Merc G63 Double-cab with 588 kW

Brabus gets hold of a G-Class and may just have turned it into the double-cab to rule them all.

Brabus has done the unthinkable and made AMG’s G-Class even more capable.

The German automotive fabrication and engineering specialist has applied its substantial skills to the latest generation G-Glass, in particular AMG’s G63 version, and the results are astounding

Most striking is the configuration. Unlike the standard G63, this Brabus 800 Adventure XLP is a double-cab bakkie, instead of a station wagon.

To achieve the change in body style, Brabus added substantially to the wheelbase and overall length of G-Class. The ladder-frame chassis is stretched, which results in a 500 mm longer wheelbase and 680 mm gain in overall length, compared to a conventional G63.

Brabus says the modifications all fall within the factory specification for G63’s torsional rigidity and the bakkie’s loadbox features a steel base and tailgate, with carbon sides, to keep overall weight gain within acceptable parameters.

Beyond the new rear-section, Brabus has also added its own bonnet (with obligatory scoops), bumper (with an integrated winch), oversized fenders, roof-rack (with LEDs) and roll bar.

The 800 Adventure XLP bakkie’s radical appearance is underpinned by some serious capability. Brabus has boosted the 4-litre twin-turbo V8 to 588 kW and 1 000 Nm, which gives this massive double-cab bakkie remarkable performance credentials: 0-100 kph in 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 210 kph.

That top speed might sound a touch low, considering the V8 engine’s power, Brabus has wisely limited the 800 Adventure XLP’s velocity, due to the off-road biased 22-inch tyres that it rolls on. Supplied by Pirelli, these Scorpion ATR all-terrain tyres measure 325/55.

Perhaps the most novel aspect of this G63 double-cab conversion, are its axles. Drawing inspiration from the Mercedes-Benz Unimog range of all-terrain trucks, the 800 Adventurer XLP features portal axles. With the dual-gear drive system at each wheel, portal axles allow for huge gains in ground clearance and the 800 Adventure XLP has 490 mm of obstacle crossing ability.

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