Brabus G V12 S Biturbo Widestar based on Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 30, 2010

Brabus didn't hold back at all when it decided it wanted to be taken seriously at the Geneva Motor Show. The German tuning firm's display of severely modified vehicles had visitors taking more than a second glance. One of those that got the most attention is the Brabus G V12 S Biturbo Widestar off-roader, which made its world debut at the show.

This car is based on the Mercedes G-Klasse and is priced from 394,900 euros. Powering this car is a twin-turbo twelve-cylinder Brabus SV12 S engine with 700 hp / 515 kW at 5,100 rpm and with a peak torque f 1,320 Nm (973 lb-ft) at 2,100 rpm.

Brabus claims that top speed is rated at 365.7 km/h (227.2 mph), but it is limited electronically to 240 km/h (150 mph). The SUV is mated to a special five-speed automatic transmission and permanent four-wheel drive, enabling the car to sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 4.3 seconds.

The car was fitted with wider fenders, Brabus roof spoiler with integrated LED brake light, Brabus door moldings, stainless-steel running boards, LED lights and larger wheels and tires, ranging from 20 to 23 inches.

The most exclusive Brabus G V12 S Biturbo Widestar rides on three-piece 11Jx23 Monoblock E Platinum Edition alloy wheels on front and rear axle. In addition, Pirelli and Yokohama are supplying the tires in size 305/35 R 23.

For its interior, Brabus attached a computer system including a wireless LAN network and UMTS Internet connection. This concept can be upgraded to a high-tech multimedia system with a DVD changer, DVBT TV tuner and a game console.

Exterior Design

With a body derived from the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, the new Brabus Widestar version features a stunning yet dynamic exterior. The Brabus Widestar version is provided with dynamically formed fender flares that widen the body by around 12 centimeters (4.7 inches). These fender flares feature integrated air vents that help optimize venting of front and rear wheel houses.

Moreover, dazzling Brabus door moldings lend the vehicle a characteristic appearance. Taking care of egress and ingress are sturdy stainless-steel running boards that are illuminated by LED lights integrated into the front and rear Widestar fenders. These LED lights can be activated through the door handles or the keyless remote.

Brabus Widestar version boasts of fenders wide enough to house large wheels and tires. These Widestar wheels and tires can be specified in different sizes, with diameters ranging from 20 inches to 23 inches. Customers could even avail of the three-piece 11Jx23 Monoblock E PLATINUM EDITION alloy wheels on front and rear axle wrapped high-performance in Pirelli and YOKOHAMA tires in size 305/35 R 23.

The Brabus WIDESTAR version -- for all five-door G-Class models -- offers a wider track and an even more impressive appearance. The shape of the flares is continued by the front apron on both sides. The front apron also features large air ducts that supply cooling air for the front brakes.

Likewise, the shape of the apron helps reduce aerodynamic lift on the front axle. The front end of the vehicle features six integrated auxiliary headlights for optimal active safety. Below the primary headlights are Brabus LED daytime running lights that draw interest to the ‘Power G’ during the day.

The design of the front apron is continued on the opposite by the rear apron, especially with its fading flares and stylized under-ride guard. Furthermore, the WIDESTAR rear bumper features a centrally mounted reflector as well as a rear fog lamp and backup light on either side.

Completing the stunning looks of the rear end is the Brabus roof spoiler featuring integrated LED brake light. Powering the Brabus Widestar version is a G V12 S Biturbo engine. This powerplant is complemented by a comfortable bespoke suspension. Providing the stopping power is a high-performance brake system from Brabus, featuring 12-piston aluminum fixed calipers as well as 380-mm (15 inches) vented discs on the front axle.

Press Release

BRABUS G V12 S Biturbo WIDESTAR

The world’s most powerful off-roader now comes in a striking wide version: At the Geneva Motor Show 2010 the BRABUS G V12 S Biturbo WIDESTAR celebrates its world debut. This exclusive special model is powered by a twin-turbo twelve-cylinder engine with 700 hp (690 bhp) / 515 kW.

BRABUS builds the five-door by hand based on the latest Mercedes G-Class. Like all special models from BRABUS, accepted by the German Federal Vehicle Registration Agency (Kraftfahrtbundesamt) as an automobile manufacturer, the BRABUS G V12 S Biturbo WIDESTAR is available with an extensive list of luxury appointments. The ultra-powerful 4x4 starts at 394,900 Euros MSRP.

As the model designation indicates, the engine bay of the G-Class vehicle houses the BRABUS SV12 S engine originally developed for the BRABUS ROCKET with a top speed of 365.7 km/h (227.2 mph). The high-performance engine is based on the V12 Biturbo engine from the latest Mercedes S 600 model. In the state-of-the-art BRABUS engine shop displacement of the three-valve engine is increased from 5.5 to 6.3 liters (336 to 384 cu. in.) with the help of a special crankshaft with longer stroke, larger cylinder bore and larger pistons. In addition, the cylinder heads are re-machined and fitted with special camshafts.

The engine peripherals were upgraded with larger turbochargers, an optimized intercooling system and a stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system with free-flow metal catalysts. The exhaust was custom-developed for the G-Class and features dual chrome-plated tailpipes that exit in front of the rear wheels on either side. New precision mapping for the engine electronics coordinate the perfect interaction of all new components. The result is an exemplary smooth-running engine with maximum power yield that meets the strict limits set by the EURO IV emission norm.

In the G-Class the BRABUS S V12 S displacement engine produces 700 hp (690 bhp) / 515 kW at 5,100 rpm. The turbocharged twelve-cylinder engine delivers its peak torque of 1,320 Nm (973 lb-ft) at 2,100 rpm. In the car peak torque is electronically limited to 1,100 Nm (811 lb-ft).

The BRABUS G V12 S Biturbo offers acceleration performance almost unimaginable for a true off-roader: Combined with a special five-speed automatic transmission and permanent four-wheel drive the exclusive SUV catapults itself from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.3 seconds. Top speed is limited electronically to 240 km/h (150 mph). Without the self-imposed limit the high-tech G-Class model could reach 260 km/h (163 mph).

With the new BRABUS WIDESTAR version the designers have managed to lend the classic G-Class body an even more striking and dynamic profile. Powerfully shaped fender flares add 12 centimeters (4.7 inches) to the width of the body and optimize venting of front and rear wheel houses thanks to integrated air vents. Strikingly styled BRABUS door moldings give the 4x4 a highly distinctive appearance even when viewed from the side. Sturdy stainless-steel running boards facilitate entering and exiting the vehicle during the day and at night. LED lights integrated into the front and rear WIDESTAR fenders illuminate the running boards upon activation via the door handles or the keyless remote.

The wider fenders create space for extremely large wheels and tires. BRABUS offers WIDESTAR owners a wide selection of custom-tailored tire/wheel combinations with diameters ranging from 20 to 23 inches. The WIDESTAR version is available for all five-door G-Class models. The most exclusive option for the WIDESTAR features three-piece 11Jx23 Monoblock E PLATINUM EDITION alloy wheels on front and rear axle. The corresponding high-performance tires in size 305/35 R 23 are supplied by Pirelli and YOKOHAMA.

The BRABUS WIDESTAR version offers a wider track and an even more impressive appearance. The front apron continues the shape of the flares on both sides and its large air ducts provide the front brakes with an ample supply of cooling air. At the same time the apron’s sophisticated shape reduces lift on the front axle. Six stylishly integrated auxiliary headlights optimize active safety in low-light conditions. BRABUS LED daytime running lights below the main headlights call attention to the ‘Power G’ during the day.

The rear apron continues the design language of the front apron with its fading flares and stylized underride guard. In addition to the centrally mounted reflector the WIDESTAR rear bumper also houses a rear fog lamp and backup light on either side. The designer suit is rounded out with the BRABUS roof spoiler with integrated LED brake light.

For optimal handling BRABUS equips the special model G V12 S Biturbo with a comfortable custom suspension. To keep the enormous performance safely in check at all times the standard equipment also includes the BRABUS high-performance brake system with 12-piston aluminum fixed calipers and 380-mm (15.0 in.) vented discs on the front axle.

The custom interior of the BRABUS G V12 S Biturbo WIDESTAR is highly exclusive as well: It includes an ergonomically shaped sport steering wheel, a speedometer with 280-km/h scale (175-mph), stainless-steel scuff plates with illuminated BRABUS logo and a handcrafted BRABUS fully leather interior made from especially soft and breathable BRABUS Mastik leather.

Upon customer request BRABUS can transform the 4x4 into a fully functional and off-road capable office on wheels by installing a computer system including a wireless LAN network and UMTS internet connection. This concept can be upgraded to a high-tech multimedia system with a DVD changer, DVBT TV tuner and a game console.

Three screens display the images from the various sources: An electrically deployed 15.2-inch TFT display is integrated into the headliner. In addition, BRABUS has developed special consoles for the back of the front seats. They each feature a seven-inch LCD screen with integrated DVD player and an electrically deployed table. The sound is carried by infrared headphones.

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