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

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

Tuesday 10th September

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 โ€“ thatโ€™s kind of the point, surely โ€“ though theyโ€™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 thatโ€™s what Brabus does, and thatโ€™s what its customers buy. Welcome, everybody, to the GV12 900 โ€˜One of Tenโ€™.

Hopefully it's all quite self-explanatory: this is a Brabus G-Class with 900hp, and theyโ€™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 โ€œcaptivates with its tremendous power and with the exceptional road performance for a vehicle of this category.โ€ You donโ€™t sayโ€ฆ


As mentioned, the power gains are achieved through familiar methods for the โ€˜900โ€™ 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 โ€“ up to 24-inches are available, with the largest rear tyres being a 355-sectionโ€ฆ Still, Brabus says that the revised suspension โ€œis tailored specifically to the axle loads with the 12-cylinder engineโ€, so letโ€™s hope it can deal with gigantic wheels as well.ย 


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

So, whoโ€™s sold? Who needs the worldโ€™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 โ‚ฌ605,055 before taxes. But then 900hp never did come cheap โ€“ and theyโ€™ll probably be sold come October.
















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simonbamg

Original Poster:

353 posts

68 months

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

J4CKO

27,995 posts

145 months

Tuesday 10th September
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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

543 posts

135 months

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

ZX10R NIN

15,103 posts

70 months

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

Cold

7,339 posts

35 months

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

irocfan

20,210 posts

135 months

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

el romeral

489 posts

82 months

Tuesday 10th September
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Bending the laws of physics.

MagicMonkey

76 posts

120 months

Tuesday 10th September
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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

13,188 posts

153 months

Tuesday 10th September
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Silly car. Love it.

Burwood

13,253 posts

191 months

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

hungry_hog

992 posts

133 months

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

C70R

5,270 posts

49 months

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

LukeDM

409 posts

68 months

Tuesday 10th September
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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

540 posts

29 months

Tuesday 10th September
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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

240 posts

13 months

Tuesday 10th September
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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

1,473 posts

168 months

Tuesday 10th September
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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

2,601 posts

139 months

Tuesday 10th September
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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

18,930 posts

140 months

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

Nerdherder

1,288 posts

42 months

Tuesday 10th September
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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

722 posts

166 months

Wednesday 11th September
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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