Brabus is where people go when 100s of stock horsepower still don’t feel enough for some reason, and Brabus does a good job; in fact, I should say a great job of satisfying those more horsepower cravings.
To go with those extra horses, Brabus offers a mean-looking body kit too, which looks very tasteful. Their latest project is called the Brabus 800 Widestar, based on the new Mercedes-AMG G 63. As the name suggests, it gets a widebody kit with some delicious-looking carbon bits.
Integrated LEDs illuminate the running boards as soon as the door handle is pulled, or when the car is unlocked via a keyless system when approaching the vehicle.
The wider fenders create space for extremely large wheels and tires, and this particular example rides on a massive 23-inch Brabus Monoblock Platinum Edition forged wheels. Buyers can go for smaller sizes too, with tires from Continental, Pirelli or Yokohama.
The interiors have been taken up a notch too with Mastik leather and diamond quilting on the seats. Besides the Starry Sky headliner, the Widestar also gets gimbaled LED reading lights for the rear passengers.
Modifications to the powertrain include replacing the two production turbos with two high-performance turbochargers. They produce a maximum boost pressure of 1.6 bar. The electronic engine control unit was also recalibrated to match the hardware: an auxiliary control unit provides injection, boost pressure control and ignition with special mapping.
All the modifications translate into 588 kW (800 hp) at 6,600 rpm and 1,000 Nm of torque at 3,600 rpm. That extra 215 hp and 150 Nm of torque also contribute to the name Widestar.
Brabus claims a 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 4.1 seconds (0.4 seconds faster). However, the top speed is still electronically limited to 240 km/h due to the vehicle weight.
The package also includes a Brabus stainless-steel sport exhaust system which features an integrated sound management, allowing the driver to choose between the subtle Coming Home mode and an aggressive V8 grumble in Sport mode.