Brabus is a a company that never disappoints. With the unofficial motto of “Black, Fast and Expensive” Brabus will unveil a 700hp version of the Mercedes-Benz G Wagon at the Geneva Auto Show in March.
Called the Brabus G V12 S Biturbo, this SUV is powered by a fully reworked version of a Mercedes biturbo V12 engine, as found in the S600. Barbus bores and strokes the engine for a displacement increase from 5.5- to 6.3-liters. The heads are also reworked and feature new camshafts.
To feed the massive V12, Brabus swaps out the Mercedes turbochargers in favor of its own units. A completely new intercooler system is also required to help the engine maintain an optimum operating temperature. A new exhaust system is also a part of the package, as is a new ECU that ensures the truck meets the Euro IV emissions regulations.
Total output is 700hp at 5100 rpm and 811 ft-lbs of torque at 2100 rpm. The engine actually produces 973 ft-lbs of torque but the number is electronically limited to 811 ft-lbs to prolong the life of the transmissions and axles.
Brabus maintains that its G Wagon is still a true off-roader and features a “special” five-speed automatic transmission and permanent four-wheel drive. The sprint to 62 mph takes just 4.2 seconds and top speed is limited to 150 mph… with a theoretical top speed of 163 mph. (Is that all Brabus? We expected a little more).
The Brabus G Wagon rolls low on a custom suspension setup and on lightweight Brabus Monoblock VI wheels that measure 21×10.5-inches, with 295/40/21 tires at all four corners. Inside those 21s can be found a big brake kit.
Outside, the SUV maintains the G Wagon good looks with some minor modifications, including a Brabus front lip with LED daytime running lights, special running board covers with integrated LED ground lighting and a Brabus rear bumper.
Inside, the interior is fully customized, although subtly so, with a new Brabus steering wheel, a new speedometer with a 175 mph top speed, and stainless steel kick plates that feature an illuminated Brabus logo. The interior also comes fully coated in Brabus Mastik leather.
Options include eight-inch LCD screens in the back of the headrests, a DVD player, TV tuner and game console, and wireless headphones.
Brabus is a registered manufacturer in Germany and so the Brabus G V12 S Biturbo is sold as a Brabus and not a Mercedes. As for the cost? It’s a pricey 379,000 euros, or $476,000.
Official release after the jump:
World Debut at the Geneva Motor Show 2009
The World’s Most Powerful Off-Roader BRABUS G V12 S Biturbo with 700 hp (690 bhp) / 515 kW and 1,320 Nm (973 lb-ft)
BRABUS G V12 S Biturbo: The world’s most powerful off-roader comes from BRABUS (Brabus-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777 111, Internet www.brabus.com). It is built by hand based on the latest Mercedes G-Class. The exclusive five-door is powered by a BRABUS SV12 S displacement engine. Like all special models of BRABUS – recognized by the German Vehicle Registration Agency as a vehicle manufacturer – the BRABUS G V12 S Biturbo comes with a comprehensive luxury package. The ultra-powerful 4×4 starts at 379,000 Euros.
The BRABUS SV12 S engine is based on the V12 Biturbo engine from the latest Mercedes S 600. Before being implanted in the engine bay of the G-Class, displacement of the three-valve engine is increased from 5.5 to 6.3 liters (336 to 384 cubic inches) using a special crankshaft with longer stroke, larger cylinders and larger bore. In addition, the cylinder heads are re-machined and fitted with special camshafts.
The engine peripherals were upgraded with larger turbochargers, an optimized intercooling system and a stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system with free-flow metal catalysts. The exahust was custom-developed for the G-Class and features dual chrome-plated tailpipes that exit in front of the rear wheels on the left and right side. New precision mapping for the engine electronics coordinate the perfect interaction of all new components. The results are an exemplary smooth-running engine and maximum power yield while meeting the strict limits set by the EURO IV emission norm.
In the G-Class the BRABUS S V12 S displacement engine produces 700 hp (690 bhp) / 515 kW at 5,100 rpm. The turbocharged twelve-cylinder engine delivers its peak torque of 1,320 Nm (973 lb-ft) at 2,100 rpm. In the car, the peak torque is electronically limited to 1,100 Nm (811 lb-ft).
The BRABUS G V12 S Biturbo offers acceleration performance almost unimaginable for a true off-roader: Combined with a special five-speed automatic transmission and permanent four-wheel drive the exclusive SUV catapults itself from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.3 seconds. Top speed is limited electronically to 240 km/h (150 mph). Without the self-imposed limit the high-tech G-Class model could reach 260 km/h (163 mph).
This superior performance necessitates the use of custom-tailored BRABUS Monoblock wheels. Below the subtle fender flares is room for Monoblock light-alloy wheels with diameters between 20 and 22 inches, mounted with high-performance tires from Pirelli or YOKOHAMA. The forged BRABUS Monoblock VI 10.5Jx21 light-alloys are shod with size 295/40 R 21 tires front and back. BRABUS offers a wide selection of ten-inch wide wheels in the five different Monoblock VI, E, G, Q and S designs with a diameter of 22 inches.
For optimal handling BRABUS equips the special model G V12 S Biturbo with a comfortable custom suspension. To keep the incredible performance safely in check at all times the BRABUS high-performance brake system comes standard.
The body of the BRABUS G V12 S Biturbo is distinguished by sporty yet elegant aerodynamic-enhancement components. The BRABUS front apron with its LED daytime running lights below the main headlights lends the 4×4 an even more striking face. The rear is customized with the BRABUS rear bumper.
The BRABUS designers have developed special caps for the standard running boards of the Mercedes G-Class. They add some visual pizzazz to the G-Class and for added practicality feature integrated LED lights activated by the key fob or by opening a door. They illuminate the running boards in the dark.
The custom interior of the BRABUS G V12 S Biturbo is highly exclusive as well: It includes an ergonomically shaped sport steering wheel, a speedometer with 280-km/h scale (175 mph), stainless-steel scuff plates with illuminated BRABUS logo and a handcrafted BRABUS fully leather interior made from especially soft and breathable BRABUS Mastik leather.
Upon customer request BRABUS transforms the SUV into fully functional all-terrain office on wheels or can integrate a custom-tailored high-tech multimedia system with state-of-the-art communication technology, DVD changer, DVBT TV tuner, game console and eight-inch LCD screens in the back of the front headrests. The sound in the rear compartment is reproduced by infrared headphones.