Much like the Land Rover Defender, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is a functional, utilitarian vehicle that has remained largely unchanged since its initial conception. In Germany the G-Class serves as the primary workhorse and is easily applicable into any type of work; from the service industry, fire and rescue, law enforcement, and especially military. It is thanks to the Shah of Iran (a big shareholder at that time) who first suggested to Mercedes-Benz to develop a military vehicle, which was later offered as a civilian version in 1979.
What you see here is a Brabus G63, which has come a long way from the original workhorse it started out to be. In fact, the G-Class is coveted in many foreign countries and is even regarded as a luxury SUV. That’s certainly the case here as you step into the cabin. What greets you are diamond-stitched electronically adjustable leather seats in black and red trim all around, matched to a stylishly modern dashboard and center console that’s bar none to a Mercedes-Benz standard.
Tuning experts, Brabus, who are known for their over-the-top modifications and crazy engine conversions, didn’t hold back on the G63. In its regular guise you may either find a 5.0-liter V8 or a 3.0-liter V6 turbo-diesel under the hood. The G63 however has been injected with a testosterone-filled Brabus modified 6.0-liter twin-turbo and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V8, which will throw you to back seat with 800hp @ 5500rpm and 1420Nm @ 2000rpm. Let me repeat that for you – 1420Nm of torque from as early as 2000rpm all the way to 5000rpm! Amazingly, even with this crazy amount of horsepower and torque Brabus still retains the factory aluminium engine block and head, which is a real testament to German engineering.
You won’t find a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission to match this engine; those are given to the base model G-Class. What the G63 has is Mercedes’ technologically advance, top-of-the-line 7G-TRONIC 7-speed automatic transmission. Now you have seven carefully matched gears to help you drive that monstrous engine to all four wheels, and if you feel like it may even shift to manual mode for a bit of sport driving. Heck, if it were me I’d turn off traction control and destroy some tyres while I’m at it.
Speaking of tyres, those Yokohama Advan S.T. tyres are measured at 305/35 R23. Now to a regular Joe, like me, a 17 inch tyre is already considered pretty big, and a 19 inch tyre is simply massive, and here we have four 23 inch tyres, for which I have no words to describe. But it comes with good reasons which are those 23×11″ Brabus Monoblock F “Platinum Edition” forged wheels, the only true way to roll when you’re ballin’.
Compared to those humongous wheels the 360mm drilled rotors look rather tiny, but they do come with AMG’s 6-pot calipers to stop the G63 efficiently. For an SUV with a gross vehicle weight of 3200kg I certainly wouldn’t want anything lesser if I was the owner, and I would know from playing GTA V. :P
The Brabus Widestar bodykit is of course the “star” of the show. The entire kit consists of a front spoiler, rear apron, fender flares with LED lighting, door panels, running boards, and a carbon fiber powerdome for the hood. If you have to ask for the price, then you probably can’t afford it anyway.
In these troubling times, living in luxury is a fantasy most of us can only dream of. But with some plastic surgery, a song writer, some talent… actually talent is not required, and a lot of Auto-Tune, all you need to do is produce some tacky, awful pop music and you’ll soon be rollin’ in the Benjamins. Then you know you’ve made once the haters see you rollin’ in your Brabus G63. Don’t hate the playa, hate the game!
For more information about the Brabus kit, please contact Mr. Roger Tong of Naza Brabus Motor Sdn. Bhd. at 012-219 2533, and for technical advice you may inquire Mr. CK Tan at 017-321 5585.
Car: Brabus G63
Engine: 6.0-liter biturbo and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection, Brabus special turbochargers, Brabus special intercoolers with four water-to-air intercoolers, back pressure lowering catalytic converter system, air filter system in the front fenders, Brabus engine mounts
Electronics: Brabus specific ECU upgrade
Transmission: 7G-TRONIC 7-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Chassis & Handling: Brabus suspension
Brakes: AMG 6-pot calipers, 360mm drilled rotors (F)
Wheels & Tyres: 23×11″ Brabus Monoblock F “Platinum Edition” forged wheels, 305/35 R23 Yokohama Advan S.T. tyres
Exterior: Brabus Widestar bodykit which consists of a front spoiler, rear apron, fender flares with LED lighting, door panels, running boards, and a carbon fiber powerdome for the hood
Text: Sean Eu
Photos: Kenny Yeoh