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Extreme Mercedes SUV

2007-03-14 08:45

The Brabus Widestar is based on the Mercedes ML 63 AMG

At last week's Geneva Motor Show, German tuning company Brabus showcased the Widestar, a wide-track version of the Mercedes-Benz ML 63 AMG.

This beefed-up Mercedes SUV features a pimped-up front. The front bumper comes with three ai inlets and four integrated auxiliary headlights.

At the back there is a flashy rear spoiler and the rear fascia gets an integrated diffuser and cutouts for the four chrome tailpipes.

The flowing lines of the fender flares, front and back, increase vehicle width by 4cm. The extra centimetres benefit the car's appearance while the wider track improves handling.

The production V8 engine delivers 375 kW. Brabus fitted it 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 31kW to 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 Widestar can be equipped with a high-performance brake system.


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