Brabus jams the V-12 back into the G-Wagen
Mercedes discontinued the twin-turbo AMG V-12-powered G 65 back in 2017. That was partly because, at almost a quarter of a million dollars, demand wasn’t all that high for it. On top of that, the thing just wouldn’t handle right with all that weight up front, and was a stain on the company’s emissions. Then came the new-generation G-Class with its independent front suspension and modern steering system, yet there is still no G 65 in sight. Luckily, German tuner specialist Brabus knew where to start on this platform.
Sourcing a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12 from a Mercedes-Benz S 600 L, Brabus first bored and stroked the engine to 6.3 liters, then added forged pistons and special, precision-balanced billet connecting rods, as well as a pair of larger turbochargers. High-flow 3.1-inch downpipes, free-flow catalysts, and an active stainless exhaust system complete the kit, and with the modified mapping, ignition, and higher boost pressure, the result is a whopping 900 horsepower, with 1106 lb-ft of torque. Zero-to-sixty takes just 3.8 seconds, so even with top speed limited to 174 mph, sad G 63 drivers disappear in the mirror.
For the European price of roughly $670,000, the 10 G V12 900s will also feature a retuned suspension, bigger wheels, and Brabus’ infamous widebody kit. Expect lots of stitched leather inside, but know that you don’t need to spend that much money on an outrageous G-Wagen.
That’s because Brabus also offers an off-road package called the Adventure, which can turn even your base V-8 G 550 into the SUV of the Dark Side. If that doesn’t sound right, you can still opt for the V-8 Gs built by Brabus, which pack up to 800 horsepower to give you a slight chance against your G V12 900-owning friends.