Brabus lobs hardcore Benz G 63 pickup

The German tuning house goes to town on beloved Benz G-Class, turning it into a hardcore 4x4 load-lugging spinoff - with its own drone
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Tuner Brabus has unveiled its crazy 800 Adventure XLP, based on the Mercedes-AMG G 63, before its slated debut at the 2020 Geneva motor show.

After adding about 50cm to the G-Wagen's wheelbase to make space for a true pickup body, and adding a tough widebody-kit and front winch, Brabus got to work on the mechanicals - with extreme off-roading in mind.

Highlights include 22-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain tyres, the fitment of 4x4-ready portal axles, and the adoption of Brabus’s own suspension to up ground clearance to a whopping 490mm - double a G 63's.

The interior trim is apparently highly customisable, with buyers being able to choose interior upholstering in “virtually any desired colour.”

Thanks to tweaks to the G 63’s 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, the 800 Adventure XLP produces a hearty 588kW (or 800hp as the name denotes). Torque peaks at 999Nm – because 1000Nm would just be silly.

These figures somehow make a stock-standard G 63’s 430kW and 850Nm seem a bit puny and are good enough for a 0-100km/h dash in only 4.8 seconds. Top speed is limited to 210km/h due to the increased centre of gravity and thick-tread tyres.

Maybe even more ridiculous than the performance figures is Brabus’s design of the ute body’s bed to accommodate an optional Wingcopter autonomous drone.

Brabus claims the Wingcopter – which can travel up to 240km/h for a 120km range – can be used to transport aid supplies and rescue equipment over terrain that even the most capable off-roader can’t navigate.

This isn’t the first time Brabus's team have put their touches on a G-Class, displaying their G500: Brabus 4x4² at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show for one example.

Prices for the Brabus 800 Adventure XLP ‘First Edition’ are reported to start at £395,766 ($A781k) rising to £677,312 ($$1.3m) for the Geneva show car.