BRABUS WIDESTAR widebody versions have been extremely popular among the friends of exclusive luxury SUVs for many years. The German vehicle refinement specialist now logically continues this philosophy with a thrilling bodywork conversion for the Mercedes GLS-Class. When sporty-elegant design by BRABUS meets a powerful increased-displacement engine to boot, the result is a supercar that could not be any more characteristic for BRABUS. The BRABUS 850 XL WIDESTAR, developed based on the top-of-the-line model of the new Mercedes GLS-Class, the GLS 63 4MATIC, delivers a host of superlatives.
The twin-turbo eight-cylinder engine with a displacement increased to six liters (366 cu in) produces an enormous output of 625 kW / 850 hp (838 bhp) and a peak torque of 1,450 Nm (1,069 lb-ft).
The high-end SUV accelerates from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.2 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 300 km/h (186 mph).
The combination of the 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. Just as exclusive is the customization of the interior with a BRABUS fine leather interior and newly designed BRABUS precious-wood trim, both crafted with consummate workmanship in every minute detail.
The engine bay is dominated by the BRABUS 850 intake module
The name for this exclusive SUV comes from the BRABUS 850 6.0 twin-turbo increased-displacement engine that produces a whopping 195 kW / 265 hp (261 bhp) 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 5,912 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 conrods increases the stroke to 96 millimeters (3.77 in). In addition, the engineers optimize the two cylinder heads of the V8 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 V8 exhaust note in ‘Sport’ mode and a discreet whisper in ‘Coming Home’ mode at a touch of a button in the cockpit. On the vehicle on display, the ceramic-coated design tailpipes with BRABUS logo feature a highly heat-resistant coating of the same black color as the bodywork.
From rest, the BRABUS SUV weighing in at more than 2.6 tons accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.2 seconds
The perfect calibration of all high-performance components by the BRABUS power unit engineers and electronics specialists is the result of extensive bench and road tests. The professional execution of all work ensures not only an optimal power output, but also a long service life beyond reproach. BRABUS vouches for this with the exemplary three-year, 100,000-km/62,000-mile BRABUS Tuning Warranty (see BRABUS Warranty Terms and Conditions, updated July 2013). BRABUS recommends high-performance lubricants from MOTUL. The huge amount of work is reflected in unrivalled performance figures: a power output of 625 kW / 850 hp (838 bhp) at a low 5,400 rpm is equally a benchmark in this category of vehicles as is the phenomenal peak torque of 1,450 Nm (1,069 lb-ft), which is on tap on a flat plateau between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm. As a result, the BRABUS 850 XL WIDESTAR delivers a performance on par with a full-blooded sports car: From rest, the SUV weighing in at more than 2.6 tons accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.2 seconds. Due to the vehicle’s weight, the top speed is limited electronically to 300 km/h (186 mph).
As an option, BRABUS also offers two performance upgrades to 464 kW / 630 hp or 515 kW / 700 hp (622 or 691 bhp) for the Mercedes GLS 63 S
It goes without saying that the aerodynamics, tires and suspension are also adapted to the tremendous power of the BRABUS 850 XL. The BRABUS WIDESTAR widebody version for the GLS-Class is a new addition. The bodywork conversion is characterized by the muscular front and rear fender flares, which add eight centimeters 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. The additional naked carbon design elements, which attach aft of the front and rear fender flares on both sides, add decidedly sporty highlights. In addition, the designers developed BRABUS aerodynamic-enhancement components for the front and rear of the luxury SUV designed to be used with or without the WIDESTAR conversion.
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 rear bumper is upgraded with a new carbon diffuser 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. For a particularly homogeneous design, all chrome parts and even the running boards were painted the same black color as the bodywork.
The luxury appointments of the BRABUS supercar of course also includes a classy BRABUS fine leather interior
The BRABUS WIDESTAR widebody also makes room for extreme tire variants. The large wheel wells of the GLS-Class offer just enough space for installing forged 23-inch hi-tech wheels. The most exclusive option features BRABUS Monoblock “PLATINUM EDITION” hi-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 suspension engineers developed a special control module for the AIRMATIC air suspension to further optimize the driving dynamics and 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 includes a classy BRABUS fine leather interior. For contrast to the black paint finish, the vehicle presented at the Geneva Motor Show 2018 is fitted with a BRABUS dark brown all-leather interior finished with utmost precision. The seat surfaces and the center sections of the door panels feature a special quilting pattern applied with pinpoint accuracy. In addition, they were fitted with a high-precision perforation. The BRABUS 850 logos embroidered on the head restraints indicate the engine of the all-wheel-drive supercar. The cockpit trim inlays, which for this vehicle were manufactured new from fine walnut burl, demonstrate the same love of detail.
The vehicle is amplified by tailor-made BRABUS carbon components for the dashboard and door panels
The individual seats for the rear compartment are a particularly exclusive BRABUS special development. The two heated and ventilated power seats with multicontour adjustment, massage function and memory feature are separated by the new BRABUS center console. The innovative interior component looks great, sporting the same fine leather as the rest of the interior. What is more: The console also offers a host of practical functions. The integrated BRABUS Touch Control Panel, which in standby mode displays a clock in BRABUS design, controls all seat functions in the rear. The front passenger seat can be move forward for added legroom, the volume of the COMAND system can be adjusted and the LED reading lights integrated into the headliner above the seats can be turned on and off. A special USB multimedia port in the top of the console allows connecting a smartphone or tablet to the COMAND system and the audio system. Of course, the devices can also be charged on this port. In addition, the console features an integrated secure compartment, which opens electrically to the front only after entering the code. Two cup holders allow cooling or heating drinks as desired.
The sporty character of the vehicle is amplified by tailor-made BRABUS carbon components for the dashboard and door panels as well as by aluminum parts such as pedals and door pins. 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.