It may not look like a G-Class, but it is one. Or at least, it used to be. Because now it wears the Brabus logo with pride and looks like a super buggy.
It’s extreme. It’s unstoppable. It’s bold. These are just a few of the epithets that Brabus themselves use to describe this buggy. They also mention “supercar”, but we have our doubts about that.
First things first. That 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that we have heard of time and time again is now a 4.5-liter V8 with 900 PS (888 HP) and 1,250 Nm (922 lb-ft). Torque is actually limited at 1,050 Nm (774 lb-ft). otherwise, the transmission would have probably blown up in flames.
But Brabus blew off all the stock figures. And that’s because the weight of the G 63 is long gone, dropping from almost 2.5-tons to 2,065 kilograms (4,553 pounds), as the now used a brand new lightweight chassis, featuring a high-strength steel tube frame in red for the Brabus 900 Crawler.
To feel the adrenaline and get covered in sand while dune-bashing in the desert, the four-seater offers an open-air experience. There are no doors and gone are the windows as well. Exposed carbon fiber panels replaced the one the car rolled off the assembly line with.
The Brabus engineers fitted front and rear portal axles and damping and height-adjustable shock absorbers. The 900 Crawler wears 20-inch Brabus Monoblock HD forged wheels. 53 centimeters (20.8 inches) provide the gap between the soil (whatever that is) and the vehicle.
The Brabus 900 Crawler costs more than you might think
Bucket seats in red leather with carbon fiber frames and five-point seatbelts have replaced the standard ones.
Only 15 such units will be available worldwide. Five of them will get to their new owners this year.
And if you want to know the price, you’d better sit down. And take a deep breath, cause you might hyperventilate when you hear this. Brabus asks €749,000 ($786,768) for this thing that you can’t even take out on public roads, because it’s not street-legal.