The world's fastest roadster (for now)
2 August 2006

Can’t wait until 2008 for that open-top Bugatti Veyron? Those slightly crazy folks at German tuning firm Brabus have got just the stop-gap, in the shape of the Brabus S V12 S.

With the Mercedes SL as their starting point, Brabus claims to have created the world’s fastest roadster. Under the bonnet is a 6.3-litre V12 bi-turbo engine (bored out from 5.5 litres) that produces a stupefying 720bhp and 974lb ft. That’s enough, Brabus claims, to fire this two-seat missile from 0-62mph in 4.0 seconds, to 125mph in 10.9 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 217.5mph.

Styling modifications on the body are said to help the car’s high-speed stability, while those rather nice 20-inch alloys add a touch of bling. The ride has been dropped by 15mm, while (presumably very necessary) brake modifications increase the front ventilated discs to 375mm, with 12-piston calipers, and the rears to 355mm ventilated discs with six-piston calipers.

The S V12 S is on sale now, prices on asking (but no doubt a fair bit cheaper than a soft-top Veyron).

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