Brabus Gives G65 AMG a 788HP V12 and Apple Tech Treatment for Geneva

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At next week’s Geneva Motor Show, Brabus will debut the 800 iBusiness based on the Mercedes G 65 AMG. As the name suggests, the G-Class gets an 800PS (788hp) V12 engine and a host of multimedia systems consisting of Apple devices reunited under the name iBusiness.

Basically, this can be considered the ultimate G-Class model. It’s also fitted with Brabus’ Widestar widebody version and Brabus Platinum Edition 23-inch forged wheels custom-developed for this model.

The 6.0-liter V12 Biturbo engine from the G 65 AMG is upgraded by Brabus with a high-tech twin turbo system featuring a higher boost pressure. The unit is boosted to 800PS (788hp) at 5,500 rpm and 1,420 Nm (1,047 lb-ft) from 2,100 rpm. However, in the car peak torque is limited electronically to 1,100 Nm (811 lb-ft).

As one can expect, performance is mind-blowing for a heavy, not so aerodynamic off-roader, like the G-Class. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) takes just 4.2 seconds, with the top speed being electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). Without the limiter, Brabus says the off-roader would be capable of reaching 270 km/h (167 mph). Obviously, fuel consumption is not the car’s main highlight, as the Brabus 800 iBusiness averages 17 l/100 km (13.8 mpg US).

However, the iBusiness multimedia system is a highlight, allowing all passengers to communicate with the entire world and enjoy content such as music, movies or games using an iPad mini, Mac mini, iPod touch and Apple TV. The heart of the system is a Mac Mini computer, housed together with the Apple TV module and the power amp in custom-designed consoles in the trunk.

Because of these components, the production rear-seat bench is replaced by individual seats with integrated seat ventilation system. A Brabus center console was installed between the two rear seats, extending all the way from the front seats. The console includes docking stations with built-in chargers for the iPad mini and the iPod touch, as well as space for the concealed storage of keyboard and mouse plus USB ports for connecting to the Mac mini.

A special console integrated into the headliner houses the 15.6-inch LCD monitor, which serves as the main screen for the entire multimedia system. The connection to the internet is established via a high-speed modem and a WLAN, with internet television from all over the world being displayed by the Apple TV module on the main screen.

By Dan Mihalascu


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