Brabus celebrates its birthday with a G-Wagen-faced 900hp dune basher

It’s called the 900 Crawler
by Greg Potts | May 7, 2022
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class-based Brabus 900 Crawler in action
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And you thought Brabus’ mainstream modified Mercs were crazy creations. This is the all-new Brabus 900 Crawler. Built to celebrate the Bottrop-based tuner’s 45th birthday, it’s a non-road-legal desert racer made with a high-strength tubular frame chassis and bearing the face of a G-Class. Weren’t expecting that today, were you?

The Crawler (slightly creepy name) will be limited to just 15 cars built over the next three years, and each one will get a Mercedes-sourced twin-turbo V8 bored out to 4.5 liters and turned up to 888hp and 1,249Nm of torque. So much for the 780hp Superblack.

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class-based Brabus 900 Crawler in action

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The Mercedes-Benz G-Class-based Brabus 900 Crawler in action

The wild Brabus-spec G-Wagen body is crafted from exposed carbon fiber, and up on that separate roof section is a rear spoiler and a lightbar. Because everything needs a lightbar.

There’s permanent four-wheel drive (of course) and a nine-speed auto gearbox, plus giant off-road tires and portal axles front and rear for 53cm of ground clearance. Should help you clamber over all those obstacles in the um...desert. There’s a Brabus-developed suspension setup, too, with 160mm of spring travel and four-way adjustable shocks.

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Anyway, Brabus reckons that even with all of the off-road goodies, the two-ton Crawler should manage the 0-100kph sprint in 3.4sec. No word on how quick it’ll go on sand, but we wouldn’t bet on it being much slower. Top speed is limited to 160kph to protect the tires.

Recaro seats of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class-based Brabus 900 Crawler

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Steering wheel of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class-based Brabus 900 Crawler

The interior (if you can call it that) is made up of four racy-looking carbon-fiber Recaros that are clad in a bright-red Silvertex fabric that Brabus tends to use on its boats. There’s a Mercedes-Benz steering wheel and dial display in there, as well as a GPS-based off-road nav system for proper desert rallying.

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The price? A cool €749,000 (P41.4 million). Ouch.

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Wheel of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class-based Brabus 900 Crawler

Interior of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class-based Brabus 900 Crawler

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Rear quarter view of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class-based Brabus 900 Crawler

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The Mercedes-Benz G-Class-based Brabus 900 Crawler in action

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class-based Brabus 900 Crawler in action

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The Mercedes-Benz G-Class-based Brabus 900 Crawler in action

NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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