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V12 C-Class! Goes like a Bullit

2007-10-18 06:36
Brabus has, over the past three decades, become renowned for its work with Mercedes-Benz cars. Check out this monster C-Class, aptly called the Bullit.

Based on the new W204 C-Class, this is one serious screecher.

Housing the tuner's bi-turbo V12 originally designed for the Brabus Rocket based on the CLS, the 6.3-litre makes for some seriously scary reading.

It produces a cracking 537 kW and 1 320 Nm of torque (though this is limited to "just" 1 100 Nm), rockets from 0 - 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed in excess of 360 km/h.

Produced in-house, the twelve cylinder uses a larger bore, special piston rods and re-machined cylinder heads with special camshafts for added go.

A modified five-speed automatic with two different final drive ratios puts the power to the rear wheels. The car is also equipped with a rear differential lock.

Bullit rides on a custom-made suspension with ten settings for its adjustable coil-over springs.

A high-performance brake system uses aluminium 12-piston fixed calipers at the front axle's 380 mm grooved discs. 360 mm discs provide stopping power on the rear wheels shod with 19-inch Yokohama rubber.

Other features include ABS, ASR and ESP.

Bullit's entire design is centred around the car's aerodynamic abilities.

The front apron is designed to cool the radiators and brakes while minimising lift.

The bonnet cover, while constructed from aluminium, has two large vents for additional cooling to the jets.

At the rear, a three-piece carbon fibre spoiler and apron with diffuser perform a similar function.

A stainless-steel performance exhaust system bespoke for the C-Class' body transmits its bi-turbo growl.

But don't think that this Brabus is simply about going fast and looking good. Comfort is key, too, and this C-Class' cabin has been fully customised.

Full leather hand-crafted interior, custom-made seats with carbon fibre rear covers, a sport steering wheel, aluminium pedals and more carbon fibre accents further help to distinguish it. As if you wouldn't know...


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