It’s been a while since we last saw a G-Wagon modified by the high-performance aftermarket tuning firm, but this G500 puts an end to the hiatus.
Mercedes replaced the old 5.5-litre dinosaur from the G500 with a smaller, but more powerful 422 HP, 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 – an adequate power figure four-wheel-drive luxury SUV; but, of course, if you want to rise up to Brabus’ standards, than a stock power figure suddenly doesn’t cut the mustard anymore.
So, to keep it in-tune with the extensive modification programs carried by the prestigious tuning company, the G500 received a hype in power and in style, boasting 493 HP thanks to a plug-and-play performance module integrated into the electronic management system of the V8, called the BRABUS B40 – 500 PowerXtra performance upgrade, and an exterior overhaul.
Maybe the 78 HP climb in power isn’t the kind of force we expected from Brabus, but the peak torque has also increased by 100 Nm (74-lb-ft), resulting in a monumental 710 Nm (523 lb-ft) of torque. Consequently, the 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) time shortened to just 5.7 seconds – remember, we’re talking about a 2,5-ton car. For safety reasons, top speed was limited at 220 km/h (137 mph).
In addition to the modified V8, Brabus added a stainless-steel sport exhaust system with controlled butterfly valves, offering an active sound management. To make the package even more appealing, the exhausts were moved to both sides of the vehicle.
The exterior styling is completed by the well-known Widestar widebody variant – now a classic in Brabus’ curriculum – which includes revised accessories. As you’d expect, the interior underwent a “slight” upgrade, now featuring “soft and breathable” Mastik leather and Alcantara in this particular variant. But Brabus will comply to customer demand, modifying the interior in accordance; using aluminum, carbon fiber and wood.