The US$500,000 788 bhp Brabus Bullit Stealth Coupe - the ultimate sleeper
It's the ultimate sleeper! Brabus' matte-black stealth coupe has no outward pizzazz whatsoever (at least to the untrained eye), but with a 788 bhp twin-turbo V12 under the hood, it can hit 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, 200 km/h in 9.8 seconds, 300 km/h (186 mph) in 23.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of more than 370 km/h (230 mph).
The two-door coupe is loosley based on the Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupe, though the 6.3-liter fast-revving V8 that powers the production car has been replaced with a BRABUS 800 V12 Biturbo, which is essentially a Mercedes S 600 engine reengineered to produce an additional 300 bhp.
The 6.233 liter (380 ci) alloy V12 uses a three-valve combustion chamber, and is capable of delivering a Bugatti-like 1,420 Nm (1,047 lb-ft) of torque. For the longevity of the drivetrain and tyres, plus the drivability of the vehicle, this is electronically limited to 1,100 Nm (811 lb-ft) from 2100 rpm upwards, providing a long flat, preposterously muscular torque delivery. This car will provide an acceleration experience like few others in existence.
The reinforced seven-speed automatic transmission can be shifted either automatically or manually via shift paddles on the steering wheel, and the car also has a BRABUS limited-slip rear differential with a locking rate of 40 percent plus all the state-of-the-art driving dynamics systems such as ABS, ASR and ESP.
The supercar will sell for EUR 378,000 - half a million United States dollars. Where does all the money go? Watch for the full story when we get near the car in Geneva.
About the Author
Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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I wouldn't call a car that looks like this one a "sleeper",quite the opposite!!
The Nome plate gives it away if the looks don't. A 454 duel quad with four on the floor in a plain white Nova is a "sleeper" especially if you have enough exhaust and mufflers under it.
Rather than this sleeper power car, how about the new MB hybrid that gets 82 mpg? When will we see details about that car? They showed in a couple of years ago and said that it would be included with the next model change for the S class. That car has got to be the real sleeper: a regular S class car with it's comfort and speed AND 82 mpg!!!!
in both pics the front end is too curvy for the matte finish and makes it look like it's painted more semi-gloss. And yeah, no way is that a sleeper. I bet you can HEAR how crazy it is under there let-alone the oBvious change to the front.
I don't get it...don't people realize that more power is just silly? Where would you get to drive this thing to its full potential? Not a word about efficiency or safety or at least comfort? It's not even all that pretty.
Have another glass of koolaid.
Who ever heard of a high end MB? Does this mean MB isn't high end anymore? Does it have the beauty of all wheel drive? I'll take my Subaru.
Target for carjackers. Speed limits are around 150 or lose your licence. There isnt a country big enough to drive it in. Just put wings on it and find a bit of open sky.
Not a pretty looking car for half a mill!
Give me a $22,000 Smart Fortwo EV.
At least it's shape always turns heads.
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