2011 Geneva Motor Show: Brabus 800 Widestar takes the G-Class to another level

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 3, 2011

On the 2011 Geneva Motor Show floor, Brabus’ tuning kit for the three-pointed star Mercedes-Benz G-Class has received a lot of admiration. Brabus has created the world’s most potent off-roader with a V12 that can deliver 800hp. At the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, Brabus had presented the 700hp G V12 S Biturbo Widestar. The increase in power comes from the same V12 bi-turbo engine, which has the capacity to operate at full throttle from 5,500 rpm. The huge torque levels, 1,420 Nm, can be attained close to idle, at only 2,100 rpm. 

Brabus was able to make the most powerful G in the world to reach some outstanding performance figures. The model is able to go from zero to 100 km/h in seconds. It has an electronically limited top speed of 240 km/h. To be able to manage the power, the brakes and suspension were also modified. 

But other than these upgrades mentioned, the new Widestar is very similar to the one introduced last year. In terms of appearance, there are few differences between the two versions. The most visible revisions compared to the standard production variant would be the wide body kit, new set of wheels and a luxurious new interior.

Exterior Design

In addition to having a wider track, the BRABUS WIDESTAR version also sports a more impressive appearance. Flares are placed on each side and whose shape is continued by the front apron. This front apron has air inlets that help supply the front brakes and engine with cooling air.

Furthermore, the sophisticated contour helps lower the lift experienced by the front axle. In order to optimize the active safety especially at night, six stylishly auxiliary headlights have been installed. At daytime, BRABUS LED daytime running lights placed just under the main headlamps focus attention to its power-G. With the stylized underride guard and the narrow flares, this particular design style observed on its front apron is also present in the rear apron.

Its WIDESTAR rear bumper has a reflector that is centrally mounted with backup light and fog lamp on each side. Rounding off this design is the BRABUS roof spoiler that comes with the integrated LED brake light. To combine amazing ride comfort with sporty handling, the BRABUS 800 WIDESTAR is equipped with the state-of-the-art smooth-ride BRABUS Ride Control suspension. Working with technology partner BILSTEIN, the company came out with the BRABUS high-tech suspension system that has the two-way electronic adjustable shock absorbers located on the front and the back.

An aluminum button is in the center console which carries the BRABUS logo and by simply pressing the button, it enables the driver to choose between two modes. The first is the comfort mode which allows this off-road vehicle to deliver amazing ride comfort.

In situations when the driver wants to have a more spirited driving or run at higher speeds, there is a firmer damping setting that improves dynamic handling and enhances safety reserves. Even the Ride Control suspension has the automatic damper adjustment. There are sensors that are programmed to detect different parameters like steering angle, lateral acceleration, and speed.

Based on these different factors, the system determines whether a critical situation is eminent and then immediately switches in less than a second to a firmer sport setting. This sportier damper configuration helps increase even further the directionality stability of this 4x4.

When the vehicle shifts to a moderate driving style, the CAN control unit switches back the shock absorbers to the comfort position. Its BRABUS high-performance brake system is another example of its active safety feature. Fitted to its front axle are the fixed aluminum six-piston calipers with vented discs having a diameter of 380 mm (15 inches) and the rear axle having the fixed aluminum four-piston calipers that had the discs measuring 345 mm (13.6 inches) in diameter.

Interior Design

Even the cockpit of this BRABUS 800 WIDESTAR exhibits individuality and exclusivity. Its interior features the stainless-steel scuff plates that are illuminated with the BRABUS logo, speedometer displaying a 280-km/h (182-mph) dial, and the sport ergonomically-shaped steering wheel.

The interior comes with the breathable and soft BRABUS Alcantara and Mastik leather that can comes in a wide-range of colors. It is clear that the interior can be customized to fit the owner’s specific taste.

Customer can even select different upholstery designs in addition to choosing the colors for the wood trim. While the wood elements can be finished with the exclusive yachting design, this is only available upon request.

Press Release

BRABUS 800 WIDESTAR The World's Most Powerful Off-Roader

It's all in the name: The BRABUS 800 WIDESTAR, the world's most powerful off-roader, is powered by a twelve-cylinder bi-turbo high-capacity engine with a rated power output of 800 hp (788 bhp) / 588 kW. It takes the crown from its predecessor made by the same company, the BRABUS G V12 S with 700 hp (690 bhp) / 515 kW. Visually the power off-roader sets itself apart with its WIDESTAR wide-body equipment and 23-inch BRABUS "PLATINUM EDITION" forged wheels.

BRABUS (Brabus-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777 111, Internet www.brabus.com) builds the five-door vehicle by hand based on the current Mercedes G-Class. Like all special models from BRABUS, recognized by the German Federal Vehicle Registration Agency as a car manufacturer, the BRABUS 800 WIDESTAR is available with an extensive luxury equipment package.

As the name indicates, the BRABUS 800 V12 Biturbo engine is implanted into the engine bay of the G-Class. The elaborate implantation of the twelve-cylinder engine is as much a masterwork as is its design, which is based on the V12 bi-turbo engine from the current Mercedes S 600 model.

The basis for the enormous increase in power is the displacement increase. Displacement of the three-valve engine is increased from 5.5 to 6.3 liters (336 to 384 cubic inches) in the state-of-the-art BRABUS engine shop with the help of a special crankshaft with longer stroke and larger pistons and corresponding cylinder bore. Additionally the cylinder heads are optimized for mixture flow and fitted with special camshafts.

The engine peripherals now include an entirely new intake system and the BRABUS 800 bi-turbo system with two special manifolds with integrated turbine housings and high-performance turbochargers, and four water-to-air intercoolers. This ensemble is joined by a stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system custom-developed for the BRABUS 800. It features free-flow metal catalysts and four chrome tailpipes that exit in pairs in front of both rear wheels.

Precision mapping for engine electronics coordinate the perfect interaction of all new components and ensures exemplary smoothness, maximum power yield and low emissions.

With these modifications the engine in the BRABUS 800 WIDESTAR delivers a staggering rated power output of 800 hp (788 bhp) / 588 kW at 5,500 rpm and an even more impressive peak torque of 1,420 Nm (1,047 lb-ft), already available from a low 2.100 rpm. In the vehicle peak torque is limited electronically to 1,100 Nm (811 lb-ft). The high-tech lubricants for the entire powertrain come from technology partner ARAL.

Driving performance speaks for itself: Combined with a reinforced five-speed automatic transmission and permanent four-wheel drive the engine shoots the BRABUS 800 WIDESTAR from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.0 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 240 km/h (149 mph). Without the limiter the high-performance off-roader would be capable of reaching 270 km/h (168 mph).

In keeping with its unique performance the BRABUS supercar also sports a delectable exterior: The BRABUS WIDESTAR wide-body version lends the classic G-Class body an even more striking and dynamic profile.

The powerfully shaped fender flares add 12 centimeters (4.7 in.) to the body width. They feature integrated air outlets for optimized venting of the wheel wells. Strikingly styled door moldings give the sides of the G-Class high recognition value. Sturdy stainless-steel running boards facilitate entering and exiting of the vehicle day and night. LED lights integrated into the front and rear WIDESTAR fenders illuminate the running boards whenever a door handle is pulled or the keyless fob is operated.

The WIDESTAR fender flares create space for extremely large wheels and tires. BRABUS offers the owner of the wide-body version, which is also available for all regular five-door G-Class models, a wide range of custom-tailored tire/wheel combinations with diameters between 20 and 23 inches. The most exclusive option for the 800 WIDESTAR features size 11Jx23 wheels front and back. Customers can choose from two newly developed forged wheels, the three-piece Monoblock E evo "PLATINUM EDITION" design or the one-piece Monoblock F "PLATINUM EDITION" wheel. The high-performance tires in size 305/35 R 23 come from Pirelli or YOKOHAMA.

The BRABUS WIDESTAR version offers not just a wider track but also an even more impressive appearance. The front apron continues the shape of the flares on both sides and provides the engine and front brakes with cooling air through generously dimensioned air inlets. At the same time its sophisticated contour also reduces lift on the front axle. Six stylishly integrated auxiliary headlights optimize active safety at night. During the day the BRABUS LED daytime running lights below the main headlamps draw attention to the power-G.

The design style of the front apron with its tapered flares and stylized underride guard is continued on the rear apron. The WIDESTAR rear bumper features a centrally mounted reflector and a fog lamp and backup light on either side. The designer suite is rounded out by the BRABUS roof spoiler with integrated LED brake light.

For a perfect combination of sporty handling and excellent ride comfort the BRABUS 800 WIDESTAR comes equipped with the innovative BRABUS Ride Control smooth-ride suspension. The BRABUS high-tech suspension system was developed in cooperation with technology partner BILSTEIN, and features two-way electrically adjustable shock absorbers front and back.

At the push of an aluminum button with BRABUS logo on the center console the driver can manually choose between two setups: In comfort mode the off-roader offers exemplary ride comfort. At higher speeds or for more spirited driving selecting the firmer damper setting results in more dynamic handling and further increased safety reserves.

Additionally the BRABUS Ride Control suspension features automatic damper adjustment. When the vehicle sensors detect that certain parameters such as speed, lateral acceleration and steering angle might lead to a critical situation the system automatically switches to the firmer sport setting within milliseconds. The sportier damper setup further increases the directional stability of the 4x4. The CAN control unit also detects a return to a more moderate driving style. It then automatically switches the shock absorbers back to the comfort position.

Another active safety feature is the BRABUS high-performance brake system. The front axle is fitted with six-piston aluminum fixed calipers and vented discs with a diameter of 380 millimeters (15.0 inches). The rear stops on four-piston aluminum fixed calipers and 345-mm discs (13.6 inches).

The cockpit of the BRABUS 800 WIDESTAR is exclusive and individual. The equipment list includes an ergonomically shaped sport steering wheel, a speedometer with 280-km/h (182-mph) dial and stainless-steel scuff plates with illuminated BRABUS logo.

The BRABUS interior is custom-tailored to suit the individual owner's taste and the especially soft and breathable BRABUS Mastik leather and Alcantara is available in a multitude of colors. Customers can also choose from various upholstery designs and the wood trim can be manufactured in any desired color. Upon request the wood elements can even be finished in the especially exclusive yachting design.

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