The super-exclusive, one-of-a-kind G-Class SUV you must own in this lifetime

These days, V-12s are a big deal and every enthusiast wants to grab one for themselves before they go extinct; in exchange for some big bucks, obviously. Enter Brabus, the aftermarket tuner known to make you go from a being a millionaire to broke in a matter of seconds. But, in return, you become a proud owner of a super-exclusive vehicle that is comparable to absolutely nothing.

Brabus’ latest creation is this V-12 Mercedes G-Class off-roader that is being premiered at the Frankfurt Auto Show. Called the Brabus G V12 900 "One of Ten”, this SUV is the perfect ode to the V-12s that will be retired soon from Mercedes’ stable.

  • 2019 Mercedes G-Class 900 V-12 by Brabus
  • Year:
    2019
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V12
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    888
  • Torque @ RPM:
    885
  • Displacement:
    6.3 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3.8 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    174 mph
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • Purpose:
  • body style:

Exterior

  • All-black treatment on the outside
  • Carbon fiber elements on the bumpers
  • 23-inch and 24-inch wheels on offer
  • Power bulges on the hood
  • LED lights on the sides
  • Slim horizontal taillights
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On the onset, Brabus has just about enhanced the ruggedness of the SUV instead of giving it a new look as such. Upfront, the G V12 900 wears a familiar face but with subtle changes. The signature round headlights of the G-Class are retained and it can be mistaken for nothing else. The vertical slat grille wears a big Brabus logo in the middle instead of the tristar.

The bumper comes with a honeycomb design, known as the Widestar, split into three parts.

The front end is fitted with large air intakes to provide the engine, radiators, and brakes with the necessary supply of fresh air. The skid plate makes use of carbon fiber to add more pizzazz to an already funky SUV.

Move slightly up and you’ll notice a bulge on the hood with a twin scoop unit, also made of carbon fiber. It would’ve been better if Brabus had eliminated this as it would make the G V12 900 look more robust and less Jimny-like. However, Brabus says that the bulges have given more space under the hood to accommodate the V-12 engine. Well, in that case, we are completely okay with a little being sacrificed in the aesthetics department if it makes up for it in the performance department.

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The side profile of the SUV is retro and sporty. It looks like some kid drew the G-wagon on a paper and ran it through a 3-D printer. That is one of the reasons why we love the SUV so much. The square windows at the rear complement the boxy design.

Brabus has installed air intakes on the popped-out fenders that run down along the side skirting to work as a sidestep.

Twin exhaust pipes peep out from here and look great in black chrome applique. The LEDs integrated into the extensions that connect the front and rear fenders to the side step illuminate the entrance areas when a door handle is pulled or the Keyless Go system is activated. The cross-braces of the front fenders also light up then, adding more pizzazz to the overall appearance. The G V12 900 is offered with two choices of wheels - 24-inch, 10-spoke wheels wrapped in 295/30 tires in the front, and 355/25 tires in the back. The other option is a 23-inch set wrapped in high-performance Continental rubber in 295/35 in the front and 335/30 in the back.

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Move to the back and you’ll notice that things are equally interesting, but not as ‘gaudy’ – if I dare say. There is a skid plate at the bottom made of carbon fiber. There are carbon fiber vents even here, just like the front, that complete the look. At the top is a Brabus roof wing which also uses the same carbon fiber elements to further enhance the looks. The overall appearance is striking with ‘BRABUS’ lettering embossed on a plate in the middle of the tailgate. The taillights are slim units just above the bumper and are the only thing on the whole of the SUV that breaks the retro monotony.

Interior

  • Orange and beige dual-tone theme
  • Headliner made of Alcantara
  • Carbon fiber elements inside the cabin as well
  • Paddle shifters behind the steering wheel
  • Analog gauges for the rear passengers
  • Air vents on the roof and pillars
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Unlike many aftermarket tuners, Brabus has paid attention to the interior of the G V12 900 as well.

The dual-tone cabin comes with an orange shade on the roof, pillars, and flooring, whereas the seats are covered in beige leather.

This contrasts the black exterior shade of the off-roader and feels very premium. The seats also have orange stitching that complements the other panels of the cabin. In the name of super-exclusivity, the tuner has placed serialized numbered plaques inside. The headliner, on the other hand, is made of black Alcantara. Brabus has integrated this into a console with three analog gauges for the rear passengers that provide information about speed, outside temperature, and time. In a performance off-roader, this makes a lot of sense. In terms of storage, there is a glovebox and the center armrest where you can chuck your stuff. To make things easier for the taller rear passengers, Brabus has modified the doors to open at almost 90-degrees. Thoughtful touch.

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Coming to the dash, Brabus has not made many changes here in terms of the equipment available.

The dash is also wrapped in orange hide whereas the air vent surrounds are made of carbon fiber.

The digital instrument clusters and the touchscreen infotainment system make up for the modern touches inside the cabin of a retro-styled SUV. The mounted controls on the steering wheel are made of a rose gold hue and complement the beige steering wheel quite well. Brabus has also offered paddle shifters on the G V12 900 that are also made of carbon fiber. After all, the more carbon fiber, the more premium feels.

Drivetrain

  • 6.3-liter, twin-turbo V-12 engine
  • 888 Horsepower
  • 885 pound-feet of torque
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • All-wheel-drive system
  • 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds
  • Top speed electronically limited to 174 mph
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Brabus has swapped the stock 6.0-liter engine with a 6.3-liter, twin-turbo V-12 mill. In the standard engine, the Mercedes G-Class’ engine makes 621 horses and 737 pound-feet of torque.

But in this bigger engine, it makes 888 ponies! Brabus says that the engine can produce a peak torque of 1,106 pound-feet, but the company has capped it at 885 pound-feet of torque to ensure reliability.

The oomph is sent to all the wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission system. Brabus has worked extensively to make this one heck of an engine.

The tuner has installed a special billet crankshaft with a longer stroke and the combination of larger cylinder bores, matching forged pistons, and special precision-balanced billet connecting rods. Thanks to this, the G V12 900 can sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in 3.8 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 174 miles per hour. This is the same as the 2019 BMW M4 Coupe with the Competition package. The off-roader also features a Ride Control Coilover suspension with damping tailored to the axle loads and is controlled by the Dynamic Select suspension switch inside. The suspension is also tuned to accommodate huge 23- or 24-inch wheels without touching the wheel arches.

Pricing

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An SUV like this surely doesn’t come cheap. Brabus has priced it at €605,055, which roughly converts to $668,000. Since the company is producing merely 10 units of the SUV, you cannot really tell if the price is justified or not. And, come on, people who will want to buy this won’t be seeing the price.

Final Thoughts

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The G-Class SUV is an iconic SUV, and Brabus has made it even more desirable. The company calls it the G V12 900 "One of Ten” and that itself creates a sense of exclusivity in the minds of potential buyers. Brabus has worked on this SUV in all the departments and as it should be, the drivetrain receives the highest attention. Now, will the SUV be sold like hotcakes, or will Brabus have to put an effort into marketing as well? I think it’ll sell on its own, but you never know.

  • Leave it
    • Orange highlights inside will draw polarizing opinions
    • No word on warranty and maintenance costs
    • Some aesthetics aspects like the power bulges and the rear spoiler don’t go very well with the overall appearance

Further reading

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Read our full review on the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63.

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Read our full review on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class.

BRABUS G V12 900 "ONE OF TEN"

The world’s most powerful twelve-cylinder SUV
662 kW / 900 hp, 1,500 Nm torque,
0 – 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 280 km/h

The world’s most powerful twelve-cylinder off-roader once more comes from BRABUS! The BRABUS G V12 900 "ONE OF TEN" celebrates its world premiere at the IAA 2019 in Frankfurt am Main. The new supercar will be built in a limited edition of just ten vehicles.
Fifteen years after the presentation of the first BRABUS G V12 at the Geneva Motor Show 2004, the development engineers of BRABUS (Brabus-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777 111, internet www.brabus.com) again implanted a twin-turbo V12 high-performance engine into the body of the Mercedes G-Class the BRABUS way. Albeit, this time into the current W 463A model series.
The 6.3-liter increased-displacement engine producing an output of 662 kW / 900 hp (888 bhp) and 1,500 Nm (1,106 lb-ft) of torque is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. It gives the new supercar a performance on the road that is unique for an off-roader tipping the scales at no less than 2,660 kilograms. With a zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) sprint time of just 3.8 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 280 km/h (174 mph), the BRABUS G V12 900 "ONE OF TEN" is the fastest road car of this model series ever built.
Of course, the new high-performance off-roader captivates not only with its tremendous power and with the exceptional road performance for a vehicle of this category. The vehicle body is enhanced with the spectacular BRABUS WIDESTAR widebody, which creates space for BRABUS "PLATINUM EDITION" hi-tech forged wheels with a diameter of 23 inches or, new, also 24-inch diameter. The electronically adjustable BRABUS Dynamic Ride Control suspension offers an ideal combination of outstanding ride quality and safe, agile handling.

An exclusive BRABUS fine leather interior rounds off the luxurious appointments of the BRABUS G V12 900 "ONE OF TEN".

Prices for the new BRABUS off-roader of superlatives start at 605 055 euros (export price excluding VAT in Germany!).

Before the twelve-cylinder engine, which normally powers the Mercedes S 600 L with a rated output of 390 kW / 530 hp (523 bhp), was fitted into the engine bay of the current G-Class, it was thoroughly revised in our BRABUS hi-tech engine shop using state-of-the-art machining equipment. The installation of a special billet BRABUS crankshaft with longer stroke and the combination of larger cylinder bores, matching forged pistons and special precision-balanced billet connecting rods result in a displacement increase from stock 6.0 to 6.3 liters (366 to 384 cu in).

Changes to the engine peripherals also play a major role in the tremendous power output. The two production turbos are replaced by turbos with larger compressor unit and modified exhaust manifolds, which produce a higher boost pressure than the production components. The conversion includes downpipes with a diameter of 80 millimeters (3.1 in), free-flow metal catalysts and a BRABUS stainless high-performance exhaust system with actively controlled flaps. Thanks to the integrated sound management, the driver can choose between a throaty V12 exhaust note in ’Sport’ mode and the discreet sound in "Coming Home" mode. The all- stainless exhaust system is also a visual treat. The two black-chromed tailpipes on the IAA show car exiting in front of the rear wheels on either side also add some visually thrilling highlights.

Just as important is an optimal air supply for the engine. To this end, the BRABUS power unit engineers developed the BRABUS 900 intake module. The new intake manifold includes a special air filter box with larger cross-section and special filters, as well as "Gold Heat Reflection" sheathing to lower the temperature.

The reprogrammed engine electronics with special mapping for injection and ignition as well a modified boost pressure control coordinate the perfect interaction of the high-performance components and in this way lend the high-end engine a unique combination of explosive power delivery and the hallmark smooth running of a V12. Technology partner MOTUL supplies the hi-tech lubricants for the entire powertrain.

As the result of the extensive work, the BRABUS 900 6.3 V12 Biturbo engine delivers unparalleled performance figures: The peak output of 662 kW / 900 hp (888 bhp) is on tap at a low 5,500 rpm. Even more phenomenal is the peak torque of 1,500 Nm (1,106 lb-ft) at 4,200 rpm. This figure is limited electronically in the vehicle to 1,200 Nm (885 lb-ft).

The power is sent to all four wheels by a nine-speed automatic transmission, which can be shifted even more precisely with the BRABUS RACE paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

The vehicle performance speaks for itself: From rest, the BRABUS G V12 900 "ONE OF TEN" shoots to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.8 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 280 km/h (174 mph). Accordingly, the new supercar is also equipped with a BRABUS speedometer with 300-km/h (186-mph) scale.

A wider track optimizes the handling and driving safety at these speeds and consequently the new supercar is fitted with the thrilling BRABUS WIDESTAR widebody. The strikingly styled fender flares add ten centimeters (4 in) to the width of the body and thereby offer plenty of space for massive forged wheels with diameters of 23 or 24 inches.

The BRABUS G V12 900 "ONE OF TEN" on show at the IAA 2019 in Frankfurt presents another world premiere, the new BRABUS Monoblock "PLATINUM EDITION” Z wheels with a diameter of 24 inches developed specifically for the Mercedes G-Class. As the result of being produced using hi-tech forging technology, these ten-spoke alloys offer an outstanding combination of lightweight construction and maximum strength. The BRABUS WIDESTAR widebody uses wheels ten inches wide at the front mounted with size 295/30 R 24 tires. The rear axle runs on wheels of size 12Jx24 with 355/25 R 24 tires.

Alternatively, the BRABUS G V12 900 can also be ordered with BRABUS Monoblock Y "PLATINUM EDITION“ forged wheels of sizes 10Jx23 and 12Jx23, which carry high-performance tires from technology partner Continental of sizes 295/35 ZR 23 and 335/30 ZR 23.

In both variants, the BRABUS wheels make perfect use of the space created by the flares in the fender wells. In concert with the naked-carbon air vents aft of the front and rear wheel arches, the strikingly styled BRABUS fender flares give the off-roader an appearance with great recognition value from the sides as well. The LEDs integrated into the extensions that connect the front and rear WIDESTAR fenders to the running boards illuminate the entrance areas when a door handle is pulled or the Keyless Go system is activated. The cross-braces of the front fenders also light up then in addition.

The bodywork modifications also captivate with the BRABUS fasciae at the front and rear, which precisely transition into the WIDESTAR fenders. The front element is fitted with large air intakes to provide the engine, radiators and brakes with the necessary supply of fresh air. The stylized skid plate on this supercar is made of naked carbon.

The auxiliary LED lights under the side air intakes, which on the show car are also made of naked carbon, add to the dynamic looks and optimize the active safety at the same time. The hood is given a striking upgrade with a carbon attachment featuring two integrated power bulges. This also creates space for the large V12. The BRABUS Branding Package with illuminated BRABUS logo for the radiator grille with carbon surround and additional badges on the rear end and the sides of the off-roader reveals the origin of this unique all-wheel-drive supercar.

The BRABUS roof wing with naked-carbon highlights gives the rear end of the vehicle even more exciting looks. The BRABUS rear fascia with stylized skid plate, which like the surround for the two rear reflectors was produced from naked carbon, creates a homogeneous transition to the WIDESTAR fenders, which like the front flares feature stylized naked-carbon air vents in their backs to ensure a sporty appearance. In addition, all chrome parts on the show car were painted in vehicle color. Naked-carbon covers for the side mirrors round off the sporty BRABUS look.

For a perfect combination of high ride quality and safe, sporty handling, the BRABUS G V12 900 "ONE OF TEN" is equipped with the innovative Ride Control coilover suspension, whose damping is tailored specifically to the axle loads with the twelve-cylinder engine. It is connected to the standard-fit DYNAMIC SELECT suspension controller in the cockpit, which allows dialing in various setups for the suspension, powertrain, steering and assistance systems. In addition, the ride height of the suspension can be adjusted.

The company upholstery shop created an exclusive BRABUS fine leather all-leather interior with high-precision workmanship for the BRABUS G V12 900 "ONE OF TEN" supercar. The "ONE OF TEN” plaque in the cockpit documents the strictly limited edition of this high-end off-roader. The choice of a combination of porcelain and saddle brown leather, which is highlighted with orange piping, adds a marked contrast to the black outer skin. In addition, the center sections of the seats, which feature shell-shaped quilting and perforations applied with pinpoint accuracy, are backed with fabric of that same orange hue. The glove box and the storage compartment in the center console were likewise lined with orange leather. The headliner is made from black Alcantara. It also integrates a console with three analog gauges for the rear passengers that provide information about the speed, outside temperature and time.

Further striking features in the cockpit are the BRABUS aluminum pedals and door-lock pins as well as the naked-carbon scuff plates with backlit BRABUS logo.

To facilitate access to the rear, BRABUS developed a modification, which allows opening the rear doors further, almost at an angle of 90 degrees to the vehicle body. This allows even tall passengers to get in and out more comfortably.

Fuel economy, CO2 emissions and efficiency class:

BRABUS G V12 900 "ONE OF TEN": city 26.4 l/100 km, highway 14.7 l/100 km, combined: 18.9 l/100 km. Combined CO2 emissions: 433 g/km, efficiency class G.

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