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Mob goals: Brabus Widestar G-Class defies physics (and taste?)

Brabus Widester

What could possibly make the all-new Mercedes-Benz G-Class any better than it already is? Well, Brabus, famed Mercedes tuner, has an idea, mostly involving giving it 700 horsepower…

More power isn’t exactly the top of the list of changes we’d make but hey ho. Welcome to the Brabus 700 Widestar.

The standard G63 is already the Kardashian/mob boss/Middle East oil baron daily hack of choice, but the Widestar takes it to the next level. And where better to debut such an outlandish machine than in Monaco at the exotic 2018 Yacht Show?

The looks

You won’t need to even fire up your 700hp Brabus Widestar to get noticed. 100mm-wider wheelarches can harbour enormous 23-inch Monoblock “Platinum Edition” wheels if you so desire. Measly 20s come as standard.

Brabus badging all around the car lets everyone know this is no (ahem) pauper-spec AMG. Roof-mounted LEDs are perfect for lighting up the next sand dune to be conquered.

The cabin

It should come as no surprise that the sky is the limit when it comes to speccing out the cabin of your new Brabus Widestar. The finest leathers, Alcantara, carbon fibre highlights and wood are all available.

The car on display in Monaco features a literally tasty-sounding vanilla and black leather cabin, with orange piping and vanilla seams.

The power

The power was perhaps the easiest thing to eek out for the Brabus Widestar. The B40 700 package is already available for other models that come with the 4.0-litre V8.

The changes include a new control module and a new engine map that up the boost and fuel flow, as well as an optional sports exhaust to really make it sing. There’s even a subtle “Coming Home” exhaust mode; an uncharacteristic consideration of others who might not want to hear your booming 700hp V8 truck as you leave of a morning.

That said, neighbours aren’t something we imagine Brabus Widestar buyers are blighted by.

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Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands

Star quality: Mercedes-Benz’s incredible car collection

Mercedes-Benz World at BrooklandsMercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, Porsche, BMW… most of the German brands have huge car collections housed in extravagant museums – usually free-of-charge to visit. However, Mercedes is the only marque to have opened such a showcase in the UK. Welcome to Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands, Surrey.

Mercedes-Benz 190 SLMercedes-Benz World at Brooklands

Taking centre-stage in the foyer of Mercedes-Benz World is this 1960 190 SL, owned by British model, David Gandy. Previous celebrity 190 SL owners include Alfred Hitchcock and The King himself: Elvis Presley.

Powered by a 122hp 1.9-litre in-line four, the 190 SL had a top speed of 120mph. It cost £2,600 when launched in 1955 – the equivalent of more than £100,000 today.

Mercedes-Benz 190 E Brabus 3.6SMercedes-Benz World at Brooklands

Coolest car at Mercedes-Benz World? We think so. Owned by Brabus PR manager, Sven Gramm, this red hot 190 E is actually a replica of a 1988 Brabus 3.6S demo car that never made production.

With no rear seats or air-con, the 268hp 3.6S could hit 62mph in 6.3 seconds and a VMAX of 162mph. That makes it faster than the factory 2.5-16 Evo II – “effectively a 190 E Clubsport”, says Mercedes.

Mercedes-Benz 280 SLMercedes-Benz World at Brooklands

The W113 SL earned the nickname ‘Pagoda’ because of its curvaceous hard-top roof and is still one of the most beautiful cars ever made. This particular SL was driven by Jodie Kidd in the opening sequence to The Classic Car Show.

The Pagoda began life in 1963 as the 2.3-litre 230 SL. The 2.8-litre 280 SL seen here didn’t arrive until 1967, boasting 170hp and 0-62mph in 9.0 seconds. Power steering and servo assisted brakes make it an easy car to drive – even by modern standards.

Mercedes-AMG G 63Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands

The Mercedes G-Class is a classic of sorts, having remained in production since 1979. The testosterone-pumped AMG versions have become the car of choice for wealthy urbanites – albeit usually in black, rather than the ‘Solar Beam’ yellow seen here.

This V8-engined G 63 makes 571hp and blasts to 62mph in 5.4 seconds. With a modest £4,750-worth of options, it would set you back £152,377. We’ll spend the cash on a Pagoda SL and an old G-Wagen for winter, thanks.

The very first carMercedes-Benz World at Brooklands

Lest we forget, the very first car was a Mercedes-Benz. This is a faithful replica of the Benz Patent Motor Car, complete with a 954cc single-cylinder engine, solid wheels, leather brakes and a tiller for steering.

In 1888, Bertha Benz and her sons drove 121 miles from Mannheim to Pforzheim and back in the ‘Motorwagen’. They bought fuel from chemists and used Bertha’s hatpin to clear a carburettor blockage. It was the first long journey ever undertaken in a car.

Smart CrossbladeMercedes-Benz World at Brooklands

The first owner of this Smart Crossblade was chirpy British pop star, Robbie Williams. Supposedly, Robbie remarked: “Wow, I just love this car. It’s innovative and unconventional, the two qualities I look for in new projects”. Hmm.

The Crossblade was a special edition of the Smart City Cabriolet without a windscreen, roof or conventional doors. Its Brabus-tuned engine developed 71hp for a (very windy) top speed of 83mph.

Mercedes-AMG GT SMercedes-Benz World at Brooklands

You can buy a car at Mercedes-Benz World – indeed, a large part of the complex is taken up by Mercedes’ Brooklands dealership. This used AMG GT S caught our eye, although it’s slightly beyond our budget…

There’s a near-identical GT S displayed inside, too. Vital stats for this 911 Turbo-rival are 510hp and 0-62mph in just 3.8 seconds. Oh, and that Solar Beam paint option? A mere £10,695.

Mercedes-Benz F200 Imagination conceptMercedes-Benz World at Brooklands

This radical concept car was based on a 1996 Mercedes S-Class. Active suspension uses sensors operating hydraulic cylinders for each wheel, keeping the car level – even when cornering.

However, the F200’s interior is where things really get radical. Two ‘fly by wire’ joysticks take the place of a steering wheel. The driver pushes forwards to accelerate, pulls back to brake and moves the sticks left or right to steer. Sounds mildly terrifying.

Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 CosworthMercedes-Benz World at Brooklands

If your budget won’t stretch to that one-of-a-kind Brabus, this 190 E 2.5-16 is the next best thing. A homologation special built for the German Touring Car Championship (DTM), the 190’s 2.5-litre 16v engine was tuned by British engineering specialists, Cosworth.

If this car looks a little tattier than the MB-World norm, that’s because it was owned by the late Mike Hall, chief designer at Cosworth. Hall designed both 2.3-16 and 2.5-16 engines for the 190 E in 1984.

Mercedes-Benz 280 SE CabrioletMercedes-Benz World at Brooklands

We finish with this glorious 280 SE Cabriolet: predecessor to the modern S-Class. A 160hp 2.8-litre straight-six wafts it to 112mph, although the later 300 SEL 6.3 is the one we really want.

In fact, the 300 SEL 6.3 was the car that made AMG’s name. In 1971, the tuning company bored-out the big Merc’s engine to 6.8 litres and took victory in the Spa 24-Hour race. AMG would eventually become part of Mercedes, and the S-Class the definitive luxury car.

Super saloons: 30 of the world’s fastest four-doors

Super saloons: 10 of the world’s fastest four-doors

Super saloons: 30 of the world’s fastest four-doorsSports cars and supercars are all well and good, but what if you fancy taking somebody along for the ride? Better still, what if you want to do it in full ‘gangsta’ mode? You need a stupidly quick saloon, which is why we’ve assembled 10 of the fastest four-doors you can buy today.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde: 191mphSuper saloons: 30 of the world’s fastest four-doors

It warms the cockles of your heart to see an Alfa Romeo listed in the upper echelons of the performance saloon world. The Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde offers proper giant-killing credentials, with 510hp on tap, a 0-62mph time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 190mph. Yep, all that from a rear-wheel-drive Alfa costing £55,000. The Giulia QV: because the Italians say ‘no grazie’ to speed limiters.

Maserati Quattroporte GTS: 190mphSuper saloons: 30 of the world’s fastest four-doors

You could order a Maserati Quattroporte S for £81,670 and enjoy a top speed of 177mph. But for maximum Italian underworld effect, you really need the GTS. Its 3.8-litre V8 engine delivers 530hp, enough to provide a top speed of 190mph. Yours for a smidgen over £110,000.

Bentley Flying Spur W12: 199mphSuper saloons: 30 of the world’s fastest four-doors

The Bentley Flying Spur V8 S (pictured) offers a hefty 521hp and 502lb ft of torque to provide a top speed of 190mph. But why settle for ‘just’ 190mph when the Flying Spur W12 can deliver 616hp and 590lb ft of torque to provide a speed knocking on the door of 200mph. It’s all thanks to that mighty 6.0-litre W12 engine.

Cadillac CTS-V: 200mphSuper saloons: 30 of the world’s fastest four-doors

What does $83,995 (£64,684) buy you these days? How about the fastest and most powerful Cadillac in history? The CTS-V is powered by the beating heart of a Corvette Z06 – a 6.3-litre supercharged V8 engine with 640 horses galloping forward to top the magic 200mph. Track-focused yet road-legal… where do we sign?

Aston Martin Lagonda: 200mphSuper saloons: 30 of the world’s fastest four-doors

Although aimed at the Middle East market, the Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf is available in the UK. If a Bentley is too ‘Premier League’ and a Rolls-Royce a bit too obvious, the Lagonda could be the saloon for you. Who needs a Rapide S when you can have a £685,000 Lagonda capable of 200mph?

Aston Martin Rapide S: 203mphSuper saloons: 30 of the world’s fastest four-doors

Because the Rapide S will outpace you, that’s why. As you sit there, gracefully crossing the desert at a leisurely 200mph, don’t be surprised to see a Rapide S edge past you on its way to 203mph…

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat: 204mphSuper saloons: 30 of the world’s fastest four-doors

Meanwhile, edging even further ahead is the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. Forget all that graceful and luxurious nonsense, this American says ‘to Hellcat’ with all that, before taking a sledgehammer approach to performance. Dodge claims it’s the most powerful, quickest and fastest sedan ever built. And with 707hp on tap and a quarter-mile time of 11.0 seconds, who are we to disagree? All this for $64,990 – the equivalent of £50,000.

Alpina B5 Biturbo: 204mphSuper saloons: 30 of the world’s fastest four-doors

In Alpina’s world, speed limiters and the word ‘standard’ are for other people to worry about. We could have featured a number of Alpina-enhanced BMWs, but we’ve chosen to concentrate on two. This is the 600hp Alpina B5 Biturbo, which offers a top speed of 204mph…

Alpina B7 Biturbo: 205mphSuper saloons: 30 of the world’s fastest four-doors

Meanwhile, this is the 608hp Alpina B7 Biturbo, which offers a top speed of 205mph. But anything Alpina can do, Brabus can do… differently.

Brabus 900 Maybach 600: 217mphSuper saloons: 30 of the world’s fastest four-doors

Spend a few moments browsing the Brabus catalogue and you’ll discover all number of bonkers creations. We’ve chosen to showcase just the one: the 900 Maybach 600, complete with a terrifying top speed of 217mph. Darers go first…

BRABUS London

BRABUS store opens in London

BRABUS London

BRABUS rumbles into London, imports a staggering amount of horsepower for lucky Londoner.

BRABUS has inaugurated its flagship London showroom today with a display of modern and vintage Mercedes restored by the BRABUS Classic Division. Read more