Brabus have unveiled their latest project. The new W166 Mercedes M-Class gets a new bodykit, power upgrade and interior. Whilst only performance figures for the diesel ML 350 BlueTEC 4Matic have been released so far. It offers us an insight into the look that Brabus will follow through to possible Mercedes ML 63 AMG projects of the future.
A number of aerodynamic options have been added to this car. At the front of the car, a new front spoiler has been added as well as attachments for the air inlets. New side sills have been added with entrance lights and optional sill skirts with Brabus lettering. A rear fascia is available for all vehicles in the range. A rear spoiler has been added, this attaches to the tailgate. Everything is designed in Pur-R-Rim plastics, the same material used in the standard vehicle by Mercedes.
The wheels are custom-made Brabus Monoblock’s with diameters ranging from 18 to 22 inches. The largest version measures 10Jx22 inches. Three different designs are available named the Monoblock VI, E and Q wheels. Brabus can also fit the Monoblock G “Platinum Edition” forged wheels in the same size. Brabus fit Continental, Pirelli or Yokohama up to sizes 295/30 ZR22 front and back.
New suspension components have been developed in cooperation with Bilstein. For vehicles with standard suspension, components are offered that improve handling and lower ride height by 30 millimeters. For M-Class vehicles with airmatic air suspension, there is a custom control module that lowers the ride height by 30 – 40 millimeters. Stopping power is enhanced by adding six-piston fixed aluminum callipers to the front axel with vented and cross-drilled discs measuring 405×34 millimeters (16×1.3 inches). At the back, four-piston fixed aluminum calipers and brake discs measuring 380x28mm (15×1.1 inches) have also been added.
For the V6 common-rail turbodiesel engine of the ML 350 BlueTEC 4Matic Brabus have developed a performance kit the same EURO VI emissions class as the production car. An ECU mapping bumps peak torque from the standard 620Nm to 690Nm, available between 1,600 and 2,400rpm. At the same time maximum power output jumps from 258hp to 306hp at just 3,600rpm. This allows a 0-100km/h sprint time of just 6.0 seconds, an improvement of 1.4 seconds. Top speed increases to 229km/h. Other engine tuning kits are being worked on by Brabus, however, they do aim to offer an option for every Mercedes M-Class engine. Custom Brabus tailpipes are available for all models.
Interior options for the new M-Class include bi-color stainless-steel scuff plates with backlit Brabus logo as well as matte-anodized aluminum pedals, door-lock pins and foot rest. Interiors are masterfully crafted from a combination of the finest Mastik leather and Alcantara. Wood and carbon-fiber trim sets are available in any colour.