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Black is back: the BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP SUPERBLACK

Just about everybody drives a Mercedes-AMG G63 these days, despite a massive waiting list, these still turn op on every corner lately, if you want to stand out you could try to get hold of one of those massive 6×6 monsters they made a while ago, but those are really expensive these days, and might be a little too big … so what would still turn heads, and not be too massive?

Why not take a closer look at the brand new BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP SUPERBLACK then? It’s not as massive and long as the 6×6 model, but it’s still taller and longer than a factory original G63, and you cant’ deny she looks great in this all-black dress, down to the big wheels, and make no mistake, this off-road beauty packs 800 hp from that tuned V8 engine.

Probably the biggest head-turner is the fact this isn’t another raised and more powerful G-Wagon, this is an off-road pickup, rolling on portal axles for even more ground clearance, forget about the Ram TRX (702 hp) or the 2022 Ford Raptor R with 760 hp, this BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP SUPERBLACK comes with 788 bhp (800 hp) and a massive 1,000 Nm of torque, from a modified 4-Liter V8 twin-turbo engine, a power boost of no less than 215 hp over the standard 585 hp in the base G63 model.

But this isn’t just a case of cutting the rear roof away on a Mercedes-AMG G63, BRABUS went all out creating this Adventure XLP version, this car is 5.31 meters (17.4 ft.) long, which is a whopping 68.9 centimeters (27.1 in) more than the regular G63 (without the spare wheel), on this BRABUS Adventure XLP the wheelbase has been extended by no less than 50 centimeters (19.7 in)!

The entire rear bed is a completely bespoke BRABUS part made from steel with carbon fiber bedsides, and BRABUS even went for custom-made portal axles on their 800 Adventure XLP SUPERBLACK to offer the best possible off-road capabilities for those customers that want to tackle the toughest missions, a ground-clearance of 49 centimeters or 19.2 inches should allow you to get to most destinations … in a hurry.

And while this black beast isn’t small or lightweight by any means, the 800 hp or 588 kW SUPERBLACK can reach 100 km/h in a mere 4.8 seconds, as we are riding on large 22-inch off-road tires, and because of the raised suspension, the center of gravity is a little higher than the factory original, BRABUS opted to limit the top speed to 210 km/h, which is 130 mph.

At the front, the new construction for the G-Class was designed as an independent suspension. All components required for this, such as the completely new integral subframe and the control arms, are milled out of solid blocks using cutting-edge CNC technology. At the rear, the principle of the rigid axle as in the base vehicle is retained. It also required redesigning numerous parts for the portal axle setup, which are produced from high-strength aluminum. They include all control arms of the suspension and the reinforced axle housing.

Another special design is the titanium-plated, height-adjustable BRABUS Ride Control coilover suspension for the BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP SUPERBLACK, which was calibrated specifically to the large ground clearance provided by the portal axles. The suspension setup can be selected in the cockpit with the standard DYNAMIC SELECT suspension adjustment of the latest Mercedes G-Class. It also allows choosing different
setups for the engine, transmission, steering, and assistance systems.

The BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP SUPERBLACK runs on black BRABUS Monoblock HD wheels with an eight-bolt pattern specifically designed for the portal axles. The size 9.5Jx22 alloys are designed for maximum strength and with Pirelli Scorpion ATR all-terrain tires of size 325/55 R 22 make optimal use of the available space under the exposed-carbon fender flares.

To match the longer chassis of the pickup, BRABUS developed a longer, special drive shaft and a new rear end with pickup bed that harmoniously joins the spacious cab of the G-Class. This results in an overall length of 5.31 meters (17.4 ft.). To this end, the company fabricates elements from sheet steel such as the new rear wall of the cab, of course with heated rear window, the robust cargo bed and the side-opening tailgate. The bedsides are produced from carbon using the complex prepreg process. The likewise black Flexiteek bed liner is a direct technology transfer from the construction of high-performance boats by BRABUS Marine. The sophisticated material mix for the vehicle body guarantees a perfect fit, maximum strength and a high load capacity. Of course, the BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP is independently safety-certified by TÜV.

The carbon components for the cargo bed of this pickup are not the only parts manufactured from this hi-tech compound by CSP, a business division of BRABUS Group. The BRABUS hood cowl with two power bulges and the BRABUS wind deflector above the windshield with
four additional LED lights are also produced there.

The fender flares come off this production line, too. They were adapted from the BRABUS WIDESTAR widebody version for the current Mercedes G-Class models. On the BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP SUPERBLACK, they are naturally painted black and additionally fitted with exposed-carbon wheel arches. They add 11.6 centimeters (4.6 in) to the width of the pickup over the base car. The side rub strips made from that same material add further attractive highlights.

The WIDESTAR fascia with large air intakes for the BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP SUPERBLACK was also adopted from this styling package. It is upgraded with a front brush guard and a winch with a pulling power of 4,500 kilograms (9,920 lbs.) The robust carbon-fiber skid plate features high-gloss coating like all other exposed-carbon components on this supercar.

The dual bars behind the cab of the BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP SUPERBLACK are also painted black and effectively round off the thrilling pickup look of this supercar. The bracket for the naturally black painted fuel can and the spare wheel carrier on the cargo bed are likewise color-coordinated. Those planning to head out on a major expedition will appreciate the massive roof rack on the cab, which for outdoor campers can also be upgraded with a roof tent.

To make getting in and out easier in light of the large ground clearance, the BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP SUPERBLACK has black-coated running boards. They were adapted to the extended wheelbase of the pickup and can optionally be supplemented with power-retractable steps. LED lights in the flares, which are activated by pulling on a door handle or by the Keyless-Go signal when approaching the vehicle, ensure a safe step also in the dark. They illuminate the ground to the left and right of the vehicle as well as the running boards of the rocker panels.

The rear view is characterized by the pickup tailgate that reveals the origin of this supercar with an exposed-carbon panel with a recessed BRABUS logotype. The WIDESTAR rear fascia with stylized exposed-carbon skid plate rounds off the view from the rear. The handles with inlaid BRABUS logotypes on doors and tailgate demonstrate the great love of detail.

Black on black is of course also the motto in the interior of the BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP SUPERBLACK. The company upholstery shop created a particularly exclusive BRABUS Masterpiece interior that perfectly combines the finest black leather with sporty carbon elements. The headliner is made from black Alcantara.

This high-end refinement includes covering the entire interior and the vehicle floor with the finest black leather. What is more: the center sections of the seats feature seashell diamond quilting and perforations applied with pinpoint precision. Many interior elements were enhanced with the ‘Heritage’ brand pattern, which pays tribute to the BRABUS founding year with its embossed “77” signets.

Carbon elements on the steering wheel, dashboard, center console, and door panels add decidedly sporty touches to the cockpit. They are complemented with aluminum components such as the pedals, door-lock pins, and the ergonomic BRABUS RACE paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Overall, 206 cockpit elements such as trim panels, handles, switches, loudspeaker covers, and air vents were glazed in “Shadow Chrome” to match the interior design, demonstrating the great BRABUS love of detail.

Pricing for the BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP SUPERBLACK starts at € 725,900 (including the 19% German VAT), which converts into US $823,390 at the time of writing, a steep price, but that’s what exclusivity costs nowadays.