The Brabus 900 Crawler is an all-terrain beast based on Mercedes G-Wagon
Brabus is known for producing some of the fastest and meanest automobiles on the planet. It also happens to be the largest Mercedes-Benz tuning company after Mercedes-AMG itself. The 900 Crawler is the world’s first off-road oriented Brabus, and it’s been heavily tuned as it delivers close to 900 HP. The vehicle has the face of a G63 AMG and can drive on any terrain on the planet. The car is completely stripped and the chassis remains raw. As it is very off-road oriented, it has no doors or roof panels and is not even homologated in most countries of the world.
The Brabus 900 Crawler is an off-roader that surprised because Brabus only manufactures street-oriented high-performance vehicles. This is the automaker’s first venture into the off-road world, and they’ve done it in style.
Pure off-road in every way
The front fascia of this car resembles that of the G Wagon, but the only thing shared between the 900 Crawler and the G Wagon happens to be the engine and transmission. All other parts and panels distinguish the two trims and are developed in-house by Brabus. So the chassis, frame, suspension setup and all other mechanicals were built from the ground up. Other than that, the off-roader’s proportions are so huge that the 21-inch wheels, which come as standard, look small as the overall tire dimension is well over 40 inches. The vehicle is just stripped down and has no doors, windshields or even roof panels. It’s also stripped down in the interior department, so the tuner understandably offers no sound system or climate control, and the plush leather seats are ceded to race-buckets with harnesses. However, the cabin has a 12-inch screen like the regular G Wagon. Still, the interface has some changes as it shows topographic map, satellite images, route recording and other necessary off-road features.
The screen is IPX7 waterproof certified with an enclosed SD card slot, and the screen has an operating temperature of between 15 degrees Celsius and 55 degrees Celsius. The company also claims that it’s nearly impossible to overturn the 900 Crawler in unfortunate circumstances. Even though this beast has a very high center of gravity thanks to clever design cues, it will always stay firm and grounded in off-road riding. On the front axle, the Crawler uses a double wishbone suspension setup and high tensile steel wire coil springs. In the rear, a trailing arm suspension setup uses a special anodized surface finish. To stop this massive vehicle, it uses a 400mm diameter brake at the front, and the rear disc is 370mm in diameter, and both have fixed calipers.
Monster Truck Performance Level
The 900 Crawler uses the same twin-turbocharged V8 engine found in most other AMG models, but the only difference is that it’s bored out to a 4.4-liter capacity in this configuration. As its name suggests, the engine delivers a power of 900 HP. Even the turbocharger found on the vehicle is specially tuned by Brabus as they use a larger compressor to deliver more power. The inclusion of a Ram air intake increases boost pressure by 1.4 bar. In addition, the exhaust system is also extensively modified.
It uses a high performance stainless steel exhaust system with exhaust flap control and dual tailpipes inside pipe designs on each side. The off-roader is available in permanent all-wheel drive with electronically controlled differential locks as found on the G-Wagon. The transmission setup uses a 9-speed automatic transmission which can also be manually controlled by paddle shifters. An automobile that weighs north of 6000 pounds, the Crawler has a 96 gallon fuel tank of which 8 gallons are kept in reserve. This off-road beast can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds; however, its top speed is limited to 99 mph.
Brabus 900 Crawler: Limited production vehicle
Brabus usually limits production numbers, and the Crawler 900 is no exception. With only 15 units available worldwide, it’s a rare catch. Surprisingly, they are already sold out, even though they are very expensive at over $800,000. It’s no surprise that it’s an iconic model in the Brabus range as it’s one of the first off-road oriented machines.
Being the first of any type is usually a remarkable label, and the Brabus 900 Crawler is the company’s first fully off-road oriented vehicle. Its tuning potential is beyond the numbers. All in all, it is expected to be a successful addition to the prestigious lineup as it conquers every terrain on the planet.
Sources: Brabus, road and track, engine1
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