Tuned Brabus Mercedes-AMG G63 Debut Pickup With 900-HP 4.5-Liter V8

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Brabus has tuned the Mercedes-AMG G63 way beyond the usual upgrades. Aftermarket specialists turn the SUV into a pickup truck before going into town to improve the powertrain and visuals.

Brabus powers a tuned G63 pickup with a larger 4.5-liter V8 engine, increasing its capacity from 4.0-liter. The tuner achieved this by increasing the bore and stroke of the engine and installing new forged pistons and a custom billet crankshaft. The new high-performance exhaust changes the engine soundtrack.

Brabus also improved the turbocharger, increasing boost pressure while recalibrating the engine management software. The company added new maps for injection, ignition, and improved pressure control. The truck produces 900 horsepower (662 kilowatts), 315 hp more than a standard SUV. The engine produces 992 pound-feet (1,250 Newton-meters) of torque, but Brabus caps it at 774 lb-ft (1,050 Nm).

The company also limits the truck’s top speed to 175 miles per hour (280 kilometers per hour) with electronic controls. It weighs 5,997 pounds (2,720 kilograms), but the powerful powertrain can accelerate the truck to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 3.7 seconds.

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Brabus based the P 900 Rocket on its XLB pickup, a converted Mercedes-AMG G63. The Rocket has a steel truck bed frame with carbon bed sides. The truck also comes with a wide body kit, which extends its width by 3.9 inches (100 millimeters). Visually, the aftermarket builder added an integrated front spoiler, hood cowl, front and rear fender flares, rear diffuser, roof-mounted wing, and other styling tweaks. The 24-inch Brabus Monoblock Z Platinum Edition wheels complete the upgrade.

The tuner completed this example in Rocket Grey, although customers can order it in any color. The gray contrasts with the truck’s bold black leather interior with red accents. Red is also found throughout the truck on the speaker grille, vents and switches. It uses carbon trim throughout the cockpit.

Brabus will only produce 10 of these high-powered G63 pickups. The truck will start at €649,638 ($639,380 at today’s exchange rates), excluding 19 percent VAT.

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