Most people enter their mid-life crisis around the age of 45, at which point they can do much to make themselves feel young again. On its 45th anniversary, Brabas celebrated only one way of knowing how – no, not buying a Porsche or getting a concubine. Instead, it has built a bunkers off-road machine with no doors, no windscreen and enough power and torque to orbit a small planet.
Boys and girls, welcome to the Brabus 900 Crawler, a company crazy car that is not properly known for being a compressed purple. Despite the look that will make you believe, this hardcore is not based on the 4 × 4 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, but a bespoke tubular frame made of high-strength steel, and despite its name, the crawler is high instead of rock climbing. – Built to run in the desert of speed.
Part of that name Is That’s right, though. The Mercedes-AMG M177 Twin-Turbo V8 is bored from 4.0 to 4.5 liters and pumps a whopping 900 PS at 6,200 rpm and a ridiculous 1,250 Nm of torque at 2,900 rpm. The benefits come from creating a 1.4 bar boost from fake pistons, precision-balanced connecting rods, a billet crankshaft, and Brabas’ own turbocharger. Oh, and a Brabus active exhaust for better measurement.
Unfortunately, the company had to limit torque output Just 1,050 Nm, probably to prevent AMG Speedshift MCT nine-speed automatic gearbox from turning into a metal part of the tooth. Even such a hamstring – and with a weight of over two tons – this behemoth can go from zero to 100 km / h at a speed of 3.4 seconds, although off-road tires prevent it from going faster than the 160 km / h limit. .
The reason for all this weight – despite the empty-bone nature of the crawler – is for the hardware below. You will find a permanent all-wheel-drive system with G-Class triple electronic locking differential, as well as four-way adjustable aluminum damper and suspension components combined with solid aluminum. These include wheel edges, control arms, front subframe and rear housing for live axles.
To enhance off-road capabilities, crawler sports portal axles – just like the previous generation G500 4 × 42 And AMG G 63 6 × 6 – which pushes the wheels down the axle center line. With 20-inch eight-lag alloy wheels and huge off-road tires, they allow the car to offer an impressive 53 cm ground clearance, twice that of the standard G-Class.
Lack of carbon fiber bodywork and doors and glass top, red structure / roll cage makes itself visible in their absence. The Mini-G-Wagon front end not only gives the crawler a bit of a clever look but also opens up as much as possible to feed the huge radiators. The bonnet includes vents for the engine as well as vents that enable heat to escape.
Along the side, the fat wheel arches (including the front empty vent) hold large wheels and tires, and the wide rocker panels are strong enough to act as side steps. The roof has a simple carbon panel to keep out the sun and has a fresh air vent and twin LED light bars.
Going backwards, the crawler gets a quick release for the 100-liter racing fuel cell, along with slim G-Class taillights, a large roof-mounted wing, and a full-size external spare. Biffy skid plates on the front and back mean you don’t have to worry about hitting that sand dune flat. Just … try not to roll it, okay?
Not that you won’t be safe, four carbon bucket seats and four-point shoes will keep you hooked. Brabas did not shy away from luxury here, but also red-quilted Silvertex seats are furnished – a high-tech, hard-wearing fabric from the company’s Speedboat that is water-, dust- and fade-resistant. The “B” badge is embroidered on each headrest.
The front of the cabin will look familiar to Mercedes owners, with an AMG flat-bottomed steering wheel (complete with optional drive buttons with a larger pedal shifter and color display) and a widescreen display panel with a pair of 12.3-inch screens. Starter buttons, electronic parking brake levers and G-Class recognized triple locking diff buttons are mounted in the central tunnel.
Hardcore dessert racers will be happy to know that the crawler comes with a dedicated GPS navigation system and an intercom system in front of the front passenger that allows passengers to hear each other on the sound of wind, sand below and that awesome engine. Brabus has been in town here in red, which adorns the steering wheel, GPS display holder, footwall and even the paddle.
How much for all this exaggeration? OK, crawler retail 749,000 (RM3.4 million) Except Tax, which is a lot for a toy, let’s not forget, the road is not legal. A total of 15 will be built – five this year, five next year and five more in 2024.