Mercedes, and each uses the V12 Brabus motor, much of the knowledge required for building this supercar had already been acquired prior to commencement of the project.

The Brabus 800E V12 cabriolet begins life as a brand new Mercedes E-Class Cabriolet. The biggest single change is a heart transplant with the donor heart (a three-valve Mercedes S 600 V12) also getting a significant makeover before being surgically implanted. The end result is a 6.3 liter, Biturbo V12 producing 788 bhp (588 kW) @ 5,500 rpm and a peak torque of 1,420 Nm (1,047 lb-ft) which is limited electronically to 1,100 Nm (811 lb-ft).

Brabus 800E V12 cabriolet

The BRABUS 800 V12 is fitted with a high-performance limited-slip differential with a locking rate of 40 percent, and despite the relatively heavy weight of the Mercedes E Class, can accelerate from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.7 seconds.

That's supercar class sprint acceleration, but the Brabus 800 keeps accelerating at this outrageous rate, passing 200 km/h (124 mph) in under ten seconds (actually 9.9 seconds) and 300-km/h (186-mph) in 23.9 seconds. Depending on the final-drive ratio, the BRABUS 800 E V12 Cabriolet tops out at 370 km/h (231 mph).,

Brabus 800E V12 cabriolet

The engine used in the vehicle is the most powerful engine built by Brabus - a stroked and bored V12 three-valve Mercedes S 600 unit, which expands capacity from the standard 5.5 liters, to the Brabus engine's 6.3 liters. There are many aspects to the re-engineering of the motor - different camshafts, flowed heads, a new intake manifold, new exhaust manifolds with integrated very large turbos, four water-to-air intercoolers, a beefed up five-speed automatic transmission, an entirely new high-flow, stainless-steel exhaust system, and newly programmed mapping for the electronic engine management system.

All the aerodynamic-enhancement components were refined in the wind tunnel, and all are made from carbon fiber. The front apron is designed to both reduce lift on the front axle and guide cooling air to the radiators and front brakes. Air outlets in the sides route the hot air away from the heat exchangers as quickly as possible.

Brabus 800E V12 cabriolet

For further improved directional stability at extremely high speeds and to further increase cornering speeds, BRABUS widens the body of the E-Class Cabriolet. Newly designed front sport fenders widen the track and allow the installation of ultra-wide 9.5Jx19 wheels mounted with size 265/30 ZR 19 tires.

Professional engineering work was also invested into every detail of the suspension: special suspension components were custom-designed for the front and rear axle of the BRABUS E V12 Cabriolet. They provide a much wider range of individual suspension settings. These components are joined by a BRABUS coil-over suspension calibrated to the higher engine weight. The suspension was developed together with Bilstein and features ten selectable settings for bound and rebound front and back. The ride height can also be adjusted by up to 35 millimeter.

Brabus 800E V12 cabriolet

The BRABUS high-performance. It features 380 x 37 millimeter (15.0 x 1.45 in.), vented and grooved steel brake discs and 12-piston aluminum fixed calipers on the front axle. The rear stops on 360 x 28 millimeter (14.2 x 1.1 in.) discs with 6-piston aluminum fixed calipers.

The cockpit is clad in a perfectly finished combination of lipstick-red and black leather. The ergonomically shaped BRABUS steering wheel and inlays made from genuine carbon fiber on dashboard, center console and side trim add sporty highlights. The speedometer with 400-km/h (250-mph) dial bears witness to the unique performance potential of the open- top four-seater car even while it is standing still.

Brabus 800E V12 cabriolet

When the engine is in place, and the hundreds of other modifications to the vehicle have been completed, it has a top speed of 370 km/h (231 mph) and a price tag of EUR 478,000 (US$682,000).

13 Comments

just what the world needs right now

mommus
11th July, 2011 @ 07:05 am PDT

Looks awesome, but why an automatic?

PeetEngineer
11th July, 2011 @ 07:32 am PDT

another useless car from Brabus

Mike Donovan
11th July, 2011 @ 08:08 am PDT

you would need wheels the size of tractors to put that power to the ground. Agree with Mike

Brian McFarland
11th July, 2011 @ 09:59 am PDT

I just think it looks too damn sexy

Nacho Lotitto
11th July, 2011 @ 12:34 pm PDT

shouldn't it come with some sort of rollover protection??? (although at 230mph it may not matter much)

Chris Lee
11th July, 2011 @ 03:19 pm PDT

I'm not a convertible fan but I couldn't kick that car out of my garage if I had a chance to own one! :-)

mrhuckfin
11th July, 2011 @ 04:05 pm PDT

Stupid people. End of the world happening right now. Build another gas guzzler. Then promote it as desirable to stupid people for $$$.

Good one.

Mr Stiffy
11th July, 2011 @ 08:35 pm PDT

gotta agree mommus and Mike Donovan and Brian McFarland and at Chris the roll over bar pops up in milliseconds,, the car is absurd in an era where we should be conserving

Bill Bennett
11th July, 2011 @ 08:55 pm PDT

Again you guys! The WORLD WILL NOT END because of cars like these! You guys must be miserable?

mrhuckfin
12th July, 2011 @ 04:14 am PDT

@ mrhuckfin...

Yeah your right - the world is not ending, it's just WE and an awful lot of an enormous amount of other species are in rapid extinction mode - and so you are right, the world will not end, but we will and the world is going to go on - without us.

Mr Stiffy
12th July, 2011 @ 08:18 pm PDT

I agree with everyone about the economy and high price and we should be conserving but do you really think anyone who can purchase a car like this gives two shits about the economy. They are obviously wealthy enough to own this car so i doubt the economy has a big effect on them. And I doubt they care about its mpg either

Azat Sarkisyan
12th July, 2011 @ 09:58 pm PDT

a 140 CDI will be the regular driver, and the 800 E the weekend joy and sport-about ! Even the very Rich looks on daily spending, some with cruel tightness !. s.

Algreen-ussing Søren
25th August, 2011 @ 09:38 am PDT
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