If you’re a regular reader of this website, you’d know by now that we’re huge fans of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. The sheer power, extreme off-road capability, and luxurious interior conspire to give new meaning to "roughing it." And just look at the thing: It’s gorgeous in a macho sort of way.
So imagine our delight when we learned that tuner Brabus is now offering a more potent, more comfortable and even handsomer version of the outlandish G500 4x4². The upgrade begins with touches like a mirror-like finish for the standard front bumper, which likewise gets left and right panels. The fascia also gets a revised hood scoop, radiator grille, headlamp surrounds, and other bits made from carbon trim.
On the side, the integrated running boards feature underfloor illumination. This not only gives the truck an upscale look, but also lights up the way for drivers and occupants when getting in and out of the vehicle. The exterior tweaks are completed with polished rear skid plates and a Brabus bumper.
One noteworthy feature that this modified G500 4x4² has is the front lighting system. The bumper-mounted lamps are LEDs, while the LED headlights and daytime running lights are black-tinted. These all combine to give the face a mean appearance while making nighttime driving as bright as day, so to speak.
In the cabin, Brabus trims the seats and other surfaces using Mastik leather with an arrow-like quilt design. The look is accentuated by red contrast stitching, Alcantara pieces on various surfaces, stainless-steel scuff plates with the backlit Brabus logo, and aluminum fittings. There are even optional power-retractable side stepboards that make ingress and egress much easier. This is most useful given the high ride height.
The real treat for this Brabus upgrade, however, is what’s under the hood. The standard 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 already packs a strong 422hp. Thanks to the German tuner’s B40-500 PowerXtra Performance kit, output has been boosted to 500hp at 5,500rpm and an equally robust torque figure of 710Nm at 2,250-4,250rpm. Coursed through a seven-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters, the extra muscle allows the almost three-ton SUV to sprint from 0 to 100kph in a mere 6.9 seconds, before going all the way to an electronically limited 210kph top speed.
For total peace of mind, would-be owners will be happy to know that the Brabus performance kit comes with a factory warranty of three years or 100,000km. That means worry free motoring wherever you may go with this awesome beast.