2001 Brabus-Tuned Mercedes ML Is The Ghost Of SUVs Past

If you’re a fan of old yet fast SUVs, then have a look at this first generation Mercedes ML430 tuned by Brabus North America.

The Bring a Trailer ad states that it comes with partial service records, and 77,000 miles (123,920 km) on its bored and stroked 5.8-liter V8, which started life as a 4.3-liter V8 mated to a 5-speed automatic gearbox.

Mods in the engine include a custom crankshaft, pistons and connecting rods, as well as ported and polished cylinder heads, plus a full exhaust system and custom software tune. The total output is 400 HP and 427 lb-ft (579 Nm) of torque, which sounds like plenty of muscle for day to day motoring.

Visually, this SUV sports Brabus front and rear bumpers, flared fenders, custom badges, as well as headlights from the facelifted W163 model to go with aftermarket smoked LED taillights. It also features 20-inch Brabus Monoblock IV wheels, Brabus shocks and springs, and ML 55 AMG calipers for additional stopping power.

The cabin is trimmed in Saffron leather and has wood accents on the dashboard and center console. Additional mods include the custom shift knob, steering wheel, gauge cluster, carpets and sill plates, while the heated front seats with power adjustment, sat-nav, Bose audio system and glass sunroof are there to make life on-board easier.


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    Difference between 1st and 2nd gen is amazing.

  • Bash

    Early Brabus models were easily mistaken as simply a stick on badges only.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    That video above doesn’t seem right. The ML500 ran 0-60 in the low 6’s stock, and this seems slower.

  • Nav Singh Rai

    Didn’t the 630R Range Rover P38A come out before? – That was a proper wolf in sheep’s clothing <3 – On paper it has similar performance/stats too from that burly 6.3 Chevy block with over 400 bhp and 457 lb ft of torque 😉

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