The latest Mercedes-Benz ML Widebody design from German Special Customs dramatically increases the road presence of this midsize SUV. From looking well below the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 in the styling stakes — to flexing its guns and eating Cayenne Turbo s for breakfast.
The Mercedes-Benz ML is a relatively unloved member of the range, albeit representing one of the biggest growth segments in the premium car industry. Even the butch square skid plates of the ML63 AMG are a still bit too Jurassic Park 3 for some people.
The German Special Customs upgrade includes a full fender extension kit, revised racing bumpers with deep air vanes and ducts for cooling, and air suspension to lower or raise the ride height on the standard 22-inch wheels.
A new hood brings a massive air duct ahead of the engine block, both venting excess air pressure from the engine compartment and looking very cool up close. The deep scoop looks exotic, almost like the Ford GT in how deep the hood cut-out is.
The exterior modifications are matched inside with Alcantara and embossed leather everywhere you look, but the engine itself is left alone.
Is this cosmetic kit the dream package for ML owners seeking more style from their luxury soft-roader?
Click past the jump for the full review of the 2013 German Special Customs Widebody kit for the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class SUV.
Ah, a widebody car. What makes huge fenders a game-changer for the appearance of even the most humble vehicles? The flares can become a styling anchor in their own right, as seen by the cult hero status achieved by the Audi Quattro or Subaru Impreza WRX.
Done well, and the whole vehicle can be transformed - looking instantly lower, faster and far more exclusive. This kit is one of the better options for upgrading the Mercedes-Benz ML and still keep it classy enough to resell in a few years. After all, the math just doesn’t work when paying for modifications on the front end of the deal and also taking a loss come sale time.
For this kit’s smooth flow and integration with the ML ’s original styling, the GSC team should be proud. The new front bumper takes much of the credit, with its hollow and carved-out air vents looking right off a DTM touring car. A lower chin blade also has a tough and blocky aesthetic to match the grille. The bumper flanks allow a smooth flow into the defined new fender arches.
The width stretch of the GSC Widebody kit is not disclosed, but the 10-inch-wide tires all around indicate at least a 4-inch lateral stretch over the stock 8-inch tires. Counting the aerodynamically-optimized running board/sills and rear bumper embellishments - the GSC Widebody is a sharp machine.
Out back, that industrial and tough design flare reappears for the lower diffuser brightwork and the new bright exhaust finishers that are embedded in the new bumper.
The final treat in this super-luxury cosmetic personalization effort? A speedometer whose top speed is now pegged at 217 mph.
The engine is left alone during this customization. This opens the door for even small diesel ML250 ’s to look the part of a $100,000 racing SUV - on the outside at least.
Reaching much past even the AMG ML ’s natural 170-mph top speed is not in the cards for the GSC ML Widebody, but at least it looks the part in the autobahn fast lane.
German Special Customs (GSC), Mercedes-Benz ML Wide body
- Wide body ML from GSC!
The company German Special Customs from Chemnitz is once again presenting us with this wide body styling kit for the current generation of Mercedes-Benz ML – a handicraft masterstroke.
All new bodywork parts were developed in such a way that they do not only work efficiently in an aerodynamic manner but also fit perfectly into the factory’s own design lines. In addition to a front bumper bar with integrated LED daytime running lights, the front side thus also receives a massive front spoiler lip with narrow ventilation openings for supplying the front brake system with fresh air.
For the improved ventilation of the engine, GSC endows ML also with a completely new engine hood with centrally installed air shaft. Specially manufactured mud guard extensions for the front and rear axles ensure a clearly massive and intimidating appearance. GSC developed a completely new bumper bar including diffuser for the rear side as well as integrated end-pipe covers made of the company’s own stainless steel sports exhaust system. The optical modification of ML’s body shell is rounded up by a set of carbon covers for the external mirrors.
Also worthy of mention is the fact that the GSC bodywork styling kit is suitable for all current ML models – diesel as well as gasoline engines.
To match the broad appearance, extremely massive-looking GSC light alloy wheels, 10 x 22 inches in all-round format with tires of 295/30R22 turn in the wheel houses. The air suspension kit can be lowered on demand using an electronic module.
In addition to the optical modifications on the body shell, GSC also offers a complete set of ornamental parts made of carbon fibre for the interior as well as tailor-made leather/alcantara solutions for the seats and an upgrade of the speed indicator scaling to 350 km/h.
All other facts and information on price and delivery can be obtained directly from:
German Special Customs
Tel.: 03 71 / 81 00 00
Fax: 03 71 / 81 00 018