• Sep 16th 2009 at 12:58PM
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Brabus E V12 Black Baron -- Click above for high-res image gallery

Fancy yourself as a real-life Bruce Wayne with the financial wherewithal to match? Have we got a workaday sedan for you. German tunemeisters Brabus have just lifted the sheet off their new E V12 Black Baron sedan, although we almost didn't notice, as the matte-black überBenz swallows all beams of light that dare go near its carbon fiber flanks.

Packing a twin-turbo'd 6.3-liter V12, this one-of-ten wonder spits out a tidy 800 horsepower and 1,047 pound-feet of torque (no, that's not a typo). So equipped, Brabus says the demon tweaked E-Class will lunge to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds and hit 124 mph in a sliver under ten ticks. Thanks to the axe murderer of a powerplant underhood and the aerodynamic-at-all-costs design, the Black Baron will reportedly top out at 230 mph – and when operated at saner speeds, it still manages to return 15 mpg. Won't your neighbors be pleased.

What price for Gotham glory? Check out our high-res gallery below and then check with your financial adviser about cutting a slush fund check for $875,000.

[Source: Brabus]


Brabus has unveiled the limited edition E V12 sedan, "The Black Baron".

Based on the new 2010 Mercedes E-Class W 212, the E V12 features a 6.0-liter V12 biturbo bored out to 6.3-liters producing 800 hp and 1420 Nm of torque (it's electronically limited to 1,100 Nm). While details are limited, Brabus outfitted the engine with a ram-air system, a quad-exhaust, and revised engine electronics.

To keep the beast under control, the company added a fully adjustable sports suspension, new stabilizers, a high performance braking system, and black 19-inch alloy wheels outfitted with 255/35 (front) and 285/35 (rear) tires.

In terms of styling, Brabus made major modifications to improve aerodynamics, engine ventilation, and brake cooling. Changes include a revised front bumper, new front quarter panels, aggressive side sills, and rear wheel covers. Out back, the car features a trunk-mounted spoiler and a carbon fiber rear diffuser.

Thanks to all these tweaks, the E V12 rockets from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.7 seconds, 0-200 km/h (124 mph) in 9.9 seconds, and 0-300 km/h (186 mph) in 23.9 seconds. If you keep your foot planted, the car will eventually top out at an electronically limited 350 km/h (217 mph). Without the limiter, Brabus estimates the car can hit a top speed in excess of 370 km/h (230 mph). Fuel consumption is rated at 15.7L/100km (15 mpg), while CO2 emissions are 372 g/km.

Inside, the car features black leather upholstery, an Alcantara headliner, carbon fiber trim, and a 400 km/h (249 mph) speedometer.

Production will be limited to ten units, and prices start at €600,000 ($875,000 USD).

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Can I get covers the front wheels? I want me a spaceship.
      • 6 Years Ago
      get rid of that back wheel cover and you have a winner there. Too bad these ridiculously high torque Benz tuner specials have generally been pigs to drive. Not that I have ever driven one, just seen the reviews. I mean come on, over 1k lb-ft of torque? Good luck putting that on the ground in any form other than massive tire smoke.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Typo alert: 320mph??? Someone needs a proofreader.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's possibly the most obnoxious car ever.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "It's so ... black!" said Ford Prefect, "you can hardly make out its shape ... light just seems to fall into it!"

      Zaphod said nothing. He had simply fallen in love.

      The blackness of it was so extreme that it was almost impossible to tell how close you were standing to it.

      "Your eyes just slide off it ..." said Ford in wonder. It was an emotional moment. He bit his lip.

      Zaphod moved forward to it, slowly, like a man possessed - or more accurately like a man who wanted to possess. His hand reached out to stroke it. His hand stopped. His hand reached out to stroke it again. His hand stopped again.

      "Come and feel the surface," he said in a hushed voice.

      Ford put his hand out to feel it. His hand stopped.
      "You ... you can't ..." he said.
      "See?" said Zaphod, "it's just totally frictionless. This must be one mother of a mover ..."

      Batman? Bah! Hotblack Desiato all the way.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The problem with cars like this is that all the controls are black, labeled in black, and light up black to let you know you've pressed them.

      If it wasn't for the infrapink logo, it'd be impossible to even see the thing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Call me more of an old in terms of taste of cars (I am still a college student), but I loved early MBs and Bmrs and other European cars of this century. Now it seems like trend is inverting in the US, where companies like Ford are coming up with more kinetic linear type of designs. And Europeans (which used be know to me for it's sturdiness) is approaching more non-linear designs, I hate new era germans and italians.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Brother, you said it better than anyone yet...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I wish there was a way to explain my feeling to those German & Italian car execs and their designers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      **BEST** headline of the week.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sad though it is, I bet they will manage to sell all ten of these cars...

      I will try not to think of this utter waste of money next time i refill my gas tank and give those cretins yet more of my cash...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Could be fun to drive, but i wouldn't want to be seen in it or getting out of it. How could anyone look at that car without wheel covers and then put the wheel covers on it and say.. "Hey, that looks good... lets sell it!" WTF?
      • 6 Years Ago
      So Brabus is now going back to Cadillacs of the 80's for styling inspiration? JC Whitney fender skirts? Are you kidding me? Another abomination for those whose taste is inversely proportional to their wealth. Also, the new E-Class mini lights flanking the grill really bug me. They look awkward and aftermarket somehow, or at times, fangs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree. But if they're only building ten of these, maybe the "regular" EV12 Brabus will sell won't have the discusting rear wheel dealio going on and the tacky wing spoiler.

      • 6 Years Ago
      The list of cars to buy before this is too long and too obvious to this blog's readers to merrit repeating here. What is the point? I'm desperately trying to comprehend what value this has in the automotive world, or what objective was in mind when it was created. Time will tell, but I can't even imagine the tasteless money-pissing sheiks of the Middle East shelling out an S-class short of $1mil for this prop-regect from Batman Forever.
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