Brabus is known for improving Mercedes-AMG models’ performance, but the German tuner opted to go much farther with a bespoke off-road vehicle built for conquering the desert.
Starting with the exterior, the Brabus Crawler shares visual elements with the Mercedes G-Class but actual components are limited to the LED lighting units. The bodywork is entirely new, made of high-grade carbon-fibre and based on a bespoke ladder-frame chassis.
The entire frame is a custom high-strength steel tube design that shares no dimensions with the actual G-class. The Crawler’s 21.0 inches of ground clearance takes the opposite approach of the slammed G63 900 Rocket, although this door-free SUV leashes itself to 99 mph.
Under the hood, you will find the potent Brabus tuned 4.5-litre twin-turbo V8 delivering 888 hp (662 kW) and 1,250 Nm (922 lb-ft) of torque. Despite being built to hit the path less travelled, it can still run to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.4 seconds. The top speed is down to 160 km/h (100 mph) due to the mammoth off-road tyres.
The Crawler is also ill-equipped for overlanding. For that, you’ll want the roof rack and pickup bed of the Brabus 800 Adventure XLP. Additionally, the Crawler’s oversaturated red bucket seats are far too conspicuous for those in search of a Brabus-badged Mercedes with a more monochrome look (for that, there’s the 800 Black Ops Edition).
Pricing starts at €749,000, or about $790,000 at current exchange rates. Note that the 900 Crawler is not road legal. Production will be limited to 15 units, with the first five scheduled for delivery later this year. Brabus plans to deliver an additional five units in 2023, and the final five in 2024.