Brabus Unveils Widestar G65 in Qatar


German tuner ups the G-Wagon’s output to 800 horsepower.

Renowned Mercedes tuning house Brabus used the 2013 Qatar Motor Show as a platform to unveil an updated version of its Widestar 800, which is now based on the 2013 G65 AMG having first appeared on a G55. The super G-Wagon has received a hefty power upgrade, with its 6.0-liter bi-turbo V12 now producing 800 horsepower and 1,047 lb-ft of torque (limited to 811 lb-ft), up from the stock model's 612 hp and 737 lb-ft. That came about thanks to an ECU remap, the addition of four intercoolers under the Brabus carbon-fiber hood scoop, and a pair of air filter boxes in the front fenders.

Brabus also fitted a stainless-steel high-performance exhaust with two twin-exhaust pipes, whose sound is controlled with a button on the steering wheel. Power is sent to a permanent AWD system via a seven-speed automatic, and as a result of these upgrades, the offroader can sprint from 0-62 mph in 4.2 seconds and hit a top speed of 168 mph with the limiter removed. The high-performance G-Class was also treated to a new widebody kit, which includes sculpted fender flares, a front spoiler with LED daytime running lights, a freshly designed front grille and widened wheel wells.

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These make room for an obnoxious set of 23-inch nine double-spoke wheels, while Brabus is also offering an electrically-adjustable Ride Control suspension co-developed with Bilstein. The interior can be custom fitted in a wide choice of colored Brabus Mastik leather and fine Alcantara, and a variety of wood or carbon-fiber trims.