We only had a very brief drive in the Mercedes-AMG GT earlier this year but it made a big impression. It didn’t cross our mind for a second, though, that it needed more – of anything, really.
But we are not Brabus, where more is always better and too much is just about enough. So it was only a matter of time before the Brabus boffins turned their attention to the AMG GT.
And they have created is, well, surprisingly subtle. A bodykit consists of new bumpers, front wing outlets, sills and diffuser, with slightly lower suspension and bigger wheels.
The 4.0-litre, twin-turbo V8 engine has been breathed on, remapped injection and ignition, and increased boost pressure freeing up an extra 88bhp and 74lb/ft of toque. That takes the totals to 592bhp and 553lb/ft. 0-62mph drops a 3.6 seconds, while top speed increases to 201mph.
A quad-tailpipe, titanium exhaust finishes the Brabus AMG GT off, and no doubt makes a gloriously raucous noise.
We are absolutely certain this is just the warm-up act for a more extreme interpretation to follow. If it seems subdued, worry not because Brabus has something else up its sleeve that will debut alongside the AMG GT at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this week: the not even slightly subdued Brabus G500 4×4².
The 4×4² is a preposterous proposition anyway, a high-riding G-Wagen with heavy-duty ‘portal’ axles borrowed from the G63 6×6 and a £200,000 price tag. Subtle it most definitely ain’t, and it’s even less so now Brabus has got its hands on it.
Power from the turbo V8 motor goes up to 493bhp and 523lb/ft of torque, thanks to some electronic trickery. That propels the eight-foot tall, three-ton beast from 0-2mph in 6.9 seconds and on to a limited top speed of 130mph. Which it’ll probably do off-road.
It seems like most of the G63 6×6 production run has been given the Brabus treatment and we suspect the same will be true of the G500 4×4². Well, why not?
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By Only Motors