Features Editor, Lifestyle Asia India & Contributor – Augustman
Over the years, Brabus, the German aftermarket tuning company known for architecting outlandish remodels of luxury cars, has made a name for itself by reworking the Mercedes S-class and G-Wagons stock models into 4x4s and 12 cylinder beasts. Striving to build yet another off-road brut, the German grease- thumbs have now turned a classy G-Wagon into a beefy armoured truck for terrain indulgences.
The Brabus 700 4×42? This is not in the headline. So which one is the correct one? isn’t for the
fainthearted. Built for more adventure than for leisure, the makeover starts with a 60 cm ground clearance, and the wagon swapping its city tyres for a set of Pirelli Scorpion ATR off-road ones.
Under its hood, rests a swift 300 horse-powered 5.5-litre engine that replaces the stock turbochargers for Brabus’ special performance turbos. Add this up and you get the power of 700 horses on a single pedal. The top speed for the Brabus 700 has been clocked at 250 kmph, which surprisingly has been capped. The SUV pulls 0-100 kmph in five seconds dead, keeping up to its off-road engine DNA. Brabus have been severely aggressive with its design – the face looks like an unrecognisable twin of the stock G-Class. Huge carbon mud-flaps and four rotating tyres along with the squarer facial frame actually works, considering they’re trying to stay true to stock design.
The driver can choose between the four drive modes – Comfort, Sport, Off- Road and Individual on the Brabus Touch Control Panel. The last of these setups allows adjusting the damper rate individually for each axle.
Brabus seem to be getting more dynamic with their design and have a very distinct and clear brand image as they boast their fleet of off-road brutes. The 700, however, is limited to just 10 builds of which three have already left the showroom. If you’d like to swap your city sedan for this beefy hiker, it should set you back by about US$250,000 plus tax. You’ll have to do a special trip to Germany and ship the car over to India for additional costs but it’s worth the hustle.
All Images: Courtesy Brabus