Mercedes-Benz G-wagens, from small operators such as Khan in the UK to just about any German workshop with an engine mapping kit. That invasion does not sit well with Brabus, the longtime Mercedes-Benz tuner, which is why it’ll debut its 850 6.0 Biturbo Widestar version of the mighty G in Frankfurt.
The 850 6.0 Biturbo Widestar will imbue the block-shaped SUV with an eponymous 850 horsepower and a hilly, 1069-lb-ft torque. That is enough to send it to 62 mph in 4.0 seconds, which is about as quick as the new Mercedes-AMG C63 sedan. Top speed is a claimed 162 mph. It also has new, larger turbochargers and a new exhaust system for freer breathing, plus a heat-reflecting gold foil on the intake air pipes from the inter-cooler to the engine.
That motive force comes via a twin-turbo V-8 of 5.9 liters 5912-cc, even though it is advertised as a 6.0-liter, which is enlarged from the 5461-cc standard AMG V-8. It is fortified with forged pistons, a billet crankshaft, and a longer stroke. There is also a carbon-fiber hood scoop with a checkered-flag design, make room for the air filter and the new intake manifold.
The seven speed automatic remains, and feeds a strengthened all-wheel drive system. The 5600-pound monster also uses Brabus’s own Dynamic Ride Control suspension system, developed around two-stage adjustable Bilstein dampers.
Brabus tries to get around the ancient G-wagen chassis’ dynamic deficiencies by widening the body and fitting 23-inch wheels and tires. Pushed out by 4.7 inches, the wheels are wrapped in 305/35 rubber.
The Biturbo Widestar also comes with the typically beautified interior, including power rear seats from the Mercedes-Benz S-class, with rear-seat occupants also getting power retractable tables. And just because the Brabus-ized G-wagen can get there quicker, doesn’t mean you want to be uncomfortable on the trip.
There is also a WLAN router and a 4G modem to connect the car to the internet. You see, this muscled-up G-wagen only looks like a throwback.