(from Brabus Press
Release) World Debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2007
BRABUS WIDESTAR Based on the Mercedes ML 63:
An Exclusive Wide-Track Version with 23-Inch Wheels
and 550 hp / 405 kW
Sporty and dynamic, exclusive and powerful: These three attributes
best describe the BRABUS WIDESTAR. The special model based on the
Mercedes ML 63 celebrates its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show
2007. With the WIDESTAR BRABUS (www.brabus.com) presents not only a new and exciting wide-track
version of the SUV but also the new Monoblock E 23-inch forged
wheels and BRABUS B63 S performance tuning for the ML 63 with 550 hp
/ 404.8 kW.
The WIDESTAR concept, which is of course also available for all
current M-Class models, combines dynamic looks with maximum
functionality. The elegantly flowing lines of the fender flares
front and back increase vehicle width by four centimeters. The extra
centimeters benefit the car's appearance while the wider track
improves handling: The multi-piece BRABUS Monoblock E wheels in size
11Jx23 were custom-tailored for the wide-track version of the
M-Class. Their forged wheel center ensures an optimal symbiosis of
light-weight design and maximum strength. The new light-alloy wheels
are mounted with high-performance tires in size 315/25 R 23.
The BRABUS control module for the standard AIRMATIC air suspension
lowers the ride height of the vehicle by some 30 millimeters,
further contributing to more sporty road-handling characteristics.
The BRABUS WIDESTAR body conversion consists of add-on parts for the
doors, and rocker panels that create a more homogenous transition
between the fender flares. But that's not all: Complete front and
rear fascias replace their production counterparts front and back.
The front spoiler bumper with three striking air inlets and four
integrated auxiliary headlights lends the M-Class more passing clout
and minimizes lift on the front axle. In combination with the rear
spoiler the rear fascia with integrated diffuser and cutouts for the
four chrome tailpipes of the BRABUS stainless-steel sport exhaust
system provides the perfect aerodynamic balance.
Its well balanced aerodynamic properties make the BRABUS WIDESTAR a
perfectly suited to serve as the platform for a tuned version of the
ML 63. The latter was developed by the BRABUS motor engineers in
form of the B63 S performance kit. The production V8 engine delivers
510 hp / 375 kW. It is fitted with sport air filters and
high-performance metal catalysts as well as newly programmed engine
electronics with custom mapping for ignition and injection. Together
these measures result in an increase in power output by 40 hp / 31
kW to 550 hp / 404.8 kW. Simultaneously peak torque grows from 630
Nm to 650 Nm.
Vehicle performance benefits accordingly: The sprint from rest to
100 km/h is shortened to 4.9 seconds. The engine tuning and
installation of the BRABUS V/max unit increase the top speed from
250 km/h to 275 km/h.
To further optimize active safety the BRABUS WIDESTAR can be
equipped with a high-performance brake system. It features 12-piston
aluminum fixed calipers and vented and cross-drilled 380 x 36
millimeter discs on the front axle. Together with 355 x 28-mm brake
discs and 6-piston fixed calipers in the rear it provides the
impressive stopping power usually reserved for purebred sports cars.
Yet another BRABUS specialty for the Mercedes M-Class is the
creation of exclusive interior options: Stainless-steel door sills
with illuminated BRABUS logo, an ergonomically shaped sport steering
wheel and leather-covered door trim pieces to upgrade the factory
leather are all part of the program as are exclusive BRABUS fully
leather interiors made from meticulously crafted combinations of the
finest Mastik leather and Alcantara.
The production front seats are equipped with special rear consoles
that reach all the way to the headrests. They house seven-inch 16:9
LCD screens with integrated DVD player. Also available is a version
with an electric folding table made from precious wood.