You can always count on Brabus to come out with a totally ridiculous car or two every year. In 2021 this Brabus 900 Rocket Edition will win against the G Wagen.
And to make this clear from above, yes, the “900” in its name refers to the amount of horsepower it makes. This car starts its life as a Mercedes-AMG G 63, then Brabus takes it everywhere into the city. Its 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 gets a 4.5-litre displacement, a long list of new, stronger internals and two larger turbos. The adjustments add up to a shocking 900 horsepower and 922 pound-feet of torque. The time from 0-100 km/h is reduced to just 3.7 seconds. A regular G 63 has a claimed 0-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds, so this Rocket lives up to its name. Top speed is electronically limited to 274 mph, probably because you’re already pushing your luck into a box at that speed.
Brabus heavily modified this box to match its style and add downforce. It uses the Widestar exterior design we saw in an earlier G Wagen build from Brabus’, but this one takes it to another level. There is a new carbon fiber front splitter with side flaps designed to reduce lift at high speeds. In addition, the rear has a huge roof-mounted wing and a new diffuser to add even more downforce. Engineering downforce to a G Wagon feels wrong on a fundamental level, but these elements help it safely reach the top speed of 274 mph. Of course, a lower splitter and large diffuser hurt the vehicle’s off-road capabilities, but such efforts were clearly not part of Brabus’ plans. You will notice small details and bigger changes on the outside. Some are tastier than others.
The giant 24-inch forged wheels and ultra-low-profile tires won’t do you any favors off-road, either. They feature aerodynamic carbon fiber discs that partially cover the wheels – these are some of the fanciest hubcap-type pieces you will ever see. Brabus has its own suspension system underneath to make the G Wagen ride better than the standard one.
Anyone who orders one of these has endless customization options, but Brabus proposes a red-heavy theme with its interior shots. Brabus calls this color “Rocket Red”, which makes sense considering you’re in the Rocket Edition G Wagen. It’s certainly not subtle, but what does the G Wagen owner enjoy flying under the radar? Brabus’ extra loud stainless steel exhaust system ensures everyone can hear you coming, but also offers a “Coming Home” mode that brings the sound back to a Mercedes whisper.
Only 25 of the Rocket editions will be made, and while Brabus doesn’t list a price online, you can bet the vehicle will cost a small fortune.