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.