WE’RE on a bit of a G thing at the moment, which is why we couldn’t resist sharing this G-Wagen that was unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week.
Tuning-haus Brabus has fettled the venerable G65 G-AMG to create the G900; the 900 designating the horsepower produced by the V12 engine.
That’s 662kW and 1500Nm in real-speak, enough to launch the brick-shizenhausen of a truck from zero to 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds – that’s supercar acceleration territory – and it has a limited top speed of 270km/h to top it off.
This makes the Brabus 900 the fastest V12-powered off-roader available, and there will be just 10 of these limited edition specials created.
Brabus says ‘off-roader’, but we doubt those 23-inch forged alloy wheels and 305/35 liquorice-strap tyres would take well to the Gibb River Road.
The Brabus mods centre on a billet stroker crank, taking the Mercedes-Benz 6.0-litre V12 out to 6.3 litres. It’s boosted by Brabus-spec turbos that are larger than the OE units, and it vents though a massive stainless steel exhaust system.
Special parts are needed to control 2.5 tonnes of besser-block at speeds in excess of 200km/h, so the G’s wheel track has been widened for stability, and monster 412mm brake discs with 8-piston callipers have been employed to pull it up. An adjustable air suspension set-up from Bilstein also manages to swerve topple-over.
Of course, there’s an over-the-top body kit crafted in carbon-fibre and an equally ostentatious, bespoke interior to match the performance. Even the floor in the G900 is covered in fine grain leather! Back seat passengers are treated to cup holders and a safe to keep any valuables.
No word on price for this very exclusive rig, but we think that if you’re seriously considering the Brabus G900, the price would be about as relevant to you as the fuel consumption figures.