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Brabus has given this G-Wagen pickup truck 789bhp

German tuner describes this 5.3m long giant as the “ultimate off-road pickup”

Published: 21 Jan 2022

Remember the Brabus 800 Adventure XLP? Not the catchiest name we’ll admit, but it refers to Brabus’ ridiculously large, 789bhp portal-axled pickup truck version of the Mercedes-AMG G63. Yeah, it’s a pretty cool (if monumentally obnoxious) thing. 

The Adventure XLP was first unveiled back in February 2020, but you’re forgiven if it slipped your mind – there were other things happening at the time. In order to bring it back to public attention, Brabus has now unveiled the 800 Adventure XLP SUPERBLACK. Shouty.

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Essentially it’s a £600,000 special edition of the ‘standard’ Adventure XLP – a car that’s already undergone a fairly major conversion with 50cm added to its wheelbase, a full pickup bed plonked on the back and portal axles shoved underneath for 49cm of ground clearance. Oh, and because it’s Brabus there are upgraded turbochargers and a new ECU for the 4.0-litre V8, so it now makes 789bhp and 738lb ft of torque.

The SUPERBLACK gets pretty much every option box ticked over the stock £330,000 XLP, and combines that with all black everything. Even the jerry cans are painted to match the bodywork. The pickup bed is lined with Flexiteek – a material that Brabus uses on its boats (of course it does) – and there’s a frankly ridiculous amount of carbon fibre. Those weaved wheelarches alone add 11.6cm to the width of a standard G-Wagen. 

Brabus describes the SUPERBLACK as the “ultimate off-road pickup”, although you’ll want to be pretty careful with the carbon fibre skidplate (what were they thinking?) and those light-up side-exit exhausts. The winch on the front is rated to 4,500kg, and the massive roof rack can apparently be teamed with a tent in case you fancy sleeping under – and very close to – the stars. 

The whole thing weighs 2,936kg, will do 0-62mph in 4.8 seconds and is limited to 130mph thanks to those all-terrain Pirellis. The interior gets a tonne of black leather, plus 206 elements finished in ‘Shadow Chrome’, according to Brabus. 

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