Following a similar script to its Brabus-modified siblings, the GLE 63 S receives a sinister looking exterior package that you could never call subtle, as well as some very decent performance gains.
In that regard, Mercedes-AMG’s 4-litre twin-turbo V8 has been extensively tinkered with, to produce a wholesome 588 kW and 1 000 N.m. That, for the record, is an improvement of 138 kW and 150 N.m over the standard version, which was not exactly underpowered to begin with.
According to the German tuner, the upgraded SUV will sprint from 0-100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds, making it 0.4 seconds quicker than the car it’s based on, while the top speed limiter has been liberated to the tune of 30 km/h, increasing the top speed to 280 km/h.
The Brabus PowerXtra B40S-800 performance kit, to give you its full name, includes a pair of upgraded Brabus turbochargers with larger compressor units. There’s some ECU work too, which recalibrates the electronic boost pressure and optimises power delivery. The tuner has also thrown in a Brabus stainless-steel sports exhaust system with active sound management, and as you’d expect there’s a ‘Coming Home’ mode to keep you in your neighbours’ good books.
Chassis mods include a Brabus control module for the air suspension system, which can lower the ride height by an additional 25mm.
Customers can choose from various Brabus wheel designs, ranging from 21-inches to 24-inches in diameter, and there’s an extensive range of carbon fibre aerodynamic body components. The Brabus 800 is also available with the GLE Coupe body style for those seeking an even sportier look.
Brabus has put considerable effort into the cabin too, with Alcantara and Brabus Mastik leather upholsteries that are available in a wide range of colours. The cabin is also set apart by various carbon fibre and aluminium garnishes.