When you see the Brabus nameplate, you know the car it’s attached to will be something special, and the Black Baron is no exception. As extreme as the styling of the Black Baron is, it’s even more extreme under the hood, boasting a massive engine and lots of speed.
The Black Baron is based on the 2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class W 212. The stock car’s 6.0-liter V12 engine has been bored out to 6.3-liters for the Black Baron, and the power has been boosted to 800 horsepower and 1,047 lb-ft of torque. But, for the sake of structural stability, the torque has been electronically limited to 811 lb-ft. It’s sacrifice, but I guess we can deal with it. That insane amount of power will rocket the Black Baron from 0-to-62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.7 seconds. 0-to-124 mph (200 km/h) takes 9.9 seconds, and 0-to-186 mph (300 km/h) is accomplished in 23.9 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 217 mph, but Brabus engineers say that the car could hit 230 mph if you removed the limiter.
Needless to say, that’s a ridiculous amount of power and speed. But, while those are very impressive numbers, one of the most startling is treated almost as a footnote in the Brabus press release announcing the car: 15 mpg. That’s right. For the same amount of fuel used by an average family sedan from the early 90s, the Black Baron can have that much performance. Of course, when you’re really pushing the engine and going 200+ mph, that number will drop considerably, but it’s still pretty darn impressive.
In order to tame all of that speed, Brabus had to do extensive work to the suspension and braking systems of the Merc E-Class. The E has never been known as having a particularly sporty and responsive drive, opting instead for gliding comfort. In order to handle the Black Baron’s extra power, Brabus fitted a fully-adjustable sports suspension with new stabilizers. Also, a high-performance braking package was installed so that once you hit 200 mph, you’ll be able to stop.
The body styling of the Black Baron is sure to get the most attention, however. Brabus took the “black” in Black Baron to a whole new level, creating what is essentially a black hole on wheels. There are plenty of engine and brake vents across the body to shuttle the massive amount of air needed for the engine’s intake and to cool the brakes. The covered rear wheels are by far the most extreme styling option, but, when you’re going over 200 mph, you don’t want any errant wind streams to destabilize your ride. The interior, as expected, is upholstered in black leather and copious amounts of carbon fiber.
The Brabus Black Baron will be hitting the market next year, but it’s going to be an incredibly select market. There will only be ten of the cars made, and they’ll be selling for $875,000 each. That’s probably a good thing, because if more than ten of these bad boys were on the roads at one time, it could knock the Earth off its orbit.