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by Adam Lynton
Brabus has hit the Essen Motor Show with a comprehensive aftermarket program for Mercedes’ high-performance ML.
If there's such a thing as too much power, Brabus hasn't heard of it, evidenced by its latest project based on the ML63 AMG. As well as creating a Widestar wide-body kit for the high-performance ML, Brabus engine specialists developed a B63-620 performance kit that increases output of the 5.5-liter V8 Biturbo engine to 611 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque, up from 520 hp and 516 lb-ft. The tuning kit is complemented by a stainless-steel sport exhaust with butterfly valve and flanked by two ceramic-coated embellishers.
At the touch of a button, drivers can switch between "coming home" and "sport" modes, delivering a discreet or throaty V8 exhaust note as desired. The Brabus-tuned SUV can hit 62 mph from standstill in 4.5 seconds and reach an electronically-limited top speed of 186 mph. Aerodynamic components on the Brabus ML63 include carbon-fiber front and rear spoilers, side air inlet attachments, and a carbon-fiber rear diffuser. Fender flares at the front and rear add six centimeters to the car's width, as well as making room for Brabus king-size 23-inch tires.
Five wheel designs, including 22-inch Brabus Monoblock G "Platinum Edition" forged alloys, are on offer, while an Airmatic air suspension module can be used to lower the SUV's height for a better-looking stance and improved handling. A custom-tailored interior can be kitted out in leather, Alcantara, carbon-fiber and wood in a choice of colors and finishes, and comes with a 225-mph speedometer.