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#1630 of 8199 The ML V-12
Feb 07, 2001 (9:46 am)
- already exists:
This is quoted from the Brabus website:
0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds and a 260km/h top speed is expected from a Porsche or Ferrari. But thanks to 582bhp/428kW from its 7.3 litre V12 engine, the BRABUS M V12 is the worlds first off-roader with supercar performance. In June 1998, the editors of the Guinness Book of Records appointed this car to be the fastest street legal Off Road car of the world.
There is no substitute for cubic inches. Except more cubic inches. Right from the beginning, that old maxim has been the watchword at BRABUS. Over the years, BRABUS has become most adept at shoehorning larger and more powerful engines into staple Mercedes-Benz cars in the quest for greater speed. It all started in the mid-1980s with the 5.0 litre V8 in the then new baby Mercedes 190E. Two years ago, the ultimate expression of this concept saw the light of day as the E V12. Shoehorning the 582bhp 7.3 litre V12 into the new E-Class also produced the Fastest Four- Door Sedan In The World according to the Guinness Book of Records. Within months, the BRABUS T V12 joined it with the accolade of Fastest Station Wagon In The World.
Keeping up the momentum, BRABUS have now found a new home for this enormously powerful engine. Slotted into the new Mercedes-Benz M-Class, it completely rewrites the rules on 4WD off-road vehicles. By their very nature, off-roaders are large and heavy and need lots of torque to perform well. In this respect, the BRABUS 7.3 litre V12 and the M-Class are a match made in heaven.
582bhp/428kW at 6,000rpm is impressive, but the stump-pulling torque of 772 Nm at 4,000rpm is simply astonishing. Delivered to the road via a modified five-speed electronic transmission and suitably beefed up 4WD drivetrain, this powerhouse of an engine enables the BRABUS M V12 to vanquish many so-called fast cars both on the autobahn and away from the traffic lights.
The big 7.3 litre 'S' specification V12 motor is a feat of precision engineering. Based on the Mercedes-Benz 6.0 litre V12, it is completely stripped to its component parts and re- engineered. The enlarged capacity of 7,255cc comes by way of a new steel billet long throw crankshaft mated to larger lightweight forged pistons by custom connecting rods. The cylinder-heads are gas-flowed and the engines' torque rich characteristics are enhanced by a pair of new high-lift camshafts. Suitable fuelling and ignition curves ensure that power and torque are optimised, and they help this enormous engine meet all current EC emission standards. In fact, the 7.3S motor is so efficient, in normal driving conditions, the fuel consumption is similar to the standard engine. Finally, a BRABUS four-pipe sports exhaust with high-flow metal catalysts helps the engine to breath properly and produces a distinctive deep and sporty sound.
So fast is the BRABUS M V12, that it has to be electronically limited to 260km/h, close to the rated maximum speed for the specially made Yokohama Off-Road AVS V801 tyres. 285/50R18 on 10J x 18-inch BRABUS Monoblock IV alloy wheels all round, these are the only tyres approved for the BRABUS M V12.
This level of performance is matched by commensurately good handling and braking. To this end, the M V12 receives a sports suspension kit with uprated springs and dampers. Adjustable ride height allows the car to be lowered by up to 50mm. Special competition-bred BRABUS brakes with huge vented and slotted discs are clamped by six-pot calipers in front and four-pot calipers at the rear.
The look of the M-Class further benefits from the range of BRABUS accessories. High grade steel and flexible synthetic materials are used in the manufacture of the bolt-on accessories. A polished stainless-steel nudge bar protects the front of the car from minor parking shunts, and this is integrated into a flexible PU-RIM part which houses a pair of driving or fog lamps. Many 4WDs are never taken into the mud, but just in case the BRABUS M V12 should be pressed into service off-road, the lower part of the new front skirts is protected by a steel bar. Underneath, a steel undertray protects the mechanicals from protruding bits of the landscape.
The new BRABUS stepboards with integrated lights, which are activated via the central lock remote control, make getting in and out of the car easier.
Finally, at the rear, another steel, PU-RIM components protects the car from parking damage.
The spacious interior is upholstered in the finest hand-stitched BRABUS Bio-Mastik leather. As an option, a customer can also specify extras like a high-powered stereo or the neat TV/video system with LCD monitors in the front seat passengers sunvisor and the back of the front-seat headrests. Finishing touches are the BRABUS airbag sports steering wheel and the chromed sill entry plates.
The basic BRABUS M V12 costs DM 428,000, and this is a peek at the engine bay:
Birger in Luxyland
Feb 07, 2001 (10:10 am)
Thanks to "birger" for this fantasy.
Got to have one!
And it only costs USD$118,000.
Of course, we couldn't afford dog food in the house for 50 years, but we could rip up huge chunks of pavement every morning.
Actually, I live in a town with a lot of boats and when you see how much a modest-looking little boat costs, a V-12 ML begins to sound reasonable.
And who would EVER suspect what was under the hood?
Thanks to "osultan" for the hints on how to improve my sound system.
Now this, for those who might be thinking of adding a nav system for $1500:
"The StreetPilot III follows in the footsteps of the original StreetPilot and StreetPilot ColorMap as a portable automotive GPS navigation system with electronic map capabilities. But it goes a step further by adding turn-by-turn navigation and voice prompting on a 16-color, higher-resolution display.
Unlike other in-car navigation systems that boast portability, the StreetPilot III does not require monthly service fees, installation, or an external processor. Instead, consumers can download street-level mapsets onto a removable memory cartridge, insert the card into the StreetPilot III, mount the system on the dash of any vehicle, and enjoy the ease of stress-free driving. It is the most convenient, portable auto-navigation system on the market, and it's available at a fraction of the price of in-dash navigation systems.
The StreetPilot III offers true turn-by-turn navigation in America's major cities with its auto-routing feature. At the touch of a button, consumers will now have access to the shortest and fastest routes, turn directions, and estimated time of arrival at their intended destination. Along the way, the StreetPilot III provides automated voice prompts, alerting the driver to necessary turns, distance to upcoming turns, course deviation, and distance to final destination."
Expect a price of about $1000.
#1632 of 8199 NAV on the cheap
Feb 07, 2001 (12:13 pm)
As an alternative to Becker/Alpine/Blaupunkt and Garmin solutions, does anyone have any exeprience with PalmPilot, WinCE or Visor with GPS plugin based systems?
#1633 of 8199 NAV on the cheap, but...
Feb 07, 2001 (12:57 pm)
Handheld GPS solutions are great--I use one when I go hiking--but if you often drive in an area with restricted visibility of the sky (tall buildings, tall trees, etc), most in-vehicle systems offer inertial guidance as a back-up. The Alpine, for instance uses a built-in gyroscope and input from the vehicle speed sensor to track progess, even if there are not enough birds to get a good fix. May or may not be a big deal, but something to be aware of...
#1634 of 8199 ML430 - what keeps running after shutdown?
Feb 07, 2001 (2:10 pm)
When I shut the car off and remove the key I hear something running. Sounds kinda like a circulator pump. I have heard that it might be a water pump. Whatever it is, it seems to run for several minutes before it shuts itself off. Anyone else notice this? I'm not really concerned, but rather curious.
Feb 07, 2001 (2:29 pm)
Hi Y'all. I just purchased a 1998 ML320 with 13,600 km (8200 miles). Service date was Feb 2,1998. Not bad, huh??
Any suggestions on what I should look out for on this new a '98? I was ensured all recalls had been taken care of.
Looking forward to your comments ... Harry
#1636 of 8199 what keeps running after shutdown?
Feb 07, 2001 (3:22 pm)
Yep, I've noticed that, too and I believe it was already discussed here awhile back. It's somewhere in the archives. (Sorry, too lazy to research it) That's normal. I believe you are correct on your speculation.
#1637 of 8199 ML430 - what keeps running after shutdown? by cdic
Feb 07, 2001 (3:23 pm)
IT IS COOLING PROCESS FOR ENGINE. IF YOU OPEN THE HOOD AND TAKE LOOK TO COOLANT CANISTER , YOU CAN SEE COOLANT COMING IN FROM HOSE. EVERY ML HAVE THAT FEATURE. IN THE WINTER YOU CAN SHUT OFF THE ENGINE AND STILL GET A LOT OF THE HEAT IN TO CAR WHEN YOU TURN THE KEY TO SECOND POSITION..FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES...................
Feb 07, 2001 (4:17 pm)
Birger, I saw the Brabus Mercedes selection at the Los Angeles auto show. WOW, what a wonderful and beautiful collection. There is a mighty nice price tag on them too. An S-class was $225,000, but this particular sedan had the CL front (two round headlights).... nice looking.
Anyway, I think a ML430 sport will work just fine for me and my wallet.
#1639 of 8199 The hum after shutoff
Feb 07, 2001 (5:02 pm)
is caused by the engine's coolant pump which continues to circulate coolant within the aluminum alloy engine block (up till about 5 minutes after engine shutdown) so as to prevent hot spots. This is the primary reason for the pump's activity after engine shutoff. However, a nice benefit is that the air remains warm after startup if the vehicle is only shut down for about 1/2.
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