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The combination of newly developed BRABUS WIDESTAR widebody, naked carbon aerodynamic-enhancement components and tailor-made 23-inch BRABUS Monoblock “PLATINUM EDITION” hi-tech forged wheels lend the high-performance 4×4 an unmistakable appearance.
The BRABUS front spoiler lip attaches to the lower part of the front bumper and lends the SUV an even more distinctive face. What is more: the shape, which was optimized in the wind tunnel, reduces lift on the front axle at high speeds, thereby further improving the handling stability. The side air intakes in the front bumper are upgraded with tailor-made air deflectors with integrated LED side markers.
The BRABUS WIDESTAR widebody version for the GLS class celebrates its world premiere at the ESSEN MOTOR SHOW 2016. The bodywork conversion is characterized by muscular fender flares on the front and rear axle, which add eight centimeters (3.1 in) to the width of the large SUV.
The WIDESTAR flares are molded to the production front and rear bumpers of the GLS 63 with tailor-made extensions. In addition, the conversion includes the BRABUS aerodynamic-enhancement components designed to be used with or without the WIDESTAR modifications.
The rear bumper is upgraded with a new carbon diffusor insert, which provides the perfect backdrop for the two dual ceramic-coated tailpipes of the BRABUS high-performance exhaust with actively controlled exhaust flaps. The BRABUS roof spoiler adds the icing on the cake.
All BRABUS bodywork components are manufactured in OEM quality from PUR or carbon, consequently guaranteeing a perfect fit and problem-free paintability.
Wheel and Chassis Upgrades
The BRABUS WIDESTAR widebody also makes room for extreme tire variants. The large wheel wells of the GL-Class offer just enough space for installing forged 23-inch hi-tech wheels. The most exclusive option features BRABUS Monoblock “PLATINUM EDITION” h-tech forged wheels of size 11Jx23. Thanks to state-of-the-art manufacturing technology, these wheels perfectly combine lightweight design and maximum strength. The matching high-performance tires for the SUV come from BRABUS technology partner Continental. The vehicle can be fitted with high-performance street tires up to size 295/35 R 23 front and back.
The BRABUS chassis engineers developed a special control module for the AIRMATIC air suspension to optimize the driving dynamics further and to give the vehicle an even sportier appearance by lowering the ride height of the BRABUS 850 XL WIDESTAR and any stock GLS 63 by about 30 millimeters (1.2 in).
The luxury appointments of the BRABUS supercar of course also include an exquisite BRABUS fine leather interior. The interior appointments are tailored to customer specifications from a combination of especially soft and breathable Mastik leather and Alcantara. The vehicle featured here is fitted with a brown BRABUS all-leather interior with especially gorgeous braided-leather highlights to contrast with the black paint finish. Just as exclusive is the BRABUS precious-wood trim produced from grained ash wood.
Aluminum components such as pedals and door pins highlight the sporty character of the vehicle. BRABUS offers special aluminum paddle shifters with RACE design for even more precise gear changes when operating the SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission manually.
The name for this exclusive SUV comes from the BRABUS 850 6.0 Biturbo increased-displacement engine that produces a whopping 265 HP more power than its stock counterpart. The recipe for doing so is as elaborate as it is tried and proven: more displacement translates into more power, and for this reason, the company hi-tech engine shop increases the displacement of the eight-cylinder four-valve engine from stock 5,461 cc to 5912 cc (333 to 361 cu in). To this end, the cylinder bore is increased to 99 millimeters (3.89 in) and the engine is fitted with correspondingly larger forged pistons. A special precision-balanced billet crankshaft in concert with forged high-performance piston rods increases the stroke to 96 millimeters (3.77 in). In addition, the engineers optimize the two cylinder heads of the V-8 for mixture flow.
The engine bay is dominated by the BRABUS 850 intake module, which is manufactured from carbon and is specifically designed for the BRABUS increased-displacement engine. It is complemented by two newly designed air filter boxes with larger intake cross-section. Sophisticated carbon air ducts supply the intake with fresh combustion air. Just as crucial for the phenomenal performance upgrade is the newly designed forced induction system: the engineers developed modified exhaust manifolds to fit the engine with special BRABUS turbochargers with larger compressor units. To lower the charge air temperature, the intake tubes and charge pipes are fitted with special “Gold Heat Reflection” sheathing that stands out immediately. The increased-displacement engine also includes larger downpipes with a diameter of 75 millimeters (2.95 in), and metal catalysts. The last link in the chain is the BRABUS stainless high-performance exhaust system with actively controlled exhaust flaps for an active sound management. Drivers can switch between a throaty V-8 exhaust note in ‘Sport’ mode and a discreet whisper in ‘Coming Home’ mode at a touch of a button in the cockpit. The ceramic-coated tailpipes sport the BRABUS logo and stand out from the crowd visually as well.