Brabus has revealed one of many wildest evolutions of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class that we have ever seen. Known as Crawler, the limited-edition off-roader was largely developed in-house by the German agency and it shares little or no with the SUV that it borrows styling cues from.
Whereas the Crawler may appear like a chopped-up G, there’s much more happening right here than meets the attention. Brabus proudly explains that that is the primary automobile it has constructed on a chassis designed in-house. Poke your head beneath it and you may spot a tubular body made with high-strength metal. Brabus additionally added entrance and rear portal axles, which the G-Class now not presents, plus adjustable shocks and aluminum struts.
Among the remaining physique panels appear like they arrive from the G-Wagon’s elements bin however none carry a Mercedes-Benz half quantity. Brabus made the bathtub out of carbon fiber to maintain weight in examine and not noted the doorways, home windows, and roof pillars. As a substitute, a carbon fiber physique panel hooked up to a tubular security cell protects the occupants from the solar. The roof-mounted spoiler provides a of completion to the look.
Climb inside (it is a good distance up, by the look of it) to seek out 4 particular person carbon fiber seats with harnesses and crimson marine-grade Silvertex upholstery, a digital instrument cluster, and a separate display screen that shows the navigation system. Relatively than asking patrons to shout over the V8’s growl, Brabus added a two-way communication system that lets the passengers discuss by way of an intercom built-in into every helmet.
Energy comes from a 4.5-liter V8 that is twin-turbocharged to develop 900 horsepower and 774 pound-feet of torque, figures that simply eclipse the regular-production G’s. The engine exhales via a high-performance exhaust system that ends in a pair of recommendations on either side, and it spins the 4 wheels by way of a nine-speed automated transmission. Brabus pegs the Crawler’s 0-60-mph time at 3.4 seconds. Its prime velocity checks in at 100 mph, which is surprisingly low contemplating the engine’s output however that is all of the off-road-rated tires can deal with.
Extra importantly, the Crawler presents over 20 inches of floor clearance thanks partially to 20-inch wheels. Beefy skid plates assist stop costly encounters between the assorted underbody elements and the lengthy listing of obstacles drivers can encounter within the desert.
Manufacturing of the Brabus Crawler is restricted to fifteen models worldwide. Pricing data hasn’t been introduced but, however nothing suggests it will likely be low-cost. And, patrons will finally find yourself paying quite a bit for what’s basically a toy: Brabus stresses that the Crawler is just not street-legal.