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Brabus Debuts 231-mph 800 E V12 Cabriolet

posted by on 11 July 2011 in 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show Aftermarket and Industry News

Brabus continues its endless campaign to squeeze V12s into any Mercedes-Benzes its engineers can find with this latest model, based on an E-class cabriolet. It leads us to wonder about just one thing: what does top-down driving feel like at 231 mph? Anyone willing to fork over 478,000 euros (about $680,000) will have the pleasure of being able to find out with the 800E V12 Cabriolet, which is capable of just that. Just as impressive, this is a four-seat convertible capable of 0-62 mph in just 3.7 seconds.

Power, as with all of Brabus’ zaniest projects, comes from a worked-over Mercedes-Benz biturbo V12, making 788 horsepower and a computer-limited 811 lb-ft of torque, which should be nice test of the E cab’s topless structure. The 800 E also benefits from Brabus’ other customizations, including a widebody kit made of carbon fiber, 19-inch wheels, a modified suspension, and exhaust which should make the V12 sound appropriately angry. This car’s so fast that it even required the speedometer to be replaced with one that tracks up to 400 km/h, or 250 mph. It all might seem pretty crazy, but for Brabus, this is just another day at the office.

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