• Aug 5, 2010
Brabus Smooth-Ride Suspension – Click above for high-res image gallery

Brabus has developed an electronically controlled suspension for the Mercedes G-Class, replacing the standard units with gas-pressure shocks with adjustable valves that go from "extra comfortable" to "sporty comfortable." Actuation is handled via a knob installed just above the shifter, and swapping your comfort takes a scant five milliseconds. When we drove the G we were pleased with its balance of suspension compliance and firmness, but we wouldn't be against sharpening it, even at Brabus prices. Follow the jump for the presser and see the difference some shocks make in the gallery of high-res photos below.



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The Smooth-Ride Suspension for all G-Class Models:
The New Electronically Adjustable BRABUS Ride Control Suspension


Many owners of a Mercedes G-Class long for a smoother ride without compromising the high level of driving safety: The new innovative push-button Ride Control Suspension from BRABUS (Brabus-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777 111, Internet www.brabus.com) combines exceptional ride comfort with sporty handling and ample safety reserves.

The custom BRABUS Ride Control Suspension comprises newly developed gas-pressure shocks for front and rear axle that replace the production components. An elegant aluminum control switch, stylishly integrated into the center console in front of the shifter, lets drivers choose between 'extra comfortable' and 'sporty comfortable' damper settings.

The BRABUS Ride Control controller commands the electronically controlled valves in each shock absorber to switch to the selected mode and thus to dampen softer or firmer. Switching damper rates takes just five milliseconds and can be done while the vehicle is moving.

Upon engine start the system automatically pre-selects the last active setting prior to engine stop. The sport mode is indicated by a blue-illuminated selector switch.

The advantages of the innovative BRABUS suspension concept for the G-Class are apparent: In normal driving mode it provides notably higher ride comfort than the production car, which is especially beneficial at low speeds as well as on rough roads or in terrain. At higher speeds selecting the firmer sport damper settings offer more dynamic handling and further increased safety reserves.

The BRABUS Ride Control custom suspension is available for all Mercedes G-Class models regardless of body style from the G 350 CDI to the G 500 (US G550) and the G 55 AMG.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      NO NO NO

      Ride control bring your camera into sharp focus.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is seriously the funniest thing I have seen all week. The two pictures are so clearly identical and one is motion blurred in Photoshop. No actual work required:)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Whatever happened to proper active suspension? I want to buy an aftermarket suspension kit that allows me do drive over speed bumps at 30mph and not feel them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So basically they slapped on some (2-5 way) adjustable coil-overs and added servos to work the valving?

      I'm more impressed with the Magnetorheologic units...those things are sweet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Im not convinced they're even coil-overs. THe reaction time seems awful fast for anything mechanical though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ride control directly interfaces with the truck's Motion Blur Filter.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's an old-style, supremely offroad capable SUV, with three locking differentials and solid axles front and rear. If you want something that rides gently, why would you get this truck?
      • 4 Years Ago
      worst comparison photos ever
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree on the cheesy photoshop job! But even though I'm generally not a suv guy, I always loved the g-wagons edgy look!

      Btw these wheels are monstrous!

      • 4 Years Ago
      Can someone explain the pictures to me? Why is one blurry and one is not? That makes it seem like the person taking the pictures has ride control on and off - not the vehicle they're photographing.

      I'm confused.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think it might be a joke relating to Microsoft's recent alogrithm thingamajig:

        http://www.engadget.com/2010/08/02/microsoft-algorithm-uses-six-axis-motion-sensors-to-fix-blurry-s/
        • 4 Years Ago
        The car without ride control should be red. Then it would make sense.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ride control = adjusts shutter speed?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yea, I'm pretty sure that's not ride control, but image stabilization they need.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Brabus Photoshop Filter Set?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Autoblog's sense of humor is often lost on people, so don't feel bad.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's just lazy photoshopping. Select the car, blur it a bit, and ta-da! A car that clearly has a worse ride than the other.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It shows how Brabus thinks of the consumers as a whole bunch of idiots they can fool by photoshopping one of 2 identical pictures.

        Brabus = scam
      • 4 Years Ago
      So... if I take a picture, and then copy it and make the car look fuzzy, and put the two pics next to each other, I can sell my own ride control system?
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOL @ photos
      • 4 Years Ago
      Adobe is going to make a fortune selling this new Automotive Technology.
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