Brabus Widestar based on the Mercedes-Benz M-Class

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

The updated SUV rests on gigantic 23-inch forged rims, plus suspension modifications and power tuning for the whole range of engines of this model series. The specially designed, three-piece Brabus Monobloc E wheels, which are intended for the WIDESTAR and are clothed in high-performance rubber in size 315/25 R 23 front and rear, come in size 11Jx23 and include forged wheel wells, creating an optimal combination of lightweight design and maximum mechanical strength.

Ride height of the Brabus is effectively lowered by about 30mm (1.2 inches) by the control module for the standard ARIMATIC air suspension which results in sportier handling on the road.

Included in the WIDESTAR body conversion package are door trim elements and rocker panels that provide a fitting flow between the front and rear fender flares. To reduce lift on the front axle the M-Class has a front spoiler bumper that comes with three striking air vents, four secondary headlights and daytime running lights.

The front and rear production aprons were replaced with new ones, with the rear apron featuring a built-in diffuser and cutouts to accommodate the chrome-pated tailpipes of the Brabus stainless steel quad sport exhaust system producing a magnificent aerodynamic balance in conjunction with the rear spoiler.

Stopping power comes from a high performance brake system that includes a 12-piston aluminum fixed calipers that grip the front disc which measures 360x28mm (14.2x1.1 inches) while the rear axle has six-piston fixed calipers. The ML 280 CDI features now the Brabus ECO PowerXtra D5 (III) capable to produce an extra 52 hp (38 kW).

The ML 320 CDI Brabus features the D6 (III) power kit and delivers to 272 hp or 200 kW while the torque is impressive: 590 Nm at just 1,600 rpm. The powerful ML 420 CDI comes with the Brabus ECO PowerXtra D8 (III) power kit developing 350 hp (257 kW) and 800 Nm of torque. The ML 420 CDI sprints from 0 - 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6 seconds, with half a second less than the production car while the top speed is increased from 235 to 245 km/h (147 to 153 mph).

For the gasoline engines, the B7 power kit which increases power output of the ML 350 to 287 hp (211 kW) and the ML500 to 462 hp (340 kW). The most powerful ML comes with the B63 S power kit for the ML 63: 550 hp (404.8 kW) making it capable to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 275 km/h (172 mph). Included in the exclusive interior package are stainless steel scuff plates that come with the highlighted Brabus brand name, a sport steering wheel that is ergonomically designed, and leather-covered door parts.

Available interior option includes an all-leather interior with the combination of the highest grade Mastik and Alcantara leathers. More BRABUS innovation consists of the carbon fiber components for the interior including a 'Checkered Flag' surface structure reminiscent of the checkered flag utilized in motorsports. Consoles are installed at the rear of the headrests of the front seats with 7-inch LCD screens and an aspect ratio of 16:9 and built-in DVD player.

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