Renowned Mercedes-Benz tuner Brabus has turned up the heat on the German carmaker’s G-Class off-roader in a new model debuting at the Geneva Motor Show.
Called the 550 Adventure, the newcomer is based on the regular G 500 4WD but with the usual dose of Brabus extremism.
A Brabus isn’t a Brabus without a sizable boost to horsepower, and the 550 is no different with new outputs from the twin-turbo, 4.0 litre V8 petrol engine of 404kW (550 BHP – hence the name) and 800Nm of torque. Fuel consumption is rated at 13.8 l/100km.
Coupled with a seven-speed automatic transmission (with paddle-shifters), the 550 can hit 100km/h from rest in 6.7 seconds, on its way to an electronically-limited top speed of 210km/h.
Brabus says the 550 could achieve a higher top speed, but the specialist off-road rubber that the 550 wears wouldn’t cope.
And the rubber isn’t the only off-roading mod, with electronically-adjustable suspension, brush guards, front bumper and undercarriage guards, mesh guards for the tail-lamps and Xenon headlamps and, of course, a winch.
Suspension upgrades include an expansion chamber for each strut allowing for a 15 percent boost in available damper fluid volume, while the driver can select individual ride-heights for the front and rear along with Comfort, Sport, Off-Road and Individual driving modes.
Don’t expect a cabin full of switches to control all of the toys, however, as Brabus has instead fitted a touchscreen which also controls the movable roof-mounted lighting and winch, and includes a “black-out” option which turns off every light with a single touch.
The exterior package is finished with a unique Light Slate Grey paint finish, a new selectable exhaust system, power-retractable side steps, a matte carbon-fibre bonnet scoop and more.
Inside, there’s Mastik leather and Alcantara to match the paint finish, powered seats with heating and ventilation, aluminium pedals and LED reading lights, along with heated and cooled cup holders.
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