German tuning company Brabus has transformed the Mercedes-AMG G63 into a beast of a double-cab bakkie it calls the Brabus 800 Adventure XLP (enough to make Benz fans forget about the discontinued X-Class).
The firm added a load bay to Affalterbach’s off-roading SUV, extending the wheelbase by 50 mm and widening the body (while throwing plenty of carbon-fibre at the vehicle). It’s also chucked in special suspension featuring portal axles, resulting in a whopping ground clearance of 490 mm.
And under the bonnet? Well, Mercedes-AMG’s twin-turbo 4,0-litre V8 has been handed the tuner’s “800 PowerXtra+” package, which boosts peak outputs from the already impressive standard peak outputs of 430 kW and 850 N.m to a heady 588 kW and a pleasingly round 1 000 N.m.
That’s enough, says Brabus, for a sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in 4,8 seconds (three-tenths slower than the standard SUV, likely due to the extra mass and those 22-inch all-terrain tyres). Top speed, meanwhile, is electronically limited to 210 km/h for safety reason thanks to what the Bottrop-based company describes as a “higher centre of gravity”.
The First Edition vehicle pictured here features optional “rocket” silver matte paint and a “burned oak” leather interior (the latter can be tailored to the buyer’s preferences).
Interestingly, the Brabus 800 Adventure XLP bakkie’s load bay can optionally accommodate a take-off and landing module for a high-end drone capable of reaching speeds of 240 km/h.
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