Mercedes-Benz GL-Class by Brabus hits Essen Motor Show image

A new tuning program for the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class has been officially presented to the public during the 2012 Essen Motor Show by Brabus.

After getting their hands on various models from Mercedes-Benz these days, like the G-Class or the all-new A-Class, the aftermarket specialists at Brabus have also tuned the GL-Class, and what came out of that has been officially presented to the public during the 2012 Essen Motor Show. The German SUV has been equipped with an air suspension module, which can lower the ride height by 30 mm, with stainless steel sports exhaust system, with high performance brakes and with wheels ranging in size from 18- to 23-inches.

The cabin can be fitted with Mastik leather and Alcantara upholstery, with carbon fiber and exotic wood trim, with illuminated door sill plates and a new speedometer which tops out at 200 mph (320 km/h). The GL350 BlueTEC, equipped with the ECO PowerXtra D6S performance kit is allowing the engine to produce a total output of 310 HP (228 kW) and 690 Nm of torque (509 lb-ft). The 0 to 100 km/h acceleration takes 7.6 seconds and top speed stands at 225 km/h (140 mph).

Besides the Mercedes-Benz GL350, the GL500 has also been tweaked by Brabus, with the B50-520 performance kit, and the engine is now developing a total output of 521 HP (383 kW) and 800 Nm of torque (590 lb-ft). This allows the model to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds and reach a top speed of 275 km/h (171 mph).