Brabus 800 E V12 Cabriolet based on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabrio

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 8, 2011

Details and images of the Brabus E V12 Cabriolet, the latest project of the aftermarket specialist, have been released. This car is built to order and has a price tag of EUR478,000, which is steep but the customer will be getting the most powerful and fastest four-seater cabriolet.

This project is based on the open-top version of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and it comes with the Brabus 800 V12 Biturbo twelve-cylinder high-capacity engine, partnered with a five-speed automatic transmission.

It was fitted with a stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system with four tailpipes that was specifically built for the E-Class Cabriolet. The unit has an output of 800hp and 1,420 Nm (1,047 lb-ft) of torque that’s limited electronically to 1,100 Nm (811 lb-ft).

With these specs, the car can accelerate from zero to 60mph in just 3.7 seconds. It gets to a speed of 200 km/h (124 mph) after 9.9 seconds and it hits 300 km/h (186 mph) after 23.9 seconds.

Depending on the final-drive ratio, the BRABUS 800 E V12 Cabriolet could reach a maximum speed of 370 km/h (231 mph). Among the major styling modifications are a new front apron with LED daytime running lights, a wider body kit (consisting of new front sport fenders and special carbon-fiber rear fender flares) that accommodate the 19-inch wheels that are covered with high-performance tires from Continental, Pirelli or YOKOHAMA. The suspension and brakes also received upgrades.

For a car that can run at high speeds, active safety and directional stability is important and this can be possible by having state-of-the-art aerodynamic qualities. The BRABUS is a good example of this as it has components that are elegant but sporty. The parts that improve aerodynamics have all been tweaked in the wind tunnel. Similar to those used in Formula 1 races, these same components are made up of carbon fiber that is high strength yet ultra-light. This is not all as for the BRABUS E V12 Cabriolet, the company made sure to conduct professional engineering work to each aspect of the suspension.

In particular, the front axle and the rear axle had customized special suspension components. These offer a wider-range when it comes to the individual suspension settings and are combined with the BRABUS coil-over suspension that has been modified to accommodate the higher engine weight. Developed in conjunction with Bilstein, the suspension has ten selectable settings for the front and back’s bound and rebound.

In order to meet the personal preferences of each driver, BRABUS made it a point to ensure that it was possible to alter the ride height by as much as 35 millimeters. This version delivers an extraordinary performance and this can easily be mastered through the high-performance BRABUS brake system. For the front axle, it has the steel brake discs that are grooved, vented, and that measure 15.0 by 1.45 inches (380 x 37 millimeters). It also has the fixed aluminum 12-piston calipers. The rear meanwhile has the fixed aluminum 6-piston calipers with discs measuring 14.2 by 1.1 inches (360 x 28 millimeters). The front apron was formed in a manner that would allow the front axle to experience lower lift and ensure that the front brakes and the radiator would get cooling air at the maximum amount possible.

On the side route, air outlets have been placed to make sure that the hot air is removed from the heat exchangers as fast as possible. Incorporated to the front apron are the daytime running lights that make use of LEDs. This gives the BRABUS E V12 Cabriolet that unique look that is easily identified. While it does show directional stability at very high speeds, the body of this E-Class Cabriolet was widened in order to enhance this even further.

It also allows for the cornering speed to be increased. The sport fenders on the front have a new design as well and enables the track to be widened; hence, allowing the 9.5Jx19 wheels to be installed. Fitted to these wheels are the 265/30 ZR 19 tires. For the rear, the flared and carbon-fiber fenders put in an extra 2.4 inches (60 millimteres) to the width. As such, they allow the 10-inch wheels to be fitted with the 295/30 ZR 19 tires.

The wheels are supplied by YOKOHAMA, Pirelli, or Continental, the company’s technology partner. Not surprisingly, the BRABUS E V12 Cabriolet has an exclusive interior. This is to be expected as this is the first vehicle to come from a small-series production run; therefore, managing to break the mold for this particular area. It made its original debut at the BRABUS Middle East located in Dubai. This is the company's very own United Arab Emirates branch. In terms of design, the cockpit has a lipstick-red and black leather combination finish.

Press Release

Brabus 800 E V12 Cabriolet

First the sedan, then the coupe and now the cabriolet: With the 800-hp (788-bhp) / 588-kW BRABUS 800 V12 Biturbo twelve-cylinder high-capacity engine in the body of the open-top Mercedes E-Class BRABUS (Brabus-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777 111, Internet further expands the legendary E V12 family. Like its brethren, the BRABUS E V12 Cabriolet is a high-performance automobile of superlatives: the special model reaches a top speed of up to 370 km/h (231 mph) and is the world's most powerful and fastest four-seater cabriolet. It is built to order starting at EUR 478,000.

In building this supercar the BRABUS engineers drew upon the know-how gained from building numerous E V12 sedans and coupes. Precision work was required to implant the BRABUS 800 V12 Biturbo engine and a reinforced five-speed automatic transmission in the engine bay of the E-Class Cabriolet.

The most powerful engine in the BRABUS lineup is based on the three-valve V12 engine of the current Mercedes S 600 model. The company's engine-building shop reengineers this engine in all aspects. A special crankshaft with longer stroke and larger pistons in conjunction with increased cylinder bore bumps displacement from standard 5.5 to 6.3 liters (336 to 384 cu. in.). Further modifications to the engine's inner workings include cylinder heads optimized for mixture flow and sports camshafts.

The engine peripherals are reworked just as extensively: Two special exhaust manifolds with integrated larger turbochargers ensure a more efficient turbocharging process. The BRABUS biturbo system is rounded out with four water-to-air intercoolers which also make a crucial contribution to the exceptional power yield. The stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system with four tailpipes was created specifically for the E-Class Cabriolet. The intake side was also completely redesigned: Under the custom-built hood with integrated carbon-fiber ram-air hood scoop is a completely newly developed intake manifold.

The perfect interaction of all performance-increasing measures is coordinated by newly programmed mapping for the electronic engine management system.

The BRABUS 800 V12 Biturbo powertrain, lubricated with high-tech lubricants from technology partner ARAL, transforms the four-seater convertible into the most powerful and fastest of its kind in the world. 800 hp (788 bhp) / 588 kW at 5,500 rpm and peak torque of 1,420 Nm (1,047 lb-ft), limited electronically in the car to 1,100 Nm (811 lb-ft), are as unique as the driving performance this car delivers.

The power cabriolet is equipped with a BRABUS high-performance limited-slip differential with a locking rate of 40 percent, and sprints from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.7 seconds. After 9.9 seconds the exclusive automobile already reaches a speed of 200 km/h (124 mph). The 300-km/h (186-mph) barrier shatters after 23.9 seconds. Depending on the final-drive ratio the BRABUS 800 E V12 Cabriolet has a top speed of up to 370 km/h (231 mph).

Sophisticated aerodynamic properties are essential for directional stability and active safety in a car capable of attaining such enormous speeds. The sporty yet elegant BRABUS aerodynamic-enhancement components were fine-tuned in the wind tunnel, and like in Formula 1 racing they are made from ultra-light yet high-strength carbon fiber.

The BRABUS front apron is shaped to reduce lift on the front axle and to guide a maximum amount of cooling air to the radiators and front brakes of the V12 model. Air outlets in the sides route the hot air away from the heat exchangers as quickly as possible. LED daytime running lights integrated into the apron give the E V12 Cabriolet an unmistakable appearance that can be quickly identified even in the rearview mirror.

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.

Special carbon-fiber rear fender flares add 60 millimeters (2.4 inches) to the width of the BRABUS E V12 Cabriolet. They create space for ten-inch wide wheels mounted with high-performance tires up to size 295/30 ZR 19, supplied by technology partners Continental, Pirelli or YOKOHAMA.

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 millimeters to suit each driver's personal preferences.

The BRABUS high-performance brake system easily masters the car's incredible 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.

Naturally the BRABUS E V12 Cabriolet also features an especially exclusive interior. The first vehicle of the small-series production run, which celebrated its public debut at BRABUS Middle East in Dubai, the company's own branch in the United Arab Emirates, breaks the mold in this area as well. 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.

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