First Look: 2010 Mercedes-Benz Brabus E V12 Coupe

2010 Mercedes-Benz Brabus E V12 Coupe

The Black Baron is back. After stupefying us at last year's Frankfurt show by stuffing an insanely powerful V-12 into a Mercedes-Benz E-class sedan (and dressing it like the Batmobile), German tuner Brabus announced they're offering the same prescription for the new E-class Coupe.

Brabus starts with Mercedes' twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-12, which powers the likes of the S- and SL600 models, but bores it out to that magical 6.3-liter displacement. The larger bore, coupled with new camshafts, a special crankshaft, and other tuning tricks, allow the engine to whip up an astounding 800 hp and an earth-shattering 1047 lb-ft of torque (although it may be electronically limited to 811 lb-ft of torque).

As was the case with the E V12 Sedan, that power is enough to rocket Brabus' magic coupe from 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds, and to 124 mph in 9.9 seconds. The car can reach a top end of 186 mph with the speed limiter intact, but removed, that figure grows to an insane 230 mph.

Like the sedan, the E V12 coupe receives a number of upgrades to help control such insane power, including upgraded brakes, a revised suspension system, and a carbon fiber body kit that was actually designed in a wind tunnel. Unlike the sedan, it's thankfully devoid of the ungainly wheel skirts and grille spoiler.

We've yet to see pricing information, but we wouldn't be surprised if Brabus kept the E V12 Coupe as expensive ($875,000) and exclusive (10 examples total) as its four-door sibling.

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Glad to see the rear wheel skirts gone, although I doubt I'll ever even get to see one of these in the flesh.

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