German tuner Brabus has created a pickup truck based on the Mercedes-AMG G 63. The pickup bed of this example can also accommodate the take-off and landing module for an optional Wingcopter drone that is intended to aid rescue operations.
As for the truck, the conversion began by extending the wheelbase by 50 cm (20-inches). The Brabus engineers apparently used state-of-the-art design and engineering software to run the calculations required for this. They developed a special module for the ladder frame chassis, which is claimed to fully preserve the torsional rigidity while replacing the mounting points for the rear suspension.
The overall length is 5.31 meters, which is 68.9 cm more than a stock G 63 without the spare wheel at the rear. The truck also sports Brabus’ Widestar widebody design with components made from composite materials.
In addition to the portal axles, the Brabus 800 Adventure XLP gets a tailor-made suspension setup with damping rates specifically tuned to match the increased ground clearance resulting from the portal axles. The driver can control the suspension with the standard Dynamic Select controls of the G 63.
The truck rides on a new 22-inch Brabus Monoblock HD wheels shod with Pirelli Scorpion ATR all-terrain tires.
The 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo motor puts out 588 kW (800 hp) at 6,600 rpm and a peak torque of 1,000 Nm (737 lb-ft) at 3,600 rpm, thanks to the larger turbos with new mapping for injection, boost pressure control and ignition.
The high-performance truck is claimed to sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 210 km/h (limited).
The photos here showcase the “First Edition” model which is outfitted with the finest leather, whose burned oak color creates a contrast with the optional Rocket silver matte exterior paintwork.
Prices start at €389,831 (excluding VAT in Germany). More information here.
The optional high-end drone is claimed to reach speeds of up to 240 km/h (150 mph) and is able to transport aid supplies and rescue equipment autonomously over a distance of up to 120 km (75 miles) to areas that not even this vehicle with extreme off-road capabilities could reach.
The Brabus 800 Adventure XLP here in the photos sells for €666,386 including options and the Wingcopter.