The 800 Widestar is equipped with an V12 engine sourced from the Mercedes-Benz S600, but with extensive upgrades such as the increase in displacement from 5.4 to 6.3-liters, the addition of a new intake system, new engine mapping and the complex Brabus bi-turbo system featuring four water-to-air intercoolers. Additionally, the V12 is fitted with a custom stainless-steel exhaust-system.
All these put together lead to a maximum output of 800 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and a truck-like torque of 1,420 Nm (1,047 lb-ft), available from 2,100 rpm. However, peak torque is electronically limited to 1,100 Nm, in order to protect the transmission.
The reinforced five-speed automatic gearbox sends the enormous torque to all four wheels via a permanent 4WD system, with the results being mind-blowing for an off-roader. 0 to 100 km/h takes just a mere 4 seconds, while top speed is limited to 240 km/h (149 mph). Without the limiter, Brabus reckons the 800 Widestar could reach 270 km/h (168 mph).
As the name suggests, the car has received a wide-body treatment, with the fender flares adding 12 cm (4.7 in) to the body width leaving enough space for wheels sized between 20 and 23 inches. Overall, the car looks quite aggressive and intimidating.
It also features Brabus’ Ride Control suspension with automatic damper adjustment. Inside, the 800 Widestar gets an ergonomically shaped sport steering wheel, a speedometer with 280 km/h (182 mph) dial and stainless-steel scuff plates with illuminated BRABUS logo.
By Dan Mihalascu