• Aug 21, 2006
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Brabus is at it again. The latest vehicle that has been touched by its witchcraft is the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class SUV. Thanks to the automaker's GL marketing campaign, we know that it has the approximate cargo capacity of a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, resists impacts as if it's the last son of Krypton, and we figure that it's probably capable of making the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.

So, as a starting point, it's a pretty decent platform.

(More info, pics and press release after the jump)

[Source: Brabus]


The available Brabus mods are plentiful, and both gasoline and diesel engines are in on the fun. A performance tuning module is available for the GL 320 CDI, which bumps output from 224-hp to 272-hp, with a comensurate improvement in performance numbers.

GL 500 drivers have two upgrade paths to choose from. If they choose the B8 performance kit, the stock output of 388 horsepower rises to 419. That's nice and all, but if you're going to do something, do it with gusto and opt for the full Brabus 6.1L replacement engine. It pumps out 462-horses and 455 lb-ft of torque, giving the 2.5-ton GL a 6-second 0-62 time.

Brabus thinks stopping is important, too, so they offer a brake upgrade that includes 12-piston calipers and 15" discs in front and a 6-pot/13" combo in back. The big brakes hide behind a selection of available wheel/tire upgrades, and the whole car sits 30mm lower thanks to a new control module for the factory AIRMATIC suspension (if the donor car is so equipped).

The whole package is wrapped in a smart-looking bodykit that gives the GL a mean on-road presence, while the car's occupants ride surrounded by Brabus' full-leather custom interior. Do you need a Brabus-tuned GL? No, of course not, but it ranks pretty highly on the nice-to-have list.



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The BRABUS Tuning Program for the new GL-Class
Sporty yet Elegant Design and up to 462 hp / 340 kW

Sporty yet elegant design and engine tuning up to 462 hp / 340 kW: BRABUS (Brabus-Allee, D-
46240 Bottrop, phone + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777 111, Internet
www.brabus.com ) now offers an extensive individual program for the new Mercedes GL-Class.
All components are covered by the unique BRABUS Tuning Warranty® of three years up to
100,000 kilometers (see BRABUS warranty conditions as of June 2003).

BRABUS offers the world's largest engine tuning program for Mercedes-Benz automobiles,
which also benefits owners of the new GL-Class. For the GL 320 CDI the BRABUS engine
specialists have developed the BRABUS D6 (III) PowerXtra performance kit that is fully
compatible with the standard diesel particulate filter and meets Euro IV emission limits.

After the simple plug-and-play installation of the tuning module, an operation that can be
performed by any authorized Mercedes-Benz dealer, the engine produces a maximum power
output of 272 hp / 200 kW and a bullish peak torque of 590 Nm at just 1,600 rpm. Performance
improves accordingly: Compared to the production car (9.5 seconds) the sprint time from rest to
100 km/h is shortened to 8.9 seconds, top speed increases from 210 to 218 km/h.

For the GL 500 the BRABUS engine tuning program ranges from the B8 performance kit for a
maximum power output of 419 hp / 308 kW to the 462-hp / 340-kW BRABUS 6.1 displacement
engine for the same model. Equipped with this V8 engine whose displacement has been
enlarged from 5.5 to 6.1 liters the SUV accelerates from 0 – 100 km/h in just 6.0 seconds and
reaches a top speed of 255 km/h. The engine also delivers an impressive peak torque of 615
Nm at 3,100 rpm.

All BRABUS engines are lubricated exclusively with ARAL high-performance motor oil. For all
GL-Class engine variants BRABUS offers custom-calibrated BRABUS stainless-steel sport
exhaust systems with four chromed tailpipes.

To give the new top-of-the-line SUV an even more customized and exclusive appearance
BRABUS offers a sporty yet elegantly styled design package. The package components are
made from Pur-R-Rim thus making them easy to paint and ensuring OEM quality as well as
perfect fit.

The BRABUS on-road front fascia was designed to replace the lower part of the stock bumper.
The front fascia with its large air inlets gives the SUV an even more dynamic appearance and
reduces lift on the front axle at high speed. The GL front can be further upgraded with BRABUS
headlamp inserts with two fog lamps and two high beams each.

The BRABUS rocker panels for the GL-Class provide a more favorable aerodynamic transition
between front and rear wheel houses. But that's not all: Integrated entrance lights and chrome
trim strips combine elegant design and added safety. The entrance lights are activated with the
keyless-entry remote or by pulling on a door handle.

The BRABUS designer suit for the largest Mercedes SUV is rounded out by a rear fascia with
integrated diffuser and cutouts for the BRABUS sport exhaust system with four tailpipes. The
program also features an understated rear spoiler that is attached to the liftgate.

The exclusive BRABUS look is further characterized by custom-tailored BRABUS Monoblock
wheels in three different designs and sizes from 18 to 22 inches in diameter. The classic
polished Monoblock VI design with six double spokes is available for the GL-Class either as
multi-piece light-alloy rims in size 9.5Jx20 with size 295/45 ZR 20 tires or as one-piece 10Jx22
wheels with 295/35 ZR 22 tires.

The range of fully polished BRABUS Monoblock S light-alloy wheels with five curved double
spokes includes sizes 8Jx18, 8.5Jx19 and 9.5Jx19 for use with the production tires and
culminates in the especially exclusive 10Jx22 option.

BRABUS also offers the new Monoblock E wheel family with nine silver painted spokes and
polished flange for the GL models. Customers can choose between 9.5Jx20 and 10Jx22 wheels
with custom-tailored tires from BRABUS technology partners Pirelli and Yokohama.

Custom-calibrated to these sporty tire/wheel combinations is the BRABUS control module for
GL-Class models equipped with AIRMATIC air suspension. It lowers the ride height by some 30
millimeters.

For further improved active safety of the new SUV BRABUS offers various versions of its high-
performance brake systems. The top-of-the-line version features 12-piston fixed aluminum
calipers with vented and perforated 380 x 36 millimeter discs on the front axle. In combination
with six-piston fixed calipers and 355 x 28 mm brake discs on the rear axle they provide
stopping power normally reserved for purebred sports cars.

Another BRABUS specialty for the new Mercedes GL-Class lies in exclusive interior options:
Stainless-steel door sills with illuminated BRABUS logo or an ergonomically shaped sport
steering wheel are part of the product lineup as are exclusive BRABUS fully leather interiors
precision-crafted from a combination of the finest Mastik leather and Alcantara.

The BRABUS interior designers have further developed special seat consoles for the backs of
the front seats. These consoles feature a seven-inch LCD screen and an integrated DVD
player. An even more exclusive version of these consoles also includes an electrically deployed
table.


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  • 8 Comments
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am amazed by the real life size of this vehicle. It's not unusual to see them in the affluent neighborhoods of brookline and 'metrowest.' The seating is so low, the passengers look like shrunk people looking out over the windowsills and over the steering wheel, it is that odd of a size. It seems as long and hearse-like as the last generation Roadmaster, Caprice, VistaCruiser wagons form GM...only a lot higher.
      The styling of the GL can't carry the add-on tricks without looking cheap. It struggled in it's massive shape in base form, to just succeed as quirky and door stop clean. But this cladding and blackout look is too cheap a trick for a car of this size.
      Of all the tricked out aftermarket SUV's/crossover, I still think the Chevy Traiblazer SS is the cleanest, most elegant design out there after the ridiculously priced new Range Rover. It is a scorcher of a drivetrain too. The interior of the SS is really lacking, unfortunately.
      • 8 Years Ago
      and after all that engine work and money, its still a bloated unwieldy SUV.

      I'm sure it'll look great with spinners on it though :/

      • 8 Years Ago
      Erik, I'll make a note to look up a number. Where I live (Fairfield Cty, CT), they're popping up everywhere. (I just saw two while I was out at lunch.) The R-Class is well-represented on the roads here as well. Where are you located, out of curiosity? It's always interesting to hear what people in different areas are seeing on the street.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This new mercedes benz is quite well constructed and I'm willing to believe very reliable, although I do agree it looks a little honda like but I would still buy it. I do think that SUVs in general on on the way down though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      when i saw photo, it's looks like new grand cherokee:)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I live in Atlanta in the Midtown/Buckhead area. And we love nice cars and love to drive in this city. I haven't seen too many of them on the road. I have seen a few and they're not very impressive. They're very Honda/Acura looking to me. That's ok, but not if you're buying a Mercedes. The R-Class is just ugly. That car has identity issues. It doesn't know if it's a minivan or SUV hiding the fact that its a minivan. Mercedes should stick with building sedans and their SL. They've been off the mark with all of their SUVs!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Does it come with that cool see-through hood?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm in Nashville, Tennessee. Despite people's preconceptions, we usually get a pretty good mix of vehicles around here, and there's a ton of Escalades running around, so it's not like there's no market here for full-size luxury SUVs.