It’s hard not to give the Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6 the applause it deserves because not doing so would probably result in the vehicle jumping off our page and slapping us silly with those two extra tires.
All joking aside, this vehicle really is one for the ages. Adding German tuner extraordinaire Brabus into the equation, makes this one monster ride that will no doubt leave every other vehicle scampering away and cowering in fear by the vehicle’s mere presence.
At the Frankfurt Auto Show , Brabus will present its program for the G63 AMG 6x6. You had better find a nice place to hide because if this Brabus-tuned G63 AMG 6x6 finds you looking at it funny, it might just decide to give you a knee-buckling stare of its own.
Give credit to Brabus for taking the time to work on a vehicle like this. Chances are, the company enjoyed working on it so much that Brabus engineers likely "tested" the model extensively.
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To be honest, the G63 AMG 6x6 doesn’t really need any visual upgrades to make it look scarier than it already it is. But true to its nature as an aftermarket powerhouse that leaves no stone unturned, Brabus went ahead and gave the utility vehicle what it describes as a "strategic visual upgrade".
By "strategic," Brabus meant giving the G63 AMG 6x6 new front spoiler edges that come with an additional molding just below the special radiator grille, which now comes with an integrated BRABUS logo. Carbon-fiber hood scoops add some extra aggression, as well as a mirror-polished under-ride guard that serves more than just offering a nice contrast to the vehicle’s blacked-out paint finish.
Proving that Brabus’ has more upgrades than your usual tuner, dark-tinted LED lights were also added and integrate into the aforementioned front spoiler edges. But LEDs aren’t the only kind of lights that are now part of the package. Brabus also added in Xenon headlights and daytime running lights, with the latter now serving the purpose as an integrated turn signal. Brabus covered the standard turn signal location with clear-coated, matte carbon-fiber covers just so nothing seems out of place with the multitude of visual upgrades Brabus did to the G63 AMG 6x6.
There’s no mistaking the kind of intimidation the G63 AMG 6x6 exudes once you look at its exterior. But the cabin is another thing, especially after Brabus finished dressing it up with its trademark fine red and black leather and Alcantara. There’s nothing subdued about what the tuner did to the interior of this menacing ride, opting to give it the kind of bombastic craftsmanship that would make any leather-loving customer blush in the exact shade of the cabin trim.
Stainless-steel scuff plates with back-lit BRABUS logos were also added, as well as pronounced accents with aluminum pedals and door-lock pins.
Still, that red and black leather and Alcantara just can’t seem to escape our eyes.
With all of Brabus’ aftermarket projects, the unquestioned highlight are always the performance modifications. it’s no different with the G63 AMG 6x6 because the German tuner really went all out in giving it the kind of upgrade it can be proud of.
In this instance, Brabus used its B63S - 700 performance kit, which, incidentally, is also available for all other current Mercedes-Benz 63 AMG SUVs. But this is the G63 AMG 6x6 we’re talking about here, and with the addition of pair of special BRABUS turbochargers with a larger compressor unit, and a Gold Heat Reflection sheathing for the intake and charge-air pipes that further lowers the air temperature.
With all of those upgrades, Brabus increased the output of this mastodon of a vehicle to 700 horsepower and 708 pound-feet of torque — a staggering increase of 156 horsepower and 147 pound-feet from its standard numbers. With the modifications, the G63 AMG 6x6 is now capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.4 seconds (remarkable for an SUV this big) with an electronically-limited top speed of 100 mph.
Last we checked, the Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6 isn’t available to the public and is limited mostly for military use. So unless you’re signing off on purchasing one for your next military excursion, then you’re not going to worry about forking over what we assume to be close to $500,000 for the ride with its full Brabus upgrade included.
Tough to really find a suitable competition for a vehicle like the G63 AMG 6x6 because for one, you don’t often see cars with six wheels on them; and two, it’s not really available in the market for public consumers.
Still, SUV monstrosities are also available somewhere in the world, one of which is the indefatigable Dartz Prombron. But Dartz doesn’t just do its Prombrons to be run-off-the-mill; it actually has special edition models that you can choose from, including one called the Iron Snake.
Unlike the G63 AMG 6x6, the Prombron is available to the public. Just like the G63 AMG 6x6, it’s mind-bending ridiculous. For starters, it uses space aluminum for its body, which is something you rarely see. It’s also got a grille with gold flourishes, a hood that’s covered with leaf gold formed like snakeskin, and as an option, a "snake" diamond hood ornament from Smolensk Kristall.
Oh, and the Prombron Iron Snake also has an AMG-sourced 5.5-liter V-8 biturbo engine that produces 557 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque with a 0-to-60 mph time of just 4.9 seconds. At least that’s one thing the Prombron has in common with the G63 AMG 6x6.
Gallery Dartz Black Snake
We know Brabus is awesome. We also know that the G63 AMG 6x6 is downright redonkilicious. Put those two together and you create a monstrosity that few others in this world can line up to without wetting themselves. But in the end, it’s not available to the public, so whatever gushing we may have for this SUV and the attached program, that’s as far an enjoyment we can have of it.
- Insane look
- Polished up interior cabin
- Has power in loads
- Not available to the public
- Way too expensive
- It’s not like parking your Fiat 500, we can promise you that much
The Mercedes G 63 AMG 6x6 built in small-series production comes normally with a 5.5-liter eight-cylinder four-valve Biturbo engine producing 400 kW / 544 hp (536 bhp). BRABUS (Brabus-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777 111, internet www.brabus.com) can draw upon the world’s most extensive engine tuning program for Mercedes-Benz automobiles in the case of this special model as well.
The BRABUS B63S - 700 performance kit, which is also available for all other current Mercedes-Benz 63 AMG SUVs, unleashes the inherent power slumbering in the turbocharged V8 engine. To realize the enormous power increase by 115 kW / 156 hp (154 bhp) the peripherals of the V8 are modified extensively.
The production turbochargers are replaced by two special BRABUS turbochargers with larger compressor unit, which produce a higher boost pressure. BRABUS Gold Heat Reflection sheathing for the intake and charge-air pipes further lower the charge-air temperature. This measure contributes equally to the power yield and to the flawless durability, which also manifests itself in the BRABUS Tuning Warranty of three years, up to 100,000 kilometers/62,000 miles (see BRABUS Warranty Terms and Conditions, updated July 2013) that is unparalleled in the industry.
In addition, special high-performance metal catalysts with 75-mm (2.9 in.) downpipes are installed to lower the back pressure. The stainless-steel sport exhaust system with controlled butterfly valve was custom-developed for the G 63 6x6 AMG and offers both optimized power yield and active control of the exhaust note. Drivers can select at the push of a button between the subtle “Coming Home” mode and a markedly potent exhaust note in the “Sport” position. The BRABUS exhaust system also puts its visual stamp on both sides of the vehicles with two striking dual sidepipes.
Specially calibrated BRABUS mapping for the engine management system coordinates the perfect interaction of all high-performance components while also ensuring compliance with the stringent EURO V emission standards.
With these major modifications the B63S - 700 engine, which is also available for the G 63 AMG 4x4 model, produces 515 kW / 700 hp (690 bhp) at a low 5,300 rpm. The BRABUS engine also delivers a much heftier torque: between 2,000 rpm and 4,500 rpm the engine sends a massive 960 Nm (708 lb-ft) of torque instead of the standard 760 Nm (561 lb-ft) to the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission. This is complemented by special BRABUS aluminum shift paddles that facilitate manual gearshifts from the multifunction steering wheel of the G-Class. The high-tech lubricants for the entire powertrain are supplied by technology partner MOTUL.
Thus equipped the six-wheeled heavyweight turns in an acceleration performance that can measure up to full-blooded sports cars. 7.4 seconds for 0 - 100 km/h (62 mph) are absolute tops for a vehicle weighing in at just less than four tons. The heavy-duty off-road tires the 6x6 is equipped with necessitate limiting the top speed to 160 km/h (100 mph).
BRABUS also gives the 6x6 a strategic visual upgrade. The imposing nature of the front is further strengthened by purposeful modifications. The BRABUS front spoiler edges attach to the production fascia and are combined with an additional molding below the special radiator grille with integrated BRABUS logo. The BRABUS carbon-fiber hood scoop adds another striking highlight. The mirror-polished BRABUS underride guard provides an interesting contrast to the all-black paintwork.
The innovative BRABUS lighting concept sets further visual signals. It includes dark-tinted LED lights integrated into the front spoiler edges. Even more dominant are the black BRABUS xenon headlights and daytime running lights with integrated turn-signal function for all current models of the venerable off-roader. The now obsolete production turn signals on top of the fenders are replaced with clear-coated matt carbon-fiber covers. In conjunction with the matt carbon-fiber structure on the hood and the carbon-fiber shells for the exterior mirrors they round out the belligerent 6x6 look to full effect.
Another focus of the BRABUS refinement for the mightiest G model ever is in the cockpit. The company upholstery shop meticulously crafted an exclusive BRABUS fine leather ambiance from a combination of fiery red and black leather and Alcantara.
The great love of detail and the quality of the upholsterers’ craftsmanship is evident in the pinpoint precision of the topstitching of the leather floor and the headliner. The passengers are welcomed by stainless-steel scuff plates with backlit BRABUS logo. The BRABUS interior designers add some pronounced accents with aluminum components such as pedals and door-lock pins.