The Mercedes-Benz E-Class cabriolet has joined the family of Brabus-tuned rocket transformations from a pedestrian stock open-top to an 800-hp super cab. The sedan was the first in the family to receive Brabus treatment with the coupe following soon after, so it was only a matter of time before the cabriolet got the tuner’s treatment.
The E V12 Cabriolet’s powerhouse is a familiar unit Brabus has deployed in several of its top spec creations; it is an S600-based V-12 bumped from 5.5 to 6.3 liters by increasing the cylinder bore and stroke, adding new camshafts, and revising the crankshaft. New turbochargers and intercoolers were also added and four tailpipes were created specifically for the E-cab along with a new intake manifold. The engine computer has also been remapped, and as a result, produces a whopping 800 hp (788 hp in U.S. tune) and an astonishing peak torque of 1047 lb-ft, although the tuner electronically limits torque to 811 lb-ft.
A reinforced five-speed automatic transmission comes along with a limited-slip differential. Brabus claimed the S600-based SV12R blasted from 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds, but the new E V12 Cabriolet beats it by 0.2 seconds. It’s also faster, reaching a top speed of 234 mph compared to the sedan’s top speed of 217 mph.
In order to keep the drop-top stable at such high speeds, Brabus looked to inspiration from Formula 1 racing, using the same ultra-light yet high-strength carbon fiber for the front fascia, shaped to reduce lift to increase airflow to the intercoolers and brakes. New sport fenders and carbon-fiber rear fenders increase the cabriolet’s width by 2.4-inches, and the suspension was custom-designed for the front and rear axles of the E V12 Cabriolet allowing the driver to chose among 10 different settings and adjusting ride height by up to 35 millimeters. The dramatically updated interior sports vibrant red and black leather.
This high-performance car will surely leave a crater in your wallet, with prices starting at 478,000 Euros, or about $682,000 at present exchange rates.