Known for producing insanely powerful vehicles from the Mercedes-Benz stable, Brabus has now focused its attention on the E-Class cabriolet, with this, the Brabus E V12 Cabriolet, being the result.
With the company’s awesome V12 Biturbo sitting in its engine bay, the E-Class now produces 800 hp; enough to propel it to 63 mph in just in just 3.7 seconds before running out of steam at a jaw-dropping 231 mph!
The unit itself is a heavily reworked version of the one found in the current S600 model, with Brabus enlarging the capacity to 6.3L, and adding its own biturbo system and four intercoolers. Transmission is a reinforced five-speed auto system.
All body add-ons are created from carbon fibre, including the front apron and rear wing and diffuser. Replacement front wings and rear quarter flares extend the cabriolet’s track and help to house those new Brabus wheels (9.5×19 front, 10×19 rear), which in turn do their best to hide the new, uprated brakes featuring 6-piston calipers.
The E V12 Cabriolet is built to order, and starts at… €478,000

First the sedan, then the coupe and now the cabriolet: With the 800-hp (788-bhp) / 588-kW Brabus 800 V12 Biturbo twelve-cylinder high-capacity engine in the body of the open-top Mercedes E-Class Brabus further expands the legendary E V12 family. Like its brethren, the Brabus E V12 Cabriolet is a high-performance automobile of superlatives: the special model reaches a top speed of up to 370 km/h (231 mph) and is the world’s most powerful and fastest four-seater cabriolet. It is built to order starting at EUR 478,000. In building this supercar the Brabus engineers drew upon the know-how gained from building numerous E V12 sedans and coupes. Precision work was required to implant the Brabus 800 V12 Biturbo engine and a reinforced five-speed automatic transmission in the engine bay of the E-Class Cabriolet.
The most powerful engine in the Brabus lineup is based on the three-valve V12 engine of the current Mercedes S600 model. The company’s engine-building shop reengineers this engine in all aspects. A special crankshaft with longer stroke and larger pistons in conjunction with increased cylinder bore bumps displacement from standard 5.5 to 6.3 liters (336 to 384 cu. in.). Further modifications to the engine’s inner workings include cylinder heads optimized for mixture flow and sports camshafts.
The engine peripherals are reworked just as extensively: Two special exhaust manifolds with integrated larger turbochargers ensure a more efficient turbocharging process. The Brabus biturbo system is rounded out with four water-to-air intercoolers which also make a crucial contribution to the exceptional power yield. The stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system with four tailpipes was created specifically for the E-Class Cabriolet. The intake side was also completely redesigned: Under the custom-built hood with integrated carbon-fiber ram-air hood scoop is a completely newly developed intake manifold.
The perfect interaction of all performance-increasing measures is coordinated by newly programmed mapping for the electronic engine management system.
The Brabus 800 V12 Biturbo powertrain, lubricated with high-tech lubricants from technology partner ARAL, transforms the four-seater convertible into the most powerful and fastest of its kind in the world. 800 hp (788 bhp) / 588 kW at 5,500 rpm and peak torque of 1,420 Nm (1,047 lb-ft), limited electronically in the car to 1,100 Nm (811 lb-ft), are as unique as the driving performance this car delivers.
The power cabriolet is equipped with a Brabus high-performance limited-slip differential with a locking rate of 40 percent, and sprints from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.7 seconds. After 9.9 seconds the exclusive automobile already reaches a speed of 200 km/h (124 mph). The 300-km/h (186-mph) barrier shatters after 23.9 seconds. Depending on the final-drive ratio the Brabus E V12 Cabriolet has a top speed of up to 370 km/h (231 mph).
Sophisticated aerodynamic properties are essential for directional stability and active safety in a car capable of attaining such enormous speeds. The sporty yet elegant Brabus aerodynamic-enhancement components were fine-tuned in the wind tunnel, and like in Formula 1 racing they are made from ultra-light yet high-strength carbon fiber.
The Brabus front apron is shaped to reduce lift on the front axle and to guide a maximum amount of cooling air to the radiators and front brakes of the V12 model. Air outlets in the sides route the hot air away from the heat exchangers as quickly as possible. LED daytime running lights integrated into the apron give the Brabus E V12 Cabriolet an unmistakable appearance that can be quickly identified even in the rearview mirror.
For further improved directional stability at extremely high speeds and to further increase cornering speeds, Brabus widens the body of the E-Class Cabriolet. Newly designed front sport fenders widen the track and allow the installation of ultra-wide 9.5Jx19 wheels mounted with size 265/30 ZR 19 tires.
Special carbon-fiber rear fender flares add 60 millimeters (2.4 inches) to the width of the Brabus E V12 Cabriolet. They create space for ten-inch wide wheels mounted with high-performance tires up to size 295/30 ZR 19, supplied by technology partners Continental, Pirelli or Yokohama.
Professional engineering work was also invested into every detail of the suspension: special suspension components were custom-designed for the front and rear axle of the Brabus E V12 Cabriolet. They provide a much wider range of individual suspension settings. These components are joined by a Brabus coil-over suspension calibrated to the higher engine weight. The suspension was developed together with Bilstein and features ten selectable settings for bound and rebound front and back. The ride height can also be adjusted by up to 35 millimeters to suit each driver’s personal preferences.
The Brabus high-performance brake system easily masters the car’s incredible performance. It features 380 x 37 millimeter (15.0 x 1.45 in.), vented and grooved steel brake discs and 12-piston aluminum fixed calipers on the front axle. The rear stops on 360 x 28 millimeter (14.2 x 1.1 in.) discs with 6-piston aluminum fixed calipers.
Naturally the Brabus E V12 Cabriolet also features an especially exclusive interior. The first vehicle of the small-series production run, which celebrated its public debut at Brabus Middle East in Dubai, the company’s own branch in the United Arab Emirates, breaks the mold in this area as well. The cockpit is clad in a perfectly finished combination of lipstick-red and black leather.
The ergonomically shaped Brabus steering wheel and inlays made from genuine carbon fiber on dashboard, center console and side trim add sporty highlights. The speedometer with 400-km/h (250-mph) dial bears witness to the unique performance potential of the open-top four-seater car even while it is standing still.


Following on from its reworking of the SLS AMG, Stockach tuning house Kicherer has just released images and information detaling its CLS program – the Edition Black.
Based on the CLS 500, Kicherer takes its output from 402 to 470 hp and also fits its adjustable PowerConverter to the CLS, which eliminates the delay found in electronic accelerator pedals.
Externally the body receives a matte vinyl wrap with elements – such as the grille, mirrors and rear bumper lip – all picked out in carbon. The look is completed thanks to those 20-inch hand-made KICHERER RS-1 wheels.
Press Release
Even ex-works the new CLS 500 Coupé is not short of power. With 408 Ps and 600 Nm torque it is after the C 63 AMG the currently most powerful mass-produced car that the group can offer its customers. Those who like it a touch more dynamic can turn to the traditional fine-tuner KICHERER in Stockach. Engineers, technicians and designers have taken on the elegant CLS and accentuated its sportiness both from a technical and a visual point of view.
By means of a software update and a sports exhaust system the performance of the V8 biturbo engine was increased by around 62 Ps and 90 Newton metres. To help the 470 horsepower get straight to work an original KICHERER PowerConverter (with an E certificate of conformity) was mounted in the vehicle. The accelerator pedal thus reacts almost immediately to the driver’s commands. Both ear and eye can delight in many ways in a beautiful exhaust system at the rear of the vehicle. On the one hand even the ex-works end pipes are convincing with a modern, almost rectangular design and on the other hand the KICHERER sports exhaust system behind it produces a sportily exciting but still discrete V8 sound.
The elegant side-view of the coupĂ© is perfected by the sportily filigree, hand-made KICHERER RS-1 20 inch forged wheels – behind which one can easily imagine the power of the 6 and 4 piston high performance braking system.
With its compound discs and the flexible stainless steel hoses this ensures the appropriate negative acceleration for the performance is produced. The noble interior complements the overall appearance of the KICHERER CLS and been refitted to the highest quality with interior elements and door sills in piano lacquer.
The chassis was refurbished to match the exterior character of the car with a HighEnd Foliation in matte black and carbon.
A successful package, for one of the probably most exciting four-door vehicles

Mercedes-Benz CLS by MEC Design

Following on from its recent reworking of the SLS AMG, Berlin tuning house MEC Design has released images and information detailing its new program for the first generation of the Mercedes-Benz CLS (W219).
The package focuses on giving the CLS a more aggressive look, this is achieved by way of a new front bumper with side slats and four LED lights, and rear bumper in a similar style – but wearing a carbon fibre diffuser. There’s also a pair of sill extensions, and spoilers for the boot lid and rear window. The whole body is finished in a matte black wrap, which seems to be de rigueur these days. MEC also supplies the 2010-spec grille and mirror covers.
The company’s adjustable suspension allows the driver to choose their own ride height, while those monster mecxtremeIII 10.5×20-inch wheels have been painted to match the bodywork.
Inside the car there’s a new steering wheel – wrapped in carbon and leather, and full set of tufted velour floor mats.
Another Unique car from MEC Design – W219 CLS • MEC Design Bodykit 2Face (front bumper with LED fog + day lights, rear bumper with carbon fibre “Extreme” diffusor, side skirts with LED, 3 piece trunklid spoiler, rear window spoiler)
• MEC Design wheels mecxtremeIII 1pc in Full Matt Black finish 10,5×20 (4,5 inch lip) tires 285/25 ZR 20 all around
• MEC Design Electronic Lowering System module, adjustable
• MEC Design 4 pipe stainless steel exhaust system, sound version Apocalypse
• MEC Design carbon/ leather steering wheel
• MEC Design floor mats
• MEC Design 2010 Grill
• MEC Design 2010 Style LED mirror covers
• Lighting unit background finishing
• Full Matt Black Folie Wrap