RE: Brabus GV12 900 'One of Ten' | Frankfurt 2019

RE: Brabus GV12 900 'One of Ten' | Frankfurt 2019

Tuesday 10th September 2019

Brabus GV12 900 'One of Ten' | Frankfurt 2019

Frankfurt this year is about mainstream electrification; Brabus is still about twin-turbo V12s...



The mechanical specifications of cars from Brabus have always seemed totally bonkers – that’s kind of the point, surely – though they’ve never seemed quite as silly at this Frankfurt show. Here VW has released the ID 3, Porsche the Taycan and Jaguar has teased an electric XJ; Brabus, on the other hand, has stroked a Mercedes V12 to 6.3 litres, added two turbos and dropped it in a W463 G Wagen. Because that’s what Brabus does, and that’s what its customers buy. Welcome, everybody, to the GV12 900 β€˜One of Ten’.

Hopefully it's all quite self-explanatory: this is a Brabus G-Class with 900hp, and they’ll make just 10 of them. Further salient details include a peak of 1,106lb ft (albeit limited to 885lb ft to prevent the nine-speed gearbox from capitulation), 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 174mph. CO2, should it be a concern, is rated at 433g/km. The GV12 weighs 2,660kg and Brabus says it β€œcaptivates with its tremendous power and with the exceptional road performance for a vehicle of this category.” You don’t say…


As mentioned, the power gains are achieved through familiar methods for the β€˜900’ family of Brabus models: a new crank and larger cylinder bores increase the capacity, with forged pistons and rods to accompany them. The pair of turbos are now larger and boostier than standard, respiring out through 80mm downpipes, freer-flowing cats and a Brabus exhaust. Air coming in is managed by a custom intake module, and all of the V12 fury is managed by an in-house rework of the ECU.

900hp in a G-Class that looked like a G350d would be quite a sleeper, but also not the Brabus way at all. Hence this GV12 gets the Widestar bodykit, adding 10cm to the already broad haunches, and allowing the fitment of some outrageous wheels – up to 24-inches are available, with the largest rear tyres being a 355-section… Still, Brabus says that the revised suspension β€œis tailored specifically to the axle loads with the 12-cylinder engine”, so let’s hope it can deal with gigantic wheels as well.Β 


Elsewhere, the GV12 is easily identifiable as a Bottrop bruiser, the car a feast of carbon fibre, LED lighting and soft leather – if it ain’t broke, right? Oh yes, and there’s a plaque to mark its special edition status, because a limited run car must not exist without a commemorative plaque.

So, who’s sold? Who needs the world’s most powerful 12-cylinder off-roader in their life, a car that makes a Urus look as butch as a Toyota RAV4? The 10 lucky souls will have to be wealthy, Brabus publishing a price of €605,055 before taxes. But then 900hp never did come cheap – and they’ll probably be sold come October.
















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simonbamg

Original Poster:

767 posts

81 months

Tuesday 10th September 2019
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now we are talking, best in show this year

J4CKO

31,693 posts

158 months

Tuesday 10th September 2019
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I like G classes but not that, too lairy, its a cool, utilitarian thing but every effort seems to go into making it into a dogs dinner.

Few round here, always black with black windows, always driven by a guy in a baseball cap doing a gangster lean "Im a bit posh but still keeping it gangsta", often driven really badly.


Shewie

551 posts

148 months

Tuesday 10th September 2019
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900hp?? yikes ....Holy st!!!

ZX10R NIN

18,975 posts

83 months

Tuesday 10th September 2019
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If I had the funds this would be on the drive.

Cold

9,758 posts

48 months

Tuesday 10th September 2019
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Meh, you can't hose the floor out and farmers would never buy it.

irocfan

24,442 posts

148 months

Tuesday 10th September 2019
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10? That's 11 too many - vile

el romeral

571 posts

95 months

Tuesday 10th September 2019
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Bending the laws of physics.

MagicMonkey

81 posts

133 months

Tuesday 10th September 2019
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I had a brief test drive of the (previous generation) G65 whilst abroad and whilst it handled like fresh dog excrement on ice I can definitely see the appeal of having a V12 model in the range.
Whilst I’d personally never buy a Brabus product I am curious to know if the new chassis would house a V12 in RHD form.

Don1

13,699 posts

166 months

Tuesday 10th September 2019
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Silly car. Love it.

Burwood

15,940 posts

204 months

Tuesday 10th September 2019
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Shewie said:
900hp?? yikes ....Holy st!!!
And a price tag to match at £650K yikes

hungry_hog

1,210 posts

146 months

Tuesday 10th September 2019
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irocfan said:
10? That's 11 too many - vile
one for each wife?

C70R

6,980 posts

62 months

Tuesday 10th September 2019
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Bonkers, but an interior that only an Arab or Oligarch could love. I suppose that handy in a sense...

LukeDM

433 posts

81 months

Tuesday 10th September 2019
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Love it, it would be better with no roof wing and a full size spare wheel on the back door.

Glenn63

1,046 posts

42 months

Tuesday 10th September 2019
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Epically awesome! Not a big fan of the bodywork bits, I’d take mine in adventure package spec just because!

fernando the frog

298 posts

26 months

Tuesday 10th September 2019
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i can't see farmers getting sheep in the back of one of these, also how are zoos going to use it??

Chris944_S2

1,586 posts

181 months

Tuesday 10th September 2019
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Almost twice the power of my G!
Not keen on the body kit either but everything can be specced as one wishes with Brabus

BIRMA

2,930 posts

152 months

Tuesday 10th September 2019
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I've said this before there is no question about the very high standard of engineering on Brabus stuff, but the exteriors and interiors are no match for what they can do mechanically.

Thesprucegoose

24,738 posts

153 months

Tuesday 10th September 2019
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It really does look like it's driven through Halfords.

Nerdherder

1,722 posts

55 months

Tuesday 10th September 2019
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Ten of these ludicrous contraptions may find an owner who thinks he's boss, but there can only be one Papa G.

0to60

728 posts

179 months

Wednesday 11th September 2019
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Cold said:
Meh, you can't hose the floor out and farmers would never buy it.
Haha...somehow I don't think they ever aimed G classes at farmers anyway