The Twin-Turbo V12 Brabus Rocket Hits 217 MPH, Officially the World's Fastest Street-Legal Convertible

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German tuner Brabus specializes in making incredible machines even more amazing through the application of additional power and adding corresponding styling touches. But as the world's fastest and most-powerful convertible, the Brabus Rocket 900 Cabrio sets a new benchmark for the company's achievements.

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The Rocket 900 is Brabus's take on the Mercedes-Benz S65 Cabriolet, with the factory 6.0-liter V12 pumped up to 6.3 liters thanks to an increase of both bore and stroke. The engineers also installed larger turbos and larger-diameter exhaust pipes to flow more air, permitting the engine to achieve 888 horsepower and an almost incomprehensible 1,106 lb.-ft. torque rating.

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This industrial-strength output propels the Rocket to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds and to a terminal velocity greater than 217 mph.

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Active valves in the exhaust let the driver select whether to whisper around town like a proper Mercedes luxury car or whether to rattle the windows with the roar of its 888 horsepower.

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The customer-pleasing wizards at Brabus have made a critical upgrade that will thrill annoyed Mercedes owners by reprogramming the automatic engine stop/start system so that the driver's "on" or "off" selection remains in effect after shutting the car off. 

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This keeps the car from resetting to automatically employ Mercedes irritatingly unrefined engine stop/start start unless the driver remembers to press the "off" button every time they start the car.

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The Brabus Rocket 900 Cabrio officially debuts at next week's Frankfurt Motor Show, where perhaps the company will release the price tag for this beast.