Brabus is the first company to turn the current Mercedes G-Class into a pickup truck but not just any pickup truck as you might have expected. This is the new Brabus 800 Adventure XLP, which is basically an extended G63 with a bed behind it, tuned to produce 789 HP (800 PS).
The Brabus 800 Adventure XLP is now longer by 27.1 inches (68.9 cm), with an overall length of 17.4 feet (5.31m), with an extra 20 inches (50 cm) added to the wheelbase alone. Brabus basically developed a special module that replaces the mounting points of the rear suspension for the ladder-frame chassis of the G-Class.
The truck pictured above is fitted with an optional luggage rack on the roof as well as a carbon wind deflector with four LED lights mounted on the front. The wheels are upgraded to 22-inch monoblock HS wheels with eight-lug pattern to fit the portal axles and are wrapped in 325/55 Pirelli Scorpion ATR all-terrain tires. And there’s an optional takeoff and landing bed for a 150-mph electrically powered drone from the German manufacturer Wingcopter. Casual.
Components like the bedsides are made out of carbon fiber while steel has been used in areas like the bespoke rear wall of the cabin, the bed floor and the fully functional taillgate. The front independent suspension features a new subframe along with various axle links that are CNC-machined while the rear retains its beam axle setup.
However, Brabus added a portal axle setup of its own design, resulting in a ground clearance of 19.2 inches (49 cm). Many of the suspension parts were newly designed and milled from billet aluminum, including a reinforced axle housing and all suspension links. The new Brabus 800 Adventure XLP rides on a model-specific variant of the company’s Ride Control titanium-coated coilover suspension, with tailored damper rates.
AMG’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine was upgraded with two Brabus turbochargers with larger compressors, new mapping, and more to produce 789 HP (800 PS) at 6,600 rpm and 737 lb-ft (1,000 Nm) of torque from 3,600 rpm. Brabus claims that the 800 Adventure XLP is capable of a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.8 seconds before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph (210 km/h) due to its all-terrain tires.
The less powerful base model, the 700-hp Brabus 700 Adventure XLP, starts at the equivalent of $424,155 in Europe (excluding taxes), with the First Edition 800 Adventure XLP starting at around $626,300.