Mercedes-Benz tuner Brabus has revisited the AMG trims of the ML and GL SUVs to add more power, more swag, and — well, you know how these things turn out.
Starting with an ML63 AMG or GL63 AMG, the new Brabus B63S-700 Widestar (sounds like a Young Jeezy record) kit bumps output from the 5.5 liter V8 to 700 horsepower and 708 ft/lbs of torque.
This is a revision of the B63 (no "S"), which looks just as wild but produces a paltry 620 ponies.
The extra juice comes from twin Brabus turbochargers that up the boost, a free-flowing 3" exhaust, cold air intakes wrapped in Brabus Gold Heat Reflection insulation, and a re-map to dial it all in and get the thing to pass emissions.
Brabus products, particularly widebody kits, are marketed toward those who like to draw attention to themselves. But they've recognized that even the flashiest of Euro party-animals need to be discreet sometimes, or lend their car to their butler, so Brabus has included what they call "Coming Home" mode; a butterfly value in the exhaust that increases noise suppression, activated by a button on the steering wheel.
For style the SUVs are fitted with 23" wheels and a full widebody kit. Which is perfect, because the last time I parked my Mercedes-Benz GL at Cosco I was thinking "Hey, there's a whole square centimeter of parking space my vehicle isn't consuming."
Interior appointments include quilted leather, light-up door sills, and a wood-floored cargo area.
Regardless of whether you think this flamboyant Euro-tuner styling is caché or crap, Brabus stands by its workmanship with a "tuning warranty" for three years/62,000 miles, in case all that exhaust roar shakes the bodykit loose.
And don't worry, BRABUS adds in their press release that it "goes without saying" the performance kit will also be available for the G63 AMG... because aerodynamics are just so plebeian.