A high-priced SUV-turned-pickup-truck with the ultimate off-roading prowess

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Another auto show and Brabus comes up with another vehicle. This time, the aftermarket company has come up with the so-called Brabus 800 Adventure XLP that is based on the Mercedes-AMG G63. That’s right, the SUV with a pickup bed is debuting at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show.

The prestigious aftermarket company is known for its ability to make your pocket a lot lighter once you’ve bought its products and this time also it’s no different. The Brabus 800 Adventure XLP features exquisite exterior and interior cues and a powerful mill under the hood. Despite the changes, does it warrant a sticker price of over half-a-million dollars?

What Is It Like On The Outside?

  • LED Lighting Kit
  • Bull bar With Winch On The Bumper
  • 22-inch Silver Wheels
  • Pirelli Scorpion ATR All-Terrain Tires
  • Hood Scoop With Two Power Bulges
  • Pickup Bed Made Of Steel
  • Bed walls Made Of Carbon
  • Heated Rear Window
2020 Merecedes G-Class 800 Adventure XLP by Brabus Exterior
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The Mercedes-AMG G63 looks a class apart and messing up with its boxy shape would be a cardinal sin. Brabus has – quite rightly – retained the shape, but added a pickup bed to its derriere.

It actually doesn’t look as bad as it sounds. Up front, the Brabus 800 Adventure XLP comes with round LED headlights, so nothing new here. In between sits a black grille with vertical slats and the Brabus logo in the center. The hood comes with a massive black dual-channel hood scoop that contrasts the silver body well.

The stock G63 bumpers make way for black ones, a bull bar, and a winch. It is rated to tow up to 9,900 pounds. The bumper features two LED lights on each end that look glorious in action. The skid plate underneath is made of carbon. Overall, the front looks smart and intimidating and will make you give it way if you spot it in your rearview mirror.

2020 Merecedes G-Class 800 Adventure XLP by Brabus Exterior
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The side profile is where you see all the difference for the first time. The Brabus 800 Adventure XLP rides on 22-inch silver wheels wrapped in 325/55 Pirelli Scorpion ATR all-terrain tires.

Brabus has raised the SUV so high that even not even the 22-inch wheels look big on it. In numbers, the 800 Adventure XLP sits 19.2 inches above the ground. The carbon fender flares look sporty and have a black piano finish to them. The SUV also comes with a stainless steel tailpipe in front of the rear wheels on either side. Since the XLP is befitted with a truck bed, Brabus extended its wheelbase by 19.7 inches. Overall, this Brabus truck stands at 209 inches in length, this being 27.1 inches longer than the stock G63.

2020 Merecedes G-Class 800 Adventure XLP by Brabus Exterior
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Brabus has also equipped this vehicle with a luggage rack to haul your stuff if the bed isn’t enough. It is mounted with LED auxiliary lights in the front to throw more light on the road up ahead. However, the rear is where all the changes transpire.

The tailgate gives way for a truck bed and so does the tailgate-mounted spare tire. The cargo bed is made of steel, whereas the bedsides are made of carbon. This has helped Brabus keep the weight of the truck down. Despite these structural changes, the company says the frame retains the G-Class’ torsional rigidity as it is.

An optional take-off and landing bed is also offered for a drone from Wingcopter. This high-end drone can reach speeds of up to 150 miles per hour and is able to transport aid supplies and rescue equipment safely and autonomously over a distance of up to 75 miles to areas not accessible otherwise.

Plush On The Inside

  • Burned Oak Leather
  • Headliner Wrapped In Black Alcantara
  • Aluminum Pedals, Paddle Shifters, and so on
2020 Merecedes G-Class 800 Adventure XLP by Brabus
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On the inside, the essence of the G63 remains as it is, but Brabus has made a few changes. The company says customers can customize it as per their taste and preference.

The one that Brabus is getting to Geneva is part of the “First Edition” batch. For starters, it comes with a burned oak leather shade that contrasts the exterior paint quite well.

The center sections of the seats feature shell-shaped quilting and perforations. Some areas such as the headliner are upholstered with black Alcantara. The other bits include tailor-made aluminum components for the pedals, door-lock pins, and paddle shifters behind the steering wheel.

It Is A Beast Under The Hood

  • 4.0-liter, V-8 Mill From The Mercedes-AMG G63
  • 800 Horses
  • 737 Pound-Feet Of Torque
  • 0-62 mph in 4.8 seconds
  • Top Speed of 130 mph
  • Reinforced Axle Housing
  • Portal Axles
  • Brabus High-Performance Exhaust System With Controllable Flap
  • Brabus Boost Xtra Sound Kit
2020 Merecedes G-Class 800 Adventure XLP by Brabus Drivetrain
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Under the hood, the Brabus 800 Adventure XLP features the same 4.0-liter, V-8 mill as the AMG G63. However, Brabus has swapped the twin-turbos for two larger turbochargers of its own that have added extra oomph.

After the mods, the SUV makes 800 horses and 737 pound-feet of torque. It is capable of doing the 0-62 mph sprint in 4.8 seconds, which is more than a second faster than its alter ego.

It might as well be the quickest four-wheel G63 out there today. However, the top speed is limited to 130 mph by the company due to the high center of gravity and huge tires. Brabus has also equipped the Boost Xtra sound kit and a high-performance exhaust system.

Brabus has made use of bespoke material for the chassis, including underlying chassis reinforced axle housing and a CNC-produced integral sub-frame. The company says the 800 Adventure XLP is an outstanding off-roader, thanks to the newly designed in-house suspension system and portal axles. Not a lot of companies have adapted portal axles yet, and it is a fairly new technology.

2020 Merecedes G-Class 800 Adventure XLP by Brabus Exterior
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To put it in simple words, when you upgrade the size of the tires on your vehicle, the gear ratios tend to get messed up. This also leads to a loss of power. However, with the portal axles, there are a couple of advantages. The axle doesn’t drive the wheels directly. A small gearbox of sorts is attached at the end of each wheel that moves the wheels without the loss of power as the gear ratios remain close to the factory configuration. This helps you capitalize on all the power available at your disposal to move the vehicle effortlessly.

The other advantage is that portal axles also take care of lifting the vehicle. Brabus hasn’t mentioned anything about a lift kit being used on this vehicle, so I’m guessing portal axles have been assigned the duty for that as well. In the case of a lift kit, it is the body that is lifted, but the differential below stays at the same place. With portal axles, the differential itself is raised off the ground.

2020 Merecedes G-Class 800 Adventure XLP by Brabus Exterior
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You then get extra ground clearance without worrying about the obstacles hitting and damaging the differential. This also helps increase off-road stability immensely. If you are into hardcore, technical off-roading, portal axles are the way to go.

Portal axles cost an arm and a leg to install and that is one of the reasons why Brabus is charging the exorbitant amount of money for the 800 Adventure. Although it has its advantages, it also comes with a con. Generally, the handbrake cannot be used on the rear wheels and companies tend to install drum brakes at the front that take care of the handbrake duties. We need to ask the Brabus engineers how they’ve solved this minor issue.

How Much Does The Brabus 800 Adventure XLP Cost?

2020 Merecedes G-Class 800 Adventure XLP by Brabus Exterior
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While the standard Mercedes-AMG G63 starts at $152,500, the “First Edition” trim of the 800 Adventure XLP is priced at €575,630 ($631,055).

The show car waiting to be displayed in Geneva is fully-kitted with all the optional goodies, including the Wingcopter drone, and is priced at €666,386 ($730,549, at current exchange rates).

Believe It or Not, the Brabus 800 Adventure XLP Has Some Competition!

2020 Hennessey Maximus Jeep Gladiator Truck
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Although the SUV-turned-pickup-truck is a niche vehicle, it actually has competition. I’m talking about the Hennessey Maximus 1000 which is based on the Jeep Gladiator. It wasn’t priced as high as the Brabus 800 Adventure XLP, but it isn’t cheap either. Hennessey limited the production to 24 examples and priced it at $200,000 a pop. Some features were retained, some were new. The company was charging the amount for:

  • Jeep’s Signature Seven-Slat Grille
  • All-Black Exterior Shade
  • Maximus-Exclusive Bumpers
  • LED Light Bar On The Roof And Bumper
  • Hennessey-Designed 20-Inch Alloys
  • Stainless Steel Exhaust Pipe
  • LED Taillights
  • Ground Clearance of 17.1 inches
  • Custom Leather Upgrade
  • Hennessey-embroidered seats
  • A Seven-Inch Infotainment System

The major changes came under the hood:

  • Pentastar Engine Swapped With FCA’s 6.2-liter, Supercharged V-8 Engine
  • Hennessey’s HPE1000 Engine Upgrade
  • 1,000 Horsepower
  • 933 Pound-feet of Torque
  • New ECU, Fuel System, and Radiator
  • Upgraded Suspension System
  • Six-inch Lift Kit

Final Thoughts

2020 Merecedes G-Class 800 Adventure XLP by Brabus Exterior
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The Brabus 800 Adventure XLP is a one-of-a-kind vehicle you can buy today. Brabus has become a marque in itself and there’s no denying that they build fantastic vehicles. Brabus chose the G63 as its foundation for the XLP, which itself is such an accomplished and adored SUV.

Kudos to Brabus for not going overboard with too many structural changes that would make it look completely different. The pickup bed is a nice touch and so is the drone; although it may not find a lot of buyers. After all, how many people would want a drone that goes faster than the vehicle itself? If I were to pick my favorite bit from the vehicle, it’s got to be the portal axles.

Yet, at over $700,000, the Adventure XLP is way too expensive, but there are people ready to shell out that kind of money and Brabus has an offering.

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    • Interiors don’t have much to offer
    • Did I mention the price?
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World premiere at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show

BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP High-performance off-road pickup

based on the Mercedes-AMG G 63
Twin-turbo V8 with 588 kW / 800 hp and 1,000 Nm of torque Maximum off-road capability thanks to portal axles BRABUS fine leather interior design of the highest perfection

Take-off and landing module for high-end Wingcopter drone

The vehicles of production year 2020 will be available solely as a limited "First Edition"

An exclusive supercar never seen in this form before: The BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP celebrates its world premiere at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. The pickups of model year 2020 are available in an exclusive limited "First Edition."

Based on the Mercedes G 63 AMG, the engineers, technicians and designers of BRABUS (Brabus-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone +49 / (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax +49 / (0) 2041 / 777 111, internet www.brabus.com) developed a high-performance pickup with outstanding off-road capability, which they achieved with a newly designed BRABUS special suspension with portal axles. This results in a ground clearance of 49 centimeters (19.2 inches).

In addition to the BRABUS WIDESTAR widebody design, the newly designed pickup bed characterizes the looks of this unusual vehicle built by BRABUS in a small-scale production run. The tailor-made rear-end module is made from steel and has bedsides made from carbon that is extremely strong yet very light.

The power source is the 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 in BRABUS 800 PowerXtra + specification with an output of 588 kW / 800 hp (789 bhp) and 1,000 Nm (737 lb- ft) of torque. With it, the BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP sprints from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.8 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 210 km/h (130 mph) due to the higher center of gravity and the 22-inch all-terrain tires.

The show car in Geneva features a ROCKET silver matte special paint finish and a burned oak BRABUS fine leather interior.

The pickup bed of the show car for the 2020 Geneva Motor Show accommodates the take-off and landing module for a Wingcopter. This high- end drone can reach speeds of up to 240 km/h (150 mph) and is able to transport aid supplies and rescue equipment safely and autonomously over a distance of up to 120 kilometers (75 miles) to areas of the terrain that not even this vehicle with extreme off-road capabilities could reach.

Extravagant supercars have been a dominion of BRABUS for more than four decades. In the BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP, there now is an exclusive high-performance pickup that continues the tradition of BRABUS holding the status of vehicle manufacturer with the German Federal Motor Vehicle Office in Flensburg.

The pickup body conversion represented a major challenge for the BRABUS development team. For example, in order to be able to mount a generously sized pickup bed behind the unchanged spacious passenger cabin of the G-Class, the wheelbase was extended by 50 centimeters (20 inches) for a start. The BRABUS engineers used state-of-the-art design and engineering software to run the calculations required for this. They developed a special module for the steel ladder-type frame of the off-roader to these specifications, which fully preserves the torsional rigidity and replaces the mounting points for the rear suspension. Length overall is 5.31 meters (17.4 feet), which is 68.9 centimeters (27.1 inches) more than a stock G 63 without spare wheel at the rear.

CSP, the business division of BRABUS Group engaged in the development and manufacture of hi-tech components made from composite materials, produces the carbon components required for this pickup conversion such as the bedsides using the complex pre-preg process. In addition, components were manufactured from sheet steel, such as the new rear wall for the cab, which of course has a heated rear window, parts of the pickup bed such as the robust floor, which with its flexi-teak paneling establishes a connection to yacht building, and the side-opening tailgate. This material mix achieves an optimal combination of precise fit, maximum strength and high durability.

In addition, the vehicle on show in Geneva is fitted with the optionally available luggage rack on the roof of the cab and the naked-carbon wind deflector with four auxiliary LED lights mounted in front of it. The matte black double bed bar behind the cab of the BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP not only plays a role on the thrilling pickup looks of this supercar, it also can be used for safely tying down items in the pickup bed.

The new BRABUS supercar celebrates its world premiere at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show as a "First Edition" with a ROCKET silver matte paint finish. In order to give it spectacular off- road looks and outstanding off-road capabilities thanks to extra-high ground clearance and maximum articulation of both axles, the BRABUS engineers and technicians equipped the vehicle with a newly developed suspension with portal axles, which was developed specifically for this pickup.

At the front, the new design for the G-Class is an independent suspension. The components required for this such as the all-new integral subframe and various axle links were produced using state-of-the-art CNC technology. The engineers retained the beam axle principle at the rear of the platform vehicle. However, many parts were newly designed and milled from billet aluminum for the portal axle setup. This includes not only a reinforced axle housing, but also all suspension links. This results in a sophisticated axle geometry, which plays a crucial role in the outstanding off-road capabilities of the BRABUS pickup.

A tailor-made variant of the innovative BRABUS Ride Control coilover suspension was developed to match this design. Its damping rates were tailored specifically to the increased ground clearance resulting from the portal axles. The driver can control the BRABUS suspension from the cockpit with the standard DYNAMIC SELECT suspension adjustment switch of the current Mercedes G-Class. It allows choosing from different setups for the suspension, powertrain, steering, and assistance systems. In addition, the titanium-coated BRABUS aluminum suspension is height-adjustable.

The suspension redesign also includes a switch to the new BRABUS Monoblock HD wheels, which were designed with an eight-lug pattern specifically the portal axles. In size 9.5Jx22, these alloys designed for maximum robustness and fitted with Pirelli Scorpion ATR all-terrain tires of size 325/55 R 22 fill the space under the naked-carbon fender flares perfectly.

Carbon undeniably also is being used for the production of a myriad of other bodywork components. They include, among other things, the BRABUS top-mounted hood attachment with two power bulges, as well as the fender flares, which were adapted from the BRABUS WIDESTAR widebody version for the current Mercedes G-Class models and fitted with naked-carbon wheel arches in addition. They make the supercar 11.6 centimeters (4.6 inches) wider than the production car. The rub strips, likewise made from naked carbon, add further sporty highlights.

The WIDESTAR fascia with large air intakes also was adopted for the BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP. A variant with front brush guard and a winch rated for pulling 4,500 kilograms (9,900 pounds) is optionally available. The robust skid plate also is made from carbon and is sealed with a high-gloss coating like all the other naked-carbon components on this supercar.

The running boards, longer to match the extended wheelbase of the BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP, make getting in and out easier. The flares integrate LED lights to ensure a safe step at night as well. When you pull on a door handle or when you activate the central locking system via Keyless Go by approaching the vehicle, the entrance lights and the BRABUS logos behind the front flares light up.

Due to the lofty entrance height, BRABUS also offers special powered step bars that make it easier to climb in and out of the pickup safely.

In addition to the tailgate, which reveals the origin of this supercar on a naked-carbon panel with recessed BRABUS logotype, the WIDESTAR fascia with stylized skid plate characterizes the looks of the pickup from the back. The handles of all doors and the tailgate are new and inlaid with BRABUS logotypes.

The BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP, which is on exhibit at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, houses an optionally available special module on the pickup bed. It makes it possible for an electrically powered high-tech drone (eVTOL = electric vertical takeoff and landing) to take off and land. This unmanned aircraft from German manufacturer Wingcopter reaches speeds of up to 240 km/h (150 mph) and was designed specifically for delivering urgently needed aid supplies and special equipment to remote regions and in impassable terrain. Like multicopters, the electrically powered drones can take off and land vertically in the smallest of spaces, but also fly long distances as efficiently and as fast as winged aircraft. The tilt- rotor mechanism patented by Wingcopter makes this possible. It allows rotating the rotors by 90 degrees upon reaching the cruising altitude and transition to an efficient and nearly silent forward flight. The Wingcopter is designed to carry loads of up to six kilograms (13 pounds) and can cover distances of up to 120 kilometers (75 miles) without swapping batteries – even in adverse weather conditions. In a wide range of emergencies, the Wingcopter can bring food, equipment or medications autonomously and quickly to injured or lost people or can supply rescue teams with urgently needed extrication tools. This also allows reaching canyons or mountain regions that would be out of reach even with this extremely off-road capable BRABUS all-wheel-drive pickup. Wingcopter was honored for this technology with the International Award of the German Aviation Industry and the SDGs Spotlight Prize of the Japanese NTT DATA Open Innovation Challenge 2020, among others.

One of the world’s most powerful engines in an off-roader joins the unusual vehicle body. To this end, the 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 of the current G 63 AMG was thoroughly revised by the BRABUS powerplant engineers. The BRABUS 800 PowerXtra + performance upgrade comprises extensive modifications to the engine peripherals: The two production turbos are replaced by two reconfigured BRABUS high-performance turbochargers, which in addition to a larger compressor unit also have a modified core assembly with reinforced axial bearings. They produce a maximum boost pressure of 1.6 bar.

To give the tuned eight-cylinder also a more thrilling exhaust note, BRABUS developed the BRABUS Boost Xtra sound kit for the bypass valve. With it, the turbocharged engine produces a clearly audible blow-off noise when the driver lifts off the throttle. Of course, the BRABUS high-performance exhaust system also plays a role in the acoustic fascination. Thanks to its actively controlled exhaust flap, it offers an integrated sound management, which can change the exhaust note from a subtle "Coming Home” mode to a markedly sporty V8 sound. The two tailpipes of the stainless-steel exhaust exiting in front of the rear wheels on either side offer a choice of standard or black chrome finish and also add striking visual highlights.

The larger turbos are complemented for this engine conversion with new mapping for injection, boost pressure control and ignition. They are introduced into the electronic engine control unit via the PowerXtra module. As the type designation BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP indicates, peak output of the twin-turbo engine jumps to 588 kW / 800 hp (789 bhp) at 6,600 rpm. Even more important for the superior power delivery of the pickup is the peak torque of 1,000 Nm (737 lb-ft) at a low 3,600 rpm.

This engine turns the BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP into one of the world’s most powerful pickups. From rest, the supercar with pickup bed sprints to a speed of 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.8 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 210 km/h (130 mph) due to the all- terrain tires. The nine-speed automatic transmission can optionally also be shifted manually with the ergonomic BRABUS RACE aluminum paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The revised powertrain also includes a special drive shaft necessitated by the extended wheelbase.

Of course, the BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP also offers luxury and individuality at their finest in the interior. Each vehicle can be enhanced in the company upholstery shop with a BRABUS fine leather interior tailored to the vehicle owner’s personal preferences in every detail.

The show car for the 2020 Geneva Motor Show is part of the limited "First Edition." These pickups are outfitted with the finest leather, whose burned oak color creates a contrast with the optional ROCKET silver matte paintwork. The center sections of the seats feature shell-shaped quilting and perforations applied with pinpoint precision. Some areas such as the headliner were upholstered with black Alcantara.

For the other BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP pickups, customers can have every detail of the interior upholstered in virtually any desired color. In addition, they can choose from a wide variety of upholstery layouts.

Tailor-made aluminum components such as pedals, door-lock pins and ergonomic paddle shifters on the steering wheel add markedly sporty touches in the cockpit.

The basic variant of the BRABUS 700 Adventure XLP based on the Mercedes-AMG G 63 starts at 389,831 euros.
Prices for a BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP of the "First Edition" start at 575,630 euros.
The BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP show car at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show sells for 666,386 euros including options and the Wingcopter.

All prices are export prices excluding VAT in Germany!

Fuel economy, CO2 emissions and efficiency class:
BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP based on the Mercedes G 63 AMG: city 16.7 l/100 km, highway 13.8 l/100 km, combined: 14.5 l/100 km. Combined CO2 emissions: 345 g/km, efficiency class F.

BRABUS 2020.

About Wingcopter:

Wingcopter is an award-winning German manufacturer of innovative eVTOL drones, dedicated to improving the lives of people worldwide through meaningful and civilian applications. The Darmstadt-based start-up is currently focussing on the delivery of medical goods as well as parcels (e-commerce/parcel service) and food.

With its unique, patented tilt-rotor mechanism, the company closes the market gap between commercial drones, helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, thus achieving a new dimension of efficiency. The electrically powered Wingcopter drones take off and land vertically like multicopters in the smallest of spaces and fly long distances as efficiently and quickly as fixed-wing aircraft. This enables ranges of up to 120 kilometers (75 miles) and a Guinness world record speed of 240 km/h (150 mph). Even in strong winds of up to 90 km/h (56 mph) or bad weather, the Wingcopter flies autonomously and reliably.

Wingcopter is, among others, the winner of the International German Aviation Prize (IDL), one of the winners of the Digital Logistics Award of the Fraunhofer Institute, the record holder of the "DroneMasters" marathon as well as SDG’s Spotlight Winner of the Japanese NTT Open Innovation Challenge 2019. In 2019, co-founder and CEO Tom Plümmer was added to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.


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