Mercedes-benz Brabus Widestar Unveiled

By: Dwyane Thomas

If there are adjectives to describe the Mercedes Brabus Widestar it's going to be -sporty and dynamic, exclusive and powerful. This special model is based on the Mercedes ML 63 which has made its debut at the 2007 Geneva Motors Show.

The new Brabus Widestar offers a refreshing and exciting wide track version of the Mercedes ML 63 SUV with its Monoblock E 23-inch forged wheels and Brabus B63 S performance tuning that produces 550 hp/404.8 kW.

The Widestar concept is not only applicable for the Brabus but also to other current M-Class models that combine vibrant looks with a high level of functionality. The graceful flow of lines of the fender flares both at the front and back increases the vehicle's width by four centimeters which in turn enhances the vehicle's appearance.

The wider track of the Brabus boosts handling performance. The multi-piece Brabus Monoblock E wheels with size 11Jx23 were specially modified for the wide track version of the M-Class. The forged wheel center creates a symbiosis of strength and light-weight design. Its new light alloy wheels are mounted with high performance tires in size 315/25 R 23.

The sporty road handling qualities of the Brabus is brought about by its 30 millimeters lowered ride height caused by the control module for the standard AIRMATIC air suspension. The body conversion of the Brabus includes add-on parts for the doors and rocker panels that results to a uniform transition between the fender flares. The complete front and rear fascias replace their production front and back counterparts.

The Brabus front spoiler bumper with its three striking air inlets and four integrated auxiliary headlight minimizes lift on the front axle. The combination of the rear spoiler, the rear fascia with integrated diffuser and the cutouts for the four chrome tailpipes of the Brabus' stainless-steel sport exhaust system creates a flawless aerodynamic balance.

The well balanced aerodynamic properties of the Brabus Widestar would serve the perfect platform for a tuned version of the ML 63. The Brabus motor engineers are developing the tuned version of the ML 63 using the B63 S performance kit.

The production V8 engine that is equipped on the Brabus Widestar delivers 510 hp/ 375 kW. It is modified using sport air filters and high-performance metal catalysts combined with newly programmed engine electronics that comes complete with custom mapping for ignition and injection. All these factors increase power output by 40 hp/31 kW to 550 hp/404.8 kW. And together they produce a peak torque that increases from 630 Nm to 650 Nm.

The Brabus Widestar can reach 0 to 100 km/h in a matter of 4.9 seconds. Its Brabus V/max unit boosts the top speed from 250 km/h to 275 km/h. And if there is one thing that Mercedes-Benz can be proud of its in terms of safety features. The Brabus Widestar with a high-performance brake system with components such as , 12piston aluminum fixed calipers and vented and cross-drilled 380 x 36 millimeters discs on the front axle. There is also a 355 x 28 mm and 6-piston fixed calipers in the rear which gives the Brabus an impressive stopping power likened to those purebred sport cars.

The Brabus Widestar is also given exclusive interior options which features stainless-steel door sills with illuminated Brabus logo, an ergonomically shaped sport steering wheel and upgraded factory leather-covered door trim pieces made from meticulously crafted combinations of the finest Mastik leather and Alcantara.

The production front seats are equipped with special rear consoles that extend all the way to the headrests and housed a seven-inch 16:9 LCD screens which is integrated in a DVD player. An electric folding table made from precious wood is also available as an option.

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