Replacing the SLR McLaren supercar, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG emerges as the Stuttgart automaker’s new halo car offering true gullwing doors and a 3.6 seconds 0-60 mile per hour acceleration time on tap. With the rare sets of SLS AMG keys beginning their distribution to the motorists laying down $180,000-plus, enhancements to the modern, high-performance is already being explored.
Since 1977, Brabus has been selling tastefully modified versions of Mercedes-Benz products and has now set sights on the SLS AMG supercar. At the Essen Motor Show (described as the European version of the SEMA Show), German engineering of AMG and Brabus are married together to create the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Brabus Widestar.
Starting with a tasteful array of sport appearance trim parts, Brabus’ Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Widestar package mingles the magnificence of their Star package with some notable extras. Before progressing to the Widestar, the SLS AMG starts with the Star package featuring various genuine carbon fiber body accentuation items which includes front and rear spoiler, fender inserts as well as rear air vent pieces.
Side skirts with LED illumination and a full assortment of Brabus logos are more garden variety touches added to the SLS AMG before the Widestar improvements. The first exterior touches to define the SLS AMG Brabus Widestar is a pair of rear fender extensions giving the vehicle a wider stance. Adding an additional 20 mm (0.79 inches) to the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Brabus Widestar, these rear fender extension parts can be ordered with either a glossy and matte carbon black finish.
Connecting the wider-appearing Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Brabus Widestar with the ground, brushed or ceramic polished Monoblock F wheels are perfectly mated to the enhanced supercar with 20 inch on the front and 21 inch on the rear. Wider in diameter than the SLS AMG’s stock wheels, Brabus forged construction has allowed these wheels to weigh up to 12 percent less than the original rims. Maintaining Pirelli or Yokohama tires, these Brabus custom wheels are accompanied with four RDK tire pressure sensors per wheel assembly. Stiffer sway bars have been added to the SLS AMG Brabus Widestar for more road manners.
Brabus (like many Mercedes-Benz fans) found no fault in the AMG-built 6.2 liter V-8 engine. However, the 26-pound titanium sport exhaust system supplies the SLS AMG Widestar. Featuring pneumatically-controlled bypass gate designed to achieve two distinct engine sounds, this new exhaust adds an additional 10 horsepower over the stock output.
Now delivering 573 horsepower, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Brabus Widestar is completed with a 250 mile per hour (400 kilometer per hour) speedometer. Regrettably, the 10 horsepower improvement on the SLS AMG Brabus Widestar is unlikely to push far beyond the 197 mile per hour top speed achieved with the stock supercar. However, Brabus is perhaps teasing for what engine modifications could be forthcoming.
Interior of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Brabus Widestar also offers the employment of rich leather, aluminum, carbon fiber and Alcantara use at the request of the owner. Custom center console, door coverings with handles and even door lock pins can be opted through Brabus.
Beyond the improvements made for driving a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG during dry weather conditions, the supercar outfitter’s Brabus has masterminded some more practical options with their new Widestar. Brabus Ride Control and Ride Lift makes up an air-adjustable suspension unit which can raise or lower the ground clearance by 1.57 inches (40 millimeters). On the SLS AMG Brabus Widestar, the ride height adjustment is said to be only 1.2 inches.
Brabus has matched a winter tire and wheel combination allowing owners of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Widestar to flash their wonderful German supercar using cooler conditions (though it seems reasonable to assume the SLS AMG Widestar will never venture out immediately after a snowstorm). Featuring a hot quartet of 19-inch Brabus Monoblock S light alloy wheels for use with winter tires, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Brabus Widestar can be an all-season supercar sight.