An exclusive supercar never seen in this form before: The Brabus 800 Adventure XLP celebrates its world premiere at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. The pickups of model year 2020 are available in an exclusive limited “First Edition.”
Based on the Mercedes G 63 AMG, the engineers, technicians and designers of Brabus developed a high-performance tuned pickup with outstanding off-road capability, which they achieved with a newly designed Brabus special suspension with portal axles. This results in a ground clearance of 49 centimeters (19.2 inches).
The basic variant of the BRABUS 700 Adventure XLP based on the Mercedes-AMG G 63 starts at 389,831 euros. Prices for a BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP of the “First Edition” start at 575,630 euros. The BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP show car at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show sells for 666,386 euros including options and the Wingcopter.
In addition to the Brabus WIDESTAR widebody design, the newly designed pickup bed characterizes the looks of this unusual vehicle built by Brabus in a small-scale production run. The tailor-made rear-end module is made from steel and has bedsides made from carbon that is extremely strong yet very light.
The power source is the 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 in Brabus 800 PowerXtra + specification with an output of 588 kW / 800 hp (789 bhp) and 1,000 Nm (737 lb- ft) of torque. With it, the Brabus 800 Adventure XLP sprints from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.8 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 210 km/h (130 mph) due to the higher center of gravity and the 22-inch all-terrain tires.
The show car in Geneva features a ROCKET silver matte special paint finish and a burned oak Brabus fine leather interior.
The pickup bed of the show car for the 2020 Geneva Motor Show accommodates the take-off and landing module for a Wingcopter. This high- end drone can reach speeds of up to 240 km/h (150 mph) and is able to transport aid supplies and rescue equipment safely and autonomously over a distance of up to 120 kilometers (75 miles) to areas of the terrain that not even this vehicle with extreme off-road capabilities could reach.
The pickup body conversion represented a major challenge for the Brabus development team. For example, in order to be able to mount a generously sized pickup bed behind the unchanged spacious passenger cabin of the G-Class, the wheelbase was extended by 50 centimeters (20 inches) for a start. The Brabus engineers used state-of-the-art design and engineering software to run the calculations required for this. They developed a special module for the steel ladder-type frame of the off-roader to these specifications, which fully preserves the torsional rigidity and replaces the mounting points for the rear suspension. Length overall is 5.31 meters (17.4 feet), which is 68.9 centimeters (27.1 inches) more than a stock G 63 without spare wheel at the rear.
The BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP, which is on exhibit at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, houses an optionally available special module on the pickup bed. It makes it possible for an electrically powered high-tech drone (eVTOL = electric vertical takeoff and landing) to take off and land. This unmanned aircraft from German manufacturer Wingcopter reaches speeds of up to 240 km/h (150 mph) and was designed specifically for delivering urgently needed aid supplies and special equipment to remote regions and in impassable terrain.
Like multicopters, the electrically powered drones can take off and land vertically in the smallest of spaces, but also fly long distances as efficiently and as fast as winged aircraft. The tilt-rotor mechanism patented by Wingcopter makes this possible. It allows rotating the rotors by 90 degrees upon reaching the cruising altitude and transition to an efficient and nearly silent forward flight. The Wingcopter is designed to carry loads of up to six kilograms (13 pounds) and can cover distances of up to 120 kilometers (75 miles) without swapping batteries – even in adverse weather conditions. In a wide range of emergencies, the Wingcopter can bring food, equipment or medications autonomously and quickly to injured or lost people or can supply rescue teams with urgently needed extrication tools. This also allows reaching canyons or mountain regions that would be out of reach even with this extremely off-road capable Brabus all-wheel-drive pickup. Wingcopter was honored for this technology with the International Award of the German Aviation Industry and the SDGs Spotlight Prize of the Japanese NTT DATA Open Innovation Challenge 2020, among others.
The larger turbos are complemented for this engine conversion with new mapping for injection, boost pressure control and ignition. They are introduced into the electronic engine control unit via the PowerXtra module. As the type designation BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP indicates, peak output of the twin-turbo engine jumps to 588 kW / 800 hp (789 bhp) at 6,600 rpm. Even more important for the superior power delivery of the pickup is the peak torque of 1,000 Nm (737 lb-ft) at a low 3,600 rpm.
This engine turns the BRABUS 800 Adventure XLP into one of the world’s most powerful pickups. From rest, the supercar with pickup bed sprints to a speed of 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.8 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 210 km/h (130 mph) due to the all- terrain tires. The nine-speed automatic transmission can optionally also be shifted manually with the ergonomic Brabus RACE aluminum paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The revised powertrain also includes a special drive shaft necessitated by the extended wheelbase.