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Brabus-Tuned Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG, GL63 AMG Sport 690-HP

Christian SeabaughAug 22, 2013
Is there any possible way to make the 550-hp Mercedes-Benz GL63 AMG and ML63 AMG any more ridiculous? Brabus has found a way. The German tuner has not only upgraded the twin-turbo V-8s of both the GL63 and ML63 to make 690 hp, but it also fit each with a wide-body kit, and a 186 mph top speed, renaming each with a name that we're sure sounds real sexy in German: Brabus B63 S-700 Widestar.
The added power and top speed unsurprisingly comes due to revisions to the Mercedes ML63 AMG and GL63 AMG's 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8, which makes 550 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque (when the ML63 AMG is equipped with the optional Performance Package). Brabus fits each -err, Widestar -- with larger turbos, gold under-hood insulation, big three-inch downpipes, an active sport exhaust system, and an ECU tweak. The result is a monster of a V-8 that makes 690 hp and 708 lb-ft of electrically-limited torque -- anymore would risk breaking either the seven-speed automatic gearbox, or the driveshaft. Brabus claims the ML63-based Widestar can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds, while the GL63-based Widestar needs 4.6 seconds. Both are electronically-limited to 186 mph -- the highest speed the tires can handle.
Speaking of tires, Brabus has fit each with massive 23x11-inch wheels, which are shod with 315/25/ZR/23 tires on the ML63 AMG model, and 305/30ZR/23 tires on the GL63 AMG model. Brabus is able to fit such wide rubber on the Widestar due to the -- wait for it -- wide fender flares it has fit to the Mercedes AMG SUVs. Brabus' ML63 is widened 2.4 inches, while the GL63 is now 3.1-inches wider than before. In addition to the wide-body kit, each SUV gets a functional front and rear spoiler, and some not-so-functional side air inlets.
Inside, the Brabus Widestar range gets a Brabus steering wheel with aluminum shift paddles, and the buyer's choice of either wood or carbon fiber trim. Each custom Mercedes also gets a teakwood floor in the trunk.
Brabus is now taking orders for the B63 S-700 Widestar, and we're sure each one they sell will go to someone with impeccable taste, and love of the ridiculous.
Source: Brabus
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