How to buy a classic motorcycle in SA?

'There are a few things you need to consider,’ writes bike guru Dries Van der Walt.

Top family cars in SA

Wheels24's Janine Van der Post has gone from a 'SpeedQueen' to a supermom. Check out her list of top family cars.

Brabus drops 340kW V8 into Merc GL

2007-12-18 08:24
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Brabus
Model Widestar
Engine 6.1-litre V8
Power 340kW
Torque 615Nm
Zero To Hundred 6-seconds
Top Speed 255km/h
Tyres 23-inch magsm, 305/35mm tyres
Brabus have just the Christmas present for Merc SUV fans, a widebody GL-Class called, rather unoriginally, the Widestar.

Using the gargantuan GL as a departure point, Brabus fitted fender flares, adding five centimetres of width to the GL.

Corresponding rocker panels facilitating the safe entry and exit of the Widebody in dark areas thanks to their integrated entrance lights.

A front apron supplies a surfeit of cooling air to the radiator and front brakes, and reduces aerodynamic lift at high speeds.

The Widestar rear is no less radical and is characterised by a roof spoiler and rear apron custom-tailored to suit the flowing lines of the widened fenders.

A diffuser is integrated into the bumper to improve aerodynamic and stability, whilst precise cut-outs house four menacing tailpipes, all of which have been given the Brabus stainless-steel sport exhaust system treatment.

Huge wheels

With standard GL already riding on 19-inch mags, the modified Widestar could do with no less than 21-inchers.

Exclusive Brabus Monoblock three-piece mags, which have nine-spokes each and forged drop centre, are 23-inches and can be shod with either Pirelli or Yokohama high performance street tyres of 305/35mm. Less radical 22- and 21-inch options from the vast Brabus wheel range are also available.

With fleshed out styling, oversized wheels and tyres, the Widestar gains even more menacing presence by having it's ride height reduced by 30mm.

This is achieved by fitting a custom module to the GL-Class Airmatic air-suspension. The lowered centre of gravity benefits handling and stability.

For improved active safety and strong brake performance, Brabus offers 12-piston aluminium fixed calipers and vented and cross-drilled 380mm x 36mm discs on the front axle. The rear axle is fitted with six-piston fixed calipers, ensuring the Widebody always stops in time.

Obligatory power increase

The BRABUS D6 module increases maximum power output of the GL 320 CDI to 200 kW and a peak torque of 590 Nm at just 1,600 rpm, up from 165kW and 510Nm for the standard version.

For the V8 GL 500 Brabus offers a 6.1-litre engine as the most powerful version. With increased capacity it delivers 340 kW of power and a peak torque of 615 Nm. Equipped with this engine the 4x4 accelerates from 0 - 100 km/h in just 6.0 seconds and reaches a top speed of 255 km/h.

Bespoke interior

The Brabus in-house upholstery shop transforms customers' individual interior trim selections into masterfully crafted full leather interiors made from especially soft and breathable Mastik and Alcantara leathers.

The standard GL multimedia package can be expanded further with larger screens that deploy from the headliner, an on-board computer with Internet connectivity, and a MP3 player that stores more than 5,000 songs.


Inside Wheels24

Opel Astra 1.4T Enjoy auto – understated and smart new hatch

When it comes to the mid-size hatchback choice, there are a few default choices, a few bland ones… and some often overlooked cars. The Opel Astra hatch is an example of the latter, writes David Swanepoel. - Sponsored

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.