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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 G 500 4x42

Mercedes-Benz puts wild G 500 4×42 into production

Mercedes-Benz G 500 4x42Mercedes-Benz has confirmed the G 500 4×42 is entering series production following a very enthusiastic response at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

The extreme off-roader, which boasts portal axles and an extra-wide track for amazing off-road ability (read: 1-metre wading depth…), enters Mercedes-Benz showrooms in December 2015.

But it’s not going to be cheap…

Mercedes-Benz is quoting a staggering €226,100 for the G 500 4×42. In Britain, that equates to more than £160,000.

Remarkably though, it’s not even the most expensive 2015 G-Class you can buy: Mercedes-Benz also offers an AMG G 65 version, boasting 630hp and 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds. In Germany, this costs €271,915 – or £193,000…

The 2015 G-Class range

Mercedes-Benz has not confirmed if it will offer the G 500 4×42 in the UK, but is unlikely to sell the G 65 AMG: currently, it restricts sales to two models, the G 350 Bluetec and G 63 AMG, and these models are likely to remain on sale with the revised Euro 6-ready range.

The G 63 AMG has a 571hp 5.5-litre V8 twin-turbo, for 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds, and the diesel model is now called G 350 d: it has a 245hp 3.0-litre V6 for 0-62mph in 8.8 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz says the interior and exterior have been given another mild update, and suspension and ESP revisions enhance stability and comfort.

All models are available to order in Europe right away: UK details will follow later.

Oh, and one more update for 2015: a shocking new range of colours. You can now have your G-Class in quite a combination…

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