A stock Mercedes-Benz G-Class is already a bit of an absurd vehicle, but the truly absurd version isn’t the G63 AMG or even the G65 AMG. It’s the G63 AMG 6×6, a six-wheel, limited-production off-roading monster. Not content to stop there, Mercedes removed two of the wheels, changed out the 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 for a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 and called it the G500 4×4².
The use of portal axles gives the G500 4×4² nearly 18 inches of ride height, and in case you ever have to cross a three-foot-deep river, it can safely be driven through 39 inches of water. Under the hood, the V8 makes 416 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque, which is probably needed to get such a large vehicle moving.
Even with the luxurious interior and $200,000 price tag, the tuners at Brabus didn’t think Mercedes had gone far enough with the G500 4×4².
To start things off, they bumped up the power on the engine to 493 horsepower and 523 pound-feet of torque. An increase of 78 horsepower and 74 pound-feet of torque above the stock version means the Brabus G500 4×4² can now hit 60 miles per hour in 6.9 seconds. That’s a slower time than the V6 Honda Accord puts up, but for such a large SUV with such large tires, it’s pretty impressive.
If you weighed more than 6,000 pounds, you’d have a hard time sprinting, too.
Brabus also included a stainless steel sports exhaust with a button on the steering wheel that allows drivers to switch between a “sport” mode and a “coming home” mode, which is really just another way of saying that the loud exhaust has a “quiet” button. Nothing else about the G500 4×4² is subtle, but if you need to drive it without waking your neighbors, it’s nice to know you can at least be somewhat subtle about it.
A tuning company wouldn’t be a tuning company if it left the paint and the body work alone, so of course there’s an appearance package. You get new bumpers in the front and back, a new grille, polished underbody guards, and of course the all-important hood scoop.
Inside, the cabin has been reworked in typical Brabus fashion. Quilted, black Mastik leather adorns the interior with red seams for contrast. An alcantara headliner, carbon fiber inserts, and aluminum highlights complete the new look in the cabin.
Pricing hasn’t been announced, but you can safely assume it will run you at least a quarter of a million dollars if you want to buy the Brabus version of the G500 4×4². It will still be insanely capable off-road and probably exceptionally comfortable, but the real question here is why anyone would buy one of these.
Sure, there’s a certain appeal to owning a luxurious SUV that can go nearly anywhere, especially if you’re ludicrously wealthy, but it’s not like the regular version is common or doesn’t stand out enough. There’s no doubt that you’ll be the only person driving one anywhere you decide to go in it.
The answer, I guess, is that just like ultra-luxury manufacturers like Bentley and Rolls-Royce are finding out, they wealthy are willing to pay huge amounts of money to get their hands on a unique vehicle, and if there’s one thing you can say about a Brabus-tuned G500 4×4², it’s that it’s certainly unique.
You probably won’t ever see one in person, but if you’re particularly interested, you can always keep an eye on Instagram because you know the kind of person who buys a car like this is going to put pictures of it up on Instagram.