Brabus E V12 Coupe based on the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 28, 2010

At the Geneva Motor Show, Brabus displayed its version of the new 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe that it has dubbed as the Brabus E V12 Coupe. This car, which is offered on a limited run, is featured with a Brabus SV12 R Biturbo 800 twelve-cylinder displacement engine that develops 800hp and a peak torque of 1,420 Nm (1,047 lb-ft).

In terms of performance, the car is able to go from zero to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and can achieve a top speed of 370 km/h (230 mph) without being limited. Furthermore, the car can accelerate to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 9.9 seconds and to 300 km/h (186 mph) in 23.9 seconds.

The street-legal versions are limited to 350 km/h (217 mph). To control this much power, Brabus fitted the car with a high-performance brake system that features 12-piston aluminum fixed calipers and vented and grooved steel brake discs measuring 380 x 37 millimeters (15.0 x 1.5 inches on the front axle and six-piston aluminum fixed calipers gripping discs measuring 360 x 28 millimeters (14.2 x 1.1 inches) on the rear.

The car is also installed with a Brabus quad sport exhaust system, a special rear spoiler, a carbon-fiber diffuser with a centrally-mounted reflector and genuine carbon-fiber trim on dashboard, center console and doors. The car is priced from 478,000 Euros MSRP.

Exterior Design

The resulting performance put strong pressure on the aerodynamic properties of the car. It is not surprising that designers at BRABUS used a wind tunnel in order to develop a body conversion kit made from lightweight and high-strength carbon fiber. The kit therefore manages to merge aerodynamic efficiency with its sporty design.

In order to lower the lift on its front axle, the design of the BRABUS front was done in such a way that every radiator of its V12 would be supplied with the ideal amount of cooling air. Its sides have air outlets that channel the air immediately away from its heat exchangers. The front brakes being supplied with cooling air is another significant design element.

Integration of the LED daytime running lights meanwhile improves active safety. With a wider track, it means that even at high speeds, it continues to have better directional stability. This is the reason why BRABUS developed sport fenders made of a special carbon fiber and have air vents integrated to them.

The rear fenders are made of carbon fiber as well and give the rear axle an extra 60 millimeters (around 2.4 inches) to its width. The BRABUS E V12 Coupe uses wide wheels equipped with Pirelli high-performance tires or the YOKOHAMA ones.

The 19-inch combination is truly ideal given the maximum speed the car can reach. What this means is that the wheels measure 9.5 inches and 10 inches, with customers getting the chance to select from a variety of BRABUS Monoblock designs like the VI, E, Q, and the S. The front axles have the size 265/30 ZR tires while the rear axle comes in 285/30 ZR 19.

The rocker panels have been integrated with the illuminated BRABUS logo while the LED entrance lights allow air to flow to its sides with little or no disturbance. This also gives this two-door model its smoother and longer look. Its BRABUS rear apron has a carbon fiber diffuser that includes cutouts that have been custom-tailored and placed on each side of the BRABUS quad sport exhaust system.

It also has the reflection placed on the middle. The BRABUS rear spoiler is important since it ensures a more balanced aerodynamics even at high speed. Though the BRABUS E V12 Coupe is an excellent road warrior, customers can request to make it into a sports racer that can run on the track.

Its suspension was even redesigned. The redesigns resulted in having special suspension components on the front axle and the rear axle, thereby giving customers a wide array of individual suspension settings.

Press Release

BRABUS E V12 Coupe

At the Geneva Motor Show 2010 the BRABUS E V12 Coupe celebrates its world debut as the world’s fastest Gran Tourismo. Based on the new Mercedes E-Class coupes, BRABUS builds a luxurious 2+2-seater in small-series production. It is powered by a BRABUS SV12 R Biturbo 800 twelve-cylinder displacement engine that produces 800 hp (788 bhp) / 588 kW of power and a peak torque of 1,420 Nm (1,047 lb-ft). BRABUS accepted by the German Federal Vehicle Registration Agency (Kraftfahrtbundesamt) as an automobile manufacturer, offers this high-performance automobile capable of reaching speeds in excess of 370 km/h (230 mph) starting at 478,000 Euros MSRP.

Like the fourth-generation BRABUS E V12 sedan the new E V12 Coupe is powered by a BRABUS SV12 R Biturbo 800 displacement engine. Drawing upon decades of experience in developing and building high-performance vehicles the twelve-cylinder engine was fitted into the engine bay of the two-door E-Class.

The basis for this engine is the twelve-cylinder twin-turbo engine from the latest Mercedes 600 models. Displacement of the engine is increased from 5.5 to 6.3 liters (336 to 384 cu. in.) with the help of a special crankshaft, larger cylinder bore and correspondingly larger pistons. Both three-valve cylinder heads are optimized for mixture flow, and fitted with sport camshafts.

Underneath the custom-made hood with integrated carbon-fiber RAM airbox is space for a completely newly developed air intake system. This twin-turbo system was designed from the ground up for the new E V12 generation. It includes two custom high-performance headers with integrated turbochargers and four water-to-air intercoolers. The stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system with free-flow metal catalysts was also custom-tailored for the confined space under the E-Class Coupe.

In addition, the BRABUS engine specialists have developed a precision engine management system that controls injection, ignition and driving dynamics systems. The result is an optimal combination of impressive power yield and eco-friendly emissions that meet strict EURO IV exhaust limits.

The BRABUS SV12 R Biturbo 800 engine is lubricated with high-tech motor oil from technology partner ARAL. It produces a rated power output of 800 hp (788 bhp) / 588 kW at 5,500 rpm. The even more impressive peak torque of 1,420 Nm (1,047 lb-ft), available already at a low 2,100 rpm, is limited electronically to 1,100 Nm (811 lb-ft).

Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a reinforced five-speed automatic transmission and a BRABUS high-performance limited-slip differential. The BRABUS E V12 comes standard with state-of-the-art driving stability programs that can be deactivated at the push of a button.

Performance of the coupe is as exceptional as that of the four-door model: The BRABUS E V12 Coupe sprints from 0 to100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.7 seconds, to 200 km/h (124 mph) in 9.9 seconds, and reaches 300 km/h (186 mph) after a mere 23.9 seconds. For street-legal use the top speed of the Gran Tourismo is limited electronically to 350 km/h (217 mph). Without the limiter the two-door twelve-cylinder car is capable of speeds in excess of 370 km/h (230 mph).

This extreme performance also places highest demands on the vehicle’s aerodynamic properties. The BRABUS designers went into the wind tunnel to develop a body conversion kit made from high-strength yet especially lightweight carbon fiber. The kit combines sporty design and aerodynamic efficiency to perfection.

The BRABUS front was designed to reduce lift on the front axle and to provide all radiators of the V12 with an optimal supply of cooling air. Air outlets in the sides route the air quickly away from the heat exchangers. Another important design feature was to provide the front brakes with cooling air. Integrated LED daytime running lights further increase active safety.

A wider track means better directional stability at high speeds. Because of that BRABUS has developed special carbon-fiber sport fenders with integrated air vents for the front axle. Special carbon-fiber rear fenders add 60 millimeters (2.4 in.) to the width of the coupe on the rear axle. The BRABUS E V12 Coupe runs on especially wide wheels fitted with high-performance tires from Pirelli or YOKOHAMA. The 19-inch combination is perfect for the enormous top speed the car is capable of. The wheels are 9.5 inches and 10 inches wide and customers can choose from BRABUS Monoblock designs VI, E, Q and S. Tires in size 265/30 ZR 19 are mounted on the front axle. Size 285/30 ZR 19 tires on the rear axle provide optimal traction.

Rocker panels with integrated illuminated BRABUS logo and LED entrance lights route the air stream along the sides with minimum turbulence. They also lend the two-door car a longer, sleeker appearance.

The BRABUS rear apron with carbon-fiber diffuser features a centrally mounted reflector and custom-tailored cutouts on either side for the BRABUS quad sport exhaust system. The BRABUS rear spoiler is essential for well-balanced aerodynamics at high speed.

To make the BRABUS E V12 Coupe not only a superior road warrior but upon request also an extremely sporty racer on the track the suspension was completely redesigned. The redesign includes special suspension components on front and rear axle that offer a wider range of individual suspension settings.

These measures are complemented by a BRABUS coil-over suspension that features a multitude of selectable settings for bound and rebound. The shock absorbers on the front and rear axle feature ten selectable settings for bound and rebound. The ride height has an adjustment range of 35 millimeters (1.4 inches). Sport sway bars can further minimize body roll during fast cornering.

The BRABUS high-performance brake system meets the toughest demands, on the road or on the track. The front axle features 12-piston aluminum fixed calipers and vented and grooved steel brake discs measuring 380 x 37 millimeters (15.0 x 1.5 inches). The rear axle stops on six-piston aluminum fixed calipers gripping discs measuring 360 x 28 millimeters (14.2 x 1.1 inches). The BRABUS high-performance brake system incorporates all functions of the standard Brake Assist system of the Mercedes E-Class.

The interior combines sporty character with luxurious ambiance. An ergonomically shaped sport steering wheel is part of the equipment list of the BRABUS E V12 Coupe as are sport seats upholstered with the finest leather. The seats provide excellent seating comfort and lateral support.

Genuine carbon-fiber trim on dashboard, center console and doors adds further sporty highlights.

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