Portal axles, exposed carbon, and 800 HP. That's all you need to know.
Most US consumers wouldn't know it, but in certain global markets, Mercedes-Benz sells a luxury pickup truck. Dubbed the "X-Class," the well-appointed mid-size pickup is based on the Nissan Navara, a.k.a. "Frontier," and powered by a range of four- and six-cylinder gasoline and diesel Mercedes engines.
If that's not enough to whet your appetite, we'd like to present you with an alternative: the Brabus 800 Adventure XLP. Based on the already opulent and powerful Mercedes G63 AMG, the new Brabus pickup turns the wick up with a peak output rating of 800 horsepower from a twin-turbo 4.0L V8, and the absurdity doesn't stop there.
Brabus, which has already made a go of tuning the Mercedes G-Class to the extreme, has given the Adventure 800 XLP a specially designed suspension with portal axles, resulting in a ridiculous 19 inches of ground clearance. What's more, converting the G63 AMG to accommodate a "generously sized" pickup bed without taking away passenger space required extending the wheelbase by some 20 inches, adding a special module to the ladder frame in order to relocate the rear suspension.
The result is a truck that's a full 27 inches longer than a factory G63, with no loss of torsional rigidity. What's more, Brabus sprang for carbon fiber parts to make the bedsides to avoid introducing any excess weight to the vehicle, further using the stuff for the top-mounted hood attachment with its pair of power bulges, as well as the front fender flares, which were borrowed from the Brabus 800 Widestar and extend the truck's width by some 4.6 inches. Carbon fiber is expensive, but the performance speaks for itself.
The Brabus Adventure 800 XLP will hit 62 mph in a scant 4.8 seconds, given the right conditions, and we have to imagine it's somewhat traction-limited, as it rides on all-terrain tires - 325-section Pirelli Scorpion ATRs, to be exact.
Now, for the bad news: the Brabus Adventure 800 XLP is, predictably, expensive. In Europe, the truck will start at €575,630, which is the equivalent of about $626,200 US. The limited "First Edition" truck that will show at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show next month costs even more, with a price tag of €666,386 - roughly $725,100, including an optional Wingcopter drone and bed-mounted landing module. Even the less-potent Brabus Adventure 700 XLP starts at a princely €389,831 ($424,200).
So, yes, the Brabus Adventure 800 XLP is well outside our price range. But we can still dream, can't we?