Wider ist Better: 550-hp BRABUS Widestar - the ultimate ML63?

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BRABUS has taken the wraps off of a special M-Class that goes one step beyond the comparatively staid models offered by Mercedes-Benz. Though based on the range-topping ML63, all that you see on what BRABUS calls the Widestar Concept is available for any model in the range. The transformation begins with new body kit pieces that add a healthy does of aggression to the M-Class, but don't go overboard with cartoonish proportions. The design is highlighted by the extra wide fender flares that give the Widestar its name and also make room for large 23-inch BRABUS Monoblock E wheels. The German tuner also provides new front and rear fascias that look different but equally as good as the stock fascias. We especially like how the body kit is colored in a matte grey finish that contrasts with the glossy black finish of the vehicle underneath.

Of course, all of that eye candy only serves to back up what BRABUS does best, which is tune Mercedes-Benz vehicles. The Widestar is fitted with the company's B63 S performance kit that adds freer flowing air filters, new engine management software and other detail-oriented performance upgrades to boost power from 510 hp to 550 hp. That's enough to get this big ute to 62 mph in only 4.9 seconds. Likewise, BRABUS upgraded the brakes to scrub off all that extra speed. Up front the stock brake system is replaced with mighty 12-piston calipers, while the rears make do with six pots, all clamping down on larger discs.

Check out additional angles of the BRABUS Widestar in our high-resolution gallery and more impressions along with the official press release after the jump.

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The inside also receives the BRABUS touch in the form of a full leather interior that even covers the dash, some admittedly odd checkered trim that may or not be real carbon fiber, stainless steel door sills, and more. Being a top of the line ML-Class underneath, the Widestar also features headrest mounted DVD players with seven-inch screens.

Pricing has not been published yet for the components that comprise the Widestar, but as a whole the vehicle definitely falls under the category of "What Would Vader Drive?"


World Debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2007

BRABUS WIDESTAR Based on the Mercedes ML 63

An Exclusive Wide-Track Version with 23-Inch Wheels
and 550 hp / 405 kW

Sporty and dynamic, exclusive and powerful: These three attributes best describe the
BRABUS WIDESTAR. The special model based on the Mercedes ML 63 celebrates its world
debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2007. With the WIDESTAR BRABUS (Brabus-Allee, D-
46240 Bottrop, phone + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777 111, Internet
www.brabus.com ) presents not only a new and exciting wide-track version of the SUV but
also the new Monoblock E 23-inch forged wheels and BRABUS B63 S performance tuning
for the ML 63 with 550 hp / 404.8 kW.

The WIDESTAR concept, which is of course also available for all current M-Class models,
combines dynamic looks with maximum functionality. The elegantly flowing lines of the
fender flares front and back increase vehicle width by four centimeters. The extra
centimeters benefit the car's appearance while the wider track improves handling: The multi-
piece BRABUS Monoblock E wheels in size 11Jx23 were custom-tailored for the wide-track
version of the M-Class. Their forged wheel center ensures an optimal symbiosis of light-
weight design and maximum strength. The new light-alloy wheels are mounted with high-
performance tires in size 315/25 R 23.

The BRABUS control module for the standard AIRMATIC air suspension lowers the ride
height of the vehicle by some 30 millimeters, further contributing to more sporty road-
handling characteristics.

The BRABUS WIDESTAR body conversion consists of add-on parts for the doors, and
rocker panels that create a more homogenous transition between the fender flares. But that's
not all: Complete front and rear fascias replace their production counterparts front and back.
The front spoiler bumper with three striking air inlets and four integrated auxiliary headlights
lends the M-Class more passing clout and minimizes lift on the front axle. In combination with
the rear spoiler the rear fascia with integrated diffuser and cutouts for the four chrome
tailpipes of the BRABUS stainless-steel sport exhaust system provides the perfect
aerodynamic balance.

Its well balanced aerodynamic properties make the BRABUS WIDESTAR a perfectly suited
to serve as the platform for a tuned version of the ML 63. The latter was developed by the
BRABUS motor engineers in form of the B63 S performance kit. The production V8 engine
delivers 510 hp / 375 kW. It is fitted with sport air filters and high-performance metal catalysts
as well as newly programmed engine electronics with custom mapping for ignition and
injection. Together these measures result in an increase in power output by 40 hp / 31 kW to
550 hp / 404.8 kW. Simultaneously peak torque grows from 630 Nm to 650 Nm.

Vehicle performance benefits accordingly: The sprint from rest to 100 km/h is shortened to
4.9 seconds. The engine tuning and installation of the BRABUS V/max unit increase the top
speed from 250 km/h to 275 km/h.

To further optimize active safety the BRABUS WIDESTAR can be equipped with a high-
performance brake system. It features 12-piston aluminum fixed calipers and vented and
cross-drilled 380 x 36 millimeter discs on the front axle. Together with 355 x 28-mm brake
discs and 6-piston fixed calipers in the rear it provides the impressive stopping power usually
reserved for purebred sports cars.

Yet another BRABUS specialty for the Mercedes M-Class is the creation of exclusive interior
options: Stainless-steel door sills with illuminated BRABUS logo, an ergonomically shaped
sport steering wheel and leather-covered door trim pieces to upgrade the factory leather are
all part of the program as are exclusive BRABUS fully leather interiors made from
meticulously crafted combinations of the finest Mastik leather and Alcantara.

The production front seats are equipped with special rear consoles that reach all the way to
the headrests. They house seven-inch 16:9 LCD screens with integrated DVD player. Also
available is a version with an electric folding table made from precious wood.

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