World’s Fastest Convertible: Brabus 800 E V12 Cabriolet

2011 Brabus 800 E V12 Cabriolet

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 E-Class Cabriolet, before Brabus gets its hands on it

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?


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  1. I’m notoriously cheap. Well, not really cheap, but I’m addicted to getting the best value for my money. Speed is vastly over-rated. On the ground, after you reach around 130, it’s hard to tell the difference between 130 and 170. I haven’t gone faster than that, nor do I have any desire to do so. This car is kind of like having the world’s largest penis. Sure, you get bragging rights, but it’s not something you can actually use. (or find anyone willing to use it with you.) You can get a much more thrilling check ride in a Russion fighter jet for a heckuva lot less money. It’s something you’ll only want to do once in your life and you won’t have to look at the jet parked in your driveway later.

  2. Dearest Plebeian scribe tgriffith. Once again you have written a piece referencing class envy. We Plebeians will never truly understand what it means to live the life of a Patrician. We get the fact that they’re loaded beyond our ability to comprehend. What we don’t get and you give passing fancy to is a comprehensive understanding and real life experience of just how that translates to the things that we do for fun and for necessity.

    Reader Jim above was worried about his combover yet had the common sense to think about driving lessons with such an awesome machine. You may have fretted about having two cars and asking if it made sense to get rid of the “extra” car. These are the things we Plebeians think and fret about on a daily basis. The Patricians on the other hand live in a world that you and I can only imagine. We imagine how nice it would be to not have a worry in the world, to go where you want to go when you want to go there and never, ever think that money has anything at all with those decisions. Such is the circumstance of the Patrician.

    So, to ask if the economy would have any bearing on a car buying decision, is really a moot point. If a Patrician wants to have a Lamborghini, Brabus, Veyron or a Galibier the last thing he/she thinks about is money or the economy. They will buy whatever tickles their fancy. So much like us Plebeians, the Patricians have their criterion for buying. For reader Jim it was an adrenaline rush, for me its pulling 4 G’s around a bend safely while my heart is beating in my throat. So my dear scribe you don’t have to keep on asking or stating “if you were rich” or if “money were no object” would you…………..?????
    The answer is YES, without question. The reality however is HELL NO, I can’t afford it. The bottom line is that these cars have a market somewhere for somebody. That market just doesn’t or shouldn’t include us (unless we hit the lottery).

  3. Wow.Can’t imagine how my combover would look after some time in that car! I’m a little ashamed to admit it, but if I had millions and millions of dollars, I could see myself buying something like this for the pure adrenalin factor. I’d also buy driving lessons.

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