Brabus’ 45th anniversary special
The stock G Wagon is already a superbly capable off-roader; after all, it wears a schockl badge. But what if you wanted to push that capability to the max and then some? Well, the Brabus 900 Crawler might be the perfect solution. But the 900 Crawler specializes only in off-roading; meaning, the vehicle is not legal on public roads. If you’re okay with that, well, you gotta hurry up as Brabus is building only 15 units with each costing €749,000 (excluding VAT).
The Brabus 900 Crawler is mostly made out of carbon fibre, topped off with a high-strength tubular steel frame painted in Brabus red. The roof is also made of carbon fibre, obviously, but for some reason, there’s a wing at the rear. But anyway, the buggy rides on portal axles that offer a ground clearance of 20.9-inches or 53 centimetres. In addition, height-adjustable struts offer 6.3-inches of spring travel, thus making the vehicle suitable for use in extreme terrain. The shock absorbers are 4-way adjustable: for high and low speed and in 12 clicks each for compression and rebound. The 20-inch forged wheels are wrapped with 40-inch off-road tyres.
Inside, the driver and three passengers are strapped into carbon racing seats with four-point seatbelts; the seats are covered in bright red Silvertex fabric adopted from Brabus Marine’s boats.
As for the business end of the story, the desert racer packs a 4.4-litre (4,407 cc) V8 biturbo motor that pumps out 662 kW (900 metric hp) at 6,200 rpm and a peak torque of 1,250 Nm (922 lb-ft) at 2,900 rpm. But the torque is electronically limited to 1,050 Nm (774 lb-ft). The engine is coupled with a 9-speed automatic transmission and permanent all-wheel drive system with electronically controlled locking differentials. There are paddle shifters for additional fun. As for the official performance figures, for those who care, 0-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time is 3.4 seconds and the top speed is 160 km/h (99 mph).