The Mercedes-AMG G65 is a wild twin-turbocharged V12 off-roader that already pushes the boundaries of what the aging G-Class platform is capable of.
Compared to the new Brabus 900 Rocket, however, the G65 is restrained and orderly. The new SUV, announced by the German tuner today ahead of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, is just about the craziest creation we’ve ever seen from a European tuning company – and that’s really saying something.
The 900 Rocket produces a crazy 900 horsepower and 1,106 lb-ft of torque from its bored-out 6.3-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine – up from 603 horsepower and 738 lb-ft in the G65. A power increase of that caliber required a significant engine overhaul, with Brabus installing enlarged cylinder bores, forged pistons, billet connecting rods, bigger turbochargers, a new intake (aided by that massive air scoop in the hood) and a reworked exhaust system, among much more. The result is a 6,250 lb SUV that will hustle from 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed of 168 mph.
Brabus applied a long list of other upgrades to help cope with the earth-shaking levels of power on tap. A wider track, afforded by the wide body kit and larger 23×11 Brabus wheels, helps to keep things stable at speed. Those larger wheels also make way for bigger aluminum cross-drilled brakes measuring 16.2-inches up front, which Brabus says are the largest brakes ever designed for use on an SUV. The massive carbon hood scoop and a special carbon panel beneath the radiator work together to provide extra cooling, while a Brabus-developed ride control system with adjustable dampers keeps things in check through the corners.
There’s was a clear focus on luxury and passenger comfort with the 900 Rocket as well. The interior has been completely overhauled in typical Brabus fashion, with shell-shaped stitching and black and white leather upholstery adorning the seats and other parts of the cabin. The roof liner is Alcantara and interwoven with hundreds of optical fibers, allowing the user to adjust the color and ambiance of the lighting in the cabin. The rear bench seat has been replaced with two captain’s chairs with a 4.3-inch digital display in between, which gives passengers access to the seat controls and the rear climate control settings. Two fold out, airline-style tray tables offer enough space to work on a computer or tablet.
Just 10 examples of the Brabus 900 Rocket will be built – a figure that the German company is strictly enforcing. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but you probably don’t care what it costs if you’re one of the lucky 10 looking to get their hands on this insane SUV. Look for it to debut in the flesh at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show later this week.
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