Brabus reveal world's fastest four-seater convertible
Tuning company Brabus has revealed a V12-engined, 788bhp version of the Mercedes E-Class cabriolet, creating what it claims is the fastest four-seater cabriolet in the world.
According to the company, the Brabus E V12 Cabriolet should be capable of a staggering 231mph, and a 0-62mph time of just 3.7seconds. Keep your foot down and it should make it to 124mph (200km/h) in 9.9seconds.
This comes from an engine that is a reworking of the V12 from the Mercedes S600 that has had its capacity increased from 5.5-litres to 6.3. Brabus has also enlarged the twin turbochargers, uses a high-performance stainless-steel four-exit exhaust and redesigned the air-intakes.
Other changes over the normally sedate E-Class cabriolet include the addition of a high-performance limited-slip differential, a front apron that is designed to both reduce lift on the front axle, a modified body to allow a set of ultra-wide 19-inch wheels to squeeze under and an adjustable suspension setup that can be raised and lowered by up to 35mm.
The interior is bespoke as well, and is festooned with a mixture of red and black leather, while carbon fibre features on the dashboard, centre console and side trim.
This amount of crafting and power doesn't come cheap though, and each car is built to order for a cost of 478,000 euros (£421,000).