The new G V12 900 is big, powerful, and obscenely expensive.
Mercedes-AMG has a long-established track record of slotting big engines into every road-going passenger vehicle that wears the Silver Star – extending all the way up to the big G-Class sport-ute. It even put a V12 under the hood of the last one, but sadly hasn't done the same with the new model. One of the top Benz tuners in the business has, however, stepped in to fill that gap (and engine bay).
Feast your eyes on the new Brabus G V12 900 "One of Ten" edition, which does one better than simply shoehorning AMG's hand-built 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 into the new Gelandewagen.
Where the previous G65 boasted a prodigious 604 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque, the Brabus G V12 900 boasts a scarcely believable 888 hp and 1,106 lb-ft thanks to its bored-out and retuned 6.3-liter engine. It produces so much muscle, in fact, that the tuner had to electronically limit not only the top speed to 174 mph but also the torque to "only" 885 lb-ft, and fit a new speedometer to track it all. As big and heavy as it is, the G V12 900 will rocket to 62 in just 3.8 seconds – 0.7 quicker than even the new Mercedes-AMG G63.
While it was at it, Brabus also fitted a full body kit that widens the track by four inches and mounted it on wheels as large as 24 inches across. The suspension and exhaust have been extensively upgraded as well, and the interior can be outfitted with leather, Alcantara, and more to the customer's specifications.
Of course none of this comes cheap, by any means. Brabus quotes a list price of 605,055 euros – nearly $670k at current exchange rates, before taxes, or roughly four and a half times the price of a stock G63. At that rate, wonder it's only undertaking to build ten of them.