There are tonnes of black Mercedes-Benz sedans, especially parked around banks or other expensive and/or high class buildings. Almost none of those looks as menacing as the one we tested. With matte black carbon fiber inserts on almost every side, black painted 19 inch wheels and with al the chrome bits disguised in the same color, the latest Brabus E V12 looks like what Darth Vader would drive if he was a real person and living on Earth.
All the Mercedes-Benz tri-star logos on the car have been replaced with black "Bs", symbolizing the fact that this is no longer a Mercedes-Benz, but a Brabus masterpiece. The color somewhat manages to distract from the rather large size of the car, but it also adds some hearse-looking lines on the side, especially with those matte black carbon fiber inserts.
The front is even more menacing than the one on a stock E 63 AMG, mainly thanks to the aerodynamic bumper with matte black carbon fiber inserts and the dark overall color. The angular quad headlights only come to improve the evil look.
Although it didn't have the rear wheel fairings of the "One of ten" version, our E V12 doesn't look that far from a batmobile as well, especially when viewing its side. Again, the color choice, rim design and size make all the difference.
As far as the design of the rear goes, it looks like almost any other E-Klasse, until you lay your eyes on the aerodynamic bumper, which includes a sculpted air diffuser and four sinister-looking tail pipes. The overall appearance, apart from being a bit ominous to the casual observer, is that of an understated sedan. You'd never think it can obliterate 90% of world's current supercar line-up on a deserted highway.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
I feared this moment would come some time. It did much sooner than I was... ahem... expecting, but what the heck, I'm going with it. I am obviously talking about the first time when I like everything, and I mean everything, about a car I test drive. This is how great the Brabus... ahem... E V12 is.
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