BRABUS is well-known for making extravagant, hi-po supercars and off-roaders, and this 800 Widestar recently added to its catalogue is no exception.
The German tuning house got their mitts on Mercedes-AMG G63 and gave it a shot of steroids, turning the G Wagen into a stunning mix of muscle and class.
Revealed at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, the wide-bodied 800 Widestar runs a Brabus-tuned version of the G63’s four-litre twin-turbo V8 that pumps out a massive 588kW (800hp; hence the name) at 6600rpm and 1000Nm at just 3600rpm – that’s 158kW and 150Nm more than stock. The V8 is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
To extract that performance from the G’s eight cylinders, the Brabus boffins recalibrated the ECU and replaced the two production turbos with its own reconfigured high-performance turbochargers. When all is said and done, the 800 Widebody can sprint to 100km/h in 4.1 seconds … but can it climb Billy Goat Bluff Track? Top speed is limited to 240km/h due to the car’s plump weight.
Also aiding in the quest for optimal performance is a Brabus stainless-steel sports exhaust system, which, thanks to actively controlled exhaust flaps, can be switched from ‘Coming Home’ mode, to ‘Hate the Neighbours’ (Sport) mode. The twin tailpipes look the bees, too.
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The Brabus is 10cm wider than the stock rig, courtesy of the fender flares added to the front and rear axles. The space created allows for a big and chunky wheel/tyre combination to be fitted (20-23 inches). The options fitted to this example are forged 23-inch BRABUS Monoblock F "BLACK PLATINUM Special Edition" alloys wrapped in high-performance 305/35 R23 rubber.
Larger air intakes up front feed the engine, radiator and brakes, while the carbon hood adds muscle via two integrated ‘power’ bulges. An illuminated Brabus logo in the radiator grille complements the front end.
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A Brabus skid plate is tucked into the rear-end between the rear fenders, which feature stylised air vents. A naked carbon spare wheel cover lives on the rear, while a Brabus roof wing caps off the car’s striking visual appeal. Other features include a smattering of LEDs, Keyless Go and illuminative Brabus logos.
The 2019 Geneva Motor Show is on from March 7-17.