The world has moved on to a new Mercedes-AMG G63, but it seems the folks over at Brabus aren’t quite ready to forget the previous version. Yes, the madcap Brabus 700 4x4² Final Edition you see here is based on the old G-Class. And what a farewell to that model it is...
Just ten examples will be built, each boasting portal axles (from the G500 4x4²) and adjustable suspension, resulting in a whopping 600 mm of ground clearance and what Brabus terms “excellent” front and rear axle articulation.
Of course, while the new G63 employs a twin-turbo 4,0-litre V8, this model is powered by the old 5,5-litre of the same configuration. But thanks to some Brabus fettling (the firm also provides a power upgrade for the new W463-generation model), the V8 now makes 515 kW and torque to 960 N.m, considerably more than the new model’s 430 kW and 850 N.m.
The result is a sprint to 100 km/h in a claimed 5,0 seconds. Note that top speed is electronically limited to 210 km/h largely thanks to the hefty Pirelli Scorpion ATR off-road tyres (325/55 R22) wrapped around the 9,5 J x 22 wheels.
The Brabus B63S-700 performance upgrade includes the fitment of a pair of bigger turbochargers (along with a larger compressor unit), gold heat reflection sheathing for the intake and boost pipes, and high-performance metal catalysts with 75 mm downpipes. As an option, the vehicle can be ordered with a stainless sport exhaust.
Brabus has also handed the Final Edition massive carbon fender flares and a (front) roof spoiler fashioned from the same material (and kitted out with extra LED daytime running lights).
Inside, this monster Geländewagen is fitted with two-tone black/light brown leather upholstery, although the tuner says it can be specified to the owner's “personal preferences in every detail”.
So, the price? Well, the Brabus 700 4x4² Final Edition will start at €209 000 (that’s about R3,35-million) before VAT...
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