Building the world’s fastest convertible is one thing. Building it to accommodate four brave passengers is something else.
The Brabus 800 E V12 Cabriolet has a top speed of 231 mph, making it the world’s fastest convertible. That speed would also be good enough to easily land it a spot in the top 10 fastest production cars in the world, between the McLaren F1 and Gumbert Apollo. (The Bugatti Veyron proudly sits atop the list, for now.)
A Mercedes-Benz vehicle, by itself, wouldn’t make the list, but when the speed freaks at Brabus get a hold of one, all hell breaks loose. Even by Brabus standards, this convertible is one crazy ride for four crazy people.
The displacement of MB’s 5.5-liter V12 has been increased to 6.3 liters, resulting in power figures that look purely insane. It has 788 hp available at 5,500 rpm and 1,047 lb-ft of torque at an amazingly low 1,100 rpm. (Torque actually had to be electronically limited to 811 lb-ft. Have you ever heard of such a thing?)
The 800 E V12 Cabriolet needs only 3.7 seconds to jump from 0-62 mph. That’s not just acceleration; it’s more like evaporation.
The rear tires are a full 10 inches wide, which required custom carbon-fiber rear fender flares that add over 2 inches to the width of the regular E-Class Cabriolet. A new front bumper assembly has also been installed, complete with some glaringly fierce LEDs. Air vents are located behind the front wheels, presumably to help cool the massive 12-piston aluminum calipers when things need to come to a speedy halt.
For approximately $684,000, Brabus will custom-build you your very own 800 E V12 Cabriolet. You’ll be pleased to know, though, that that cost includes the price of the 2011 E350 Cabriolet your new monster will be based on.
I know cars like this are just automotive jewelry that cater to the rich boobs who can afford them. I also know $700K cars aren’t the most appropriate topic when there is still a real possibility that the U.S. economy could go into default and millions of Americans remain out of work.
But cars like this Brabus provide some respite from all that news and a little hope that, perhaps one day, one of us will be among the few able to place an order.
Even if $700K was chump change to you, would you spend it on a car in this economy?