Running out of fresh and exciting ways to scare the kids? You’ll be wanting the new Brabus Rocket 900. As you can see, the Rocket is based on Merc’s AMG GT 4-door, so it’s essentially a practical luxury sedan. But then again, this is Brabus we’re talking about here.
Thus, under the hood is a heavily reworked version of the GT 63 S’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. We’ll run you through the numbers first to give you a sense of what this thing is about.
The Rocket 900 makes 888hp and 1,048Nm of torque. It’ll do 0-100kph in 2.8sec and 0-300kph in 23.9sec, and will reach a top speed of 330kph. All the while weighing a smidge over 2.1 tons. Sheesh.
The engine, then, is bored out to 4.5 liters with a new crankshaft and larger forged pistons. The standard turbos are replaced with two Brabus high-performance units, too, and there’s a carbon-fiber air intake system that grabs air from both sides of that front grille. Brabus also fits a high-pressure fuel pump, a remapped ECU, and a stainless-steel exhaust system, although the nine-speed auto gearbox remains as standard.
As has often been the case with Brabus, that’s why there’s only 1,048Nm of torque. Apparently, that figure is electronically limited from the 1,249Nm that the engine naturally produces. The top speed is also reined in by electronic baby sitters in order to protect the tires.
Those tires are also the reason for the rather dramatic arch extensions. With ultra-wide rubber on the rears, Brabus engineers developed a widebody kit that makes the 4-door 7.8cm wider than the standard car. What do we think of the looks? All the extra aero is made from carbon fiber (of course) and we have to admit we’re huge fans of the aero discs on those new forged wheels.
There’s a custom Brabus interior design as well, which includes new aluminum paddle shifters behind the steering wheel and a whole heap of stitching—because you can never have enough quilted leather. Although on second thoughts, maybe that’s too much.
Just 10 of these Rocket 900s will be built, with each one costing its new owner around £387,000 (P24.4 million).
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.