Brabus makes the Mercedes-Maybach GLS600 into an 800-hp mobile office

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Maybach’s version of the GLS is the most expensive and luxurious member of the Mercedes-Benz SUV range. If it is not luxurious enough, call the German tuner Brabus. It unveiled the GLS-based 800 with a massively powerful engine and an even more opulent interior.

Brabus is known for its focus on wringing out every last shred of performance from Mercedes-Benz engines. It tuned the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 in the GLS to 800 horsepower — hence the name — and a whopping 700 pound-feet of torque. The eight-cylinder turns the four wheels of the large SUV via a nine-speed automatic transmission and permanent four-wheel drive. Reaching 60 mph from a standstill takes 4.5 seconds, which is about half a second faster than the regular GLS, and the top speed is electronically limited at 286 mph.

The engine exhales through a redesigned, valve-controlled exhaust system that makes the V8 scream or whisper, depending on the profile selected. And the 800 rides on a suspension system that’s been lowered by about an inch in the name of both agility and stability.

While the exterior treatment is relatively subtle, the changes are largely limited to darkened trim, a body kit that reduces lift at high speeds, and 24-inch alloy wheels, but the interior is anything but. It is draped in quilted Leonis Orange leather upholstery and it gets carbon fiber accents on the steering wheel, dashboard and center console. Brabus kept Maybach’s individual rear seats; they are heated, ventilated, electrically adjustable and complemented by matching cushions. Some may not like the idea of ​​feeling like they’re traveling in a pumpkin, and that’s fine. Brabus notes that buyers can customize numerous details, including the type of upholstery and the color of the upholstery.

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Pricing for the Brabus 800 has not been disclosed and will ultimately depend on the options selected. Keep in mind, though, that Mercedes-Maybach charges $160,500 for the standard GLS, a figure that makes it more than twice as expensive as the Mercedes-Benz model.

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