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Brabus gives Mercedes G-Class a 500 horsepower boost

Brabus gives Mercedes G-Class a 500 horsepower boost image

Marcus De Guzman / Brabus | August 15, 2018 13:01

Brabus dials up the power and styling in all-new 2019 Mercedes G 500

It was only a matter of time before the crazy tuners from Brabus would get their hands on the all-new G-Class. After just a few months of its global reveal, Brabus have finally revealed a souped-up version of the G500. Packed with more power and styling upgrades, the German tuning house took what they knew about the G-Class and made it even better.

In true Brabus fashion, the 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 powerplant has been given an extra dose of horsepower and torque. Thanks to a newly-developed performance kit, the eight-cylinder motor now produces an impressive 500 PS at 5600 rpm and a gut-pulling 710 Nm of torque at 2250 – 4250 rpm. Power is then sent to a nine-speed automatic transmission with aluminum paddle shifters courtesy of Brabus.

Brabus gives Mercedes G-Class a 500 horsepower boost

Compared to the standard V8, the upgraded engine now generates 78 PS and 100 Nm more than factory stock. This equates to a 0 – 100 km/h sprint of 5.7 seconds and an electronically limited top-speed of 210 km/h. Other powertrain upgrades introduced in the Brabus G 500 include an optional stainless steel exhaust system which comes with electronically controlled flaps. Not only does it deliver a more optimal sounding exhaust and performance, it even has a 'Coming Home' mode which makes the exhaust sound more quiet.

Besides upgrading the V8, Brabus was also busy tweaking the exterior and interior of the G 500. The SUV gets a more sinister look thanks to extensive use of carbon fiber trim accents. It even gets a more stylish front grill, a lightweight carbon fiber hood scoop, auxiliary LED lights on the roof and a cool rear wing.

Brabus gives Mercedes G-Class a 500 horsepower boost

But perhaps the most eye-catching feature on the Brabus G 500 are the massive alloy wheels. Available from 20 – 23 inch sizes, the wheels are made using a high-tech forging technique that Brabus claimed makes the wheels lightweight and rigid. The most exclusive option is the 'Platinum Edition' wheels which measure 11J x 23. They can then be wrapped in Continental, Pirelli or Yokohama 305/35/R23 series tires.

Brabus gives Mercedes G-Class a 500 horsepower boost

Inside, a wide selection of trim, upholstery and other exclusive interior options can be specified for the all-new G500. Features such as aluminum pedals, scuff plates with illuminated Brabus logo, fine quality leather and Alcantara, and wood / carbon fiber trim accents can be installed on the Brabus G 500.