Well, this is a first — a "Black Series" car that isn't, you know, black. The 2012 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe Black Series ($TBA) is available in a non-ebony red colorway, and also features a fierce 6.3-liter V8 engine making 510 hp and good for a zero to 60 mph time of 4.2 seconds, an AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sports gearbox, an AMG sports suspension, 19-inch AMG alloy wheels, 3-phase ESP, a black interior with red accents, black DINAMICA microfiber upholstery, and AMG sport seats, and red brake calipers for that finishing touch.
Nestled snugly between the A4 and A6 sedans sits the 2012 Audi A5 ($47,500 and up). This mid-range two-door sports new front and rear end treatments, including LED daytime running lights, new colors, and a meaner look for the sporty S5. Other features include your choice between a 170hp 1.8 TFSI engine, a 211hp 2.0 TFSI, a supercharged 3.0 TFSI v6 good for 272hp, the 204hp, 3.0 turbo diesel, or the 333hp 3.0 TSFI of the S5, a six-speed manual, multitronic, or seven-speed S tronic transmission, front-wheel drive or quattro four-wheel drive, and sportback, coupe, or cabriolet bodies, as well as a host of electronic niceties that will please even the biggest gadget aficionados.
Let's see... you need a ridiculously fast car, with open-air credentials, and the ability to haul four people around comfortably. The Brabus 800 E V12 Cabriolet (€478,000; roughly $670,000) meets all these criteria and more. Based on the E-Class Cabriolet, the 800 sports a 788hp engine based on the V12 of the S 600, improved aerodynamics thanks to body modifications, 10-inch-wide, 19-inch wheels, a custom high-performance braking system, and the ability to go from 0-62 mph in just 3.7 seconds on your way to a top speed of 231.