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Brabus "Superwhite" G pickup might be 2022's most illogical auto

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No Geneva Motor Show this year, but that didn't stop Brabus from revealing a high-riding, overpowered G-Class super-truck
No Geneva Motor Show this year, but that didn't stop Brabus from revealing a high-riding, overpowered G-Class super-truck
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Instead of replacing the rear seats and doors with the bed, Brabus extends the G63 frame and adds the bed behind the cabin
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Instead of replacing the rear seats and doors with the bed, Brabus extends the G63 frame and adds the bed behind the cabin
We're not sure this one even needs lighting to glow
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We're not sure this one even needs lighting to glow
Brabus has had some wild, ridiculous vehicles in the past, but this one takes the cake
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Brabus has had some wild, ridiculous vehicles in the past, but this one takes the cake
No Geneva Motor Show this year, but that didn't stop Brabus from revealing a high-riding, overpowered G-Class super-truck
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No Geneva Motor Show this year, but that didn't stop Brabus from revealing a high-riding, overpowered G-Class super-truck
Brabus extends the length of the G-Class to 209 in (531 cm), from just under 192 in (488 cm, with rear-mounted spare tire) for the stock AMG G63
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Brabus extends the length of the G-Class to 209 in (531 cm), from just under 192 in (488 cm, with rear-mounted spare tire) for the stock AMG G63
A front winch, roof rack and auxiliary lighting add to the rugged look
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A front winch, roof rack and auxiliary lighting add to the rugged look
Carbon fiber trim around bright-white controls and vents
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Carbon fiber trim around bright-white controls and vents
The 800 Adventure XLP gets hit by a full-blown whiteout
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The 800 Adventure XLP gets hit by a full-blown whiteout
Why not slather the side-mounted exhaust tips in carbon?
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Why not slather the side-mounted exhaust tips in carbon?
Don't even think about actually using that perfectly white pickup bed
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Don't even think about actually using that perfectly white pickup bed
The white definitely doesn't stop at the Diamond White Pearl exterior paint
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The white definitely doesn't stop at the Diamond White Pearl exterior paint
Better break out a brand-new hermitically sealed package of driving gloves every time you take that white wheel
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Better break out a brand-new hermitically sealed package of driving gloves every time you take that white wheel
Even the door locks ...
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Even the door locks ...
A nice set of analogue faces
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A nice set of analogue faces
All in the family ... Brabus keeps the three-seat rear cabin intact and ready to go
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All in the family ... Brabus keeps the three-seat rear cabin intact and ready to go
Maybe yacht shoe covers for keeping the pedals clean and bright?
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Maybe yacht shoe covers for keeping the pedals clean and bright?
The clock face wears some white, too
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The clock face wears some white, too
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Brabus has been known for concocting some over-the-top vehicles — in fact, it's not really known for much of anything else. This time, it positively outdoes itself, though, debuting the all-new 800 Adventure XLP Superwhite. What was once an innocent-enough Mercedes AMG G63 becomes a lifted 4x4 pickup with "extreme off-road capability" and paint so white it practically air conditions itself. The good news: if you don't like the obscenely white design, it's bound to change color dramatically the minute it rolls onto the street, let alone trail.

This isn't the first time Brabus has trotted out a high-riding G-Class with an "800 Adventure XLP" label on it. It developed just such an animal for the 2020 Geneva Motor Show that would have been. But somehow that 788-bhp super-pickup with optional drone wasn't quite outlandish enough for the builder or its clients. So now we get the Superwhite version, a motorized contradiction engineered to drive over the dirtiest, most inhospitable tracts of terra firma while styled like it should never leave the pristine confines of an aerospace-grade clean room.

Brabus extends the length of the G-Class to 209 in (531 cm), from just under 192 in (488 cm, with rear-mounted spare tire) for the stock AMG G63
Brabus extends the length of the G-Class to 209 in (531 cm), from just under 192 in (488 cm, with rear-mounted spare tire) for the stock AMG G63

The Brabus "Adventure XLP" spec overhauls the G63 with a full array of off-road goodies that starts with the extended frame, specially developed pickup bed and portal axles raising the truck to a 19.2-in (49-cm) ground clearance. Such an over-the-top specimen wouldn't be complete without a ridiculously overpowered engine, so Brabus has driven the already-powerful G63's 4.0-liter biturbo V8 up to 788 hp (588 kW).

The freshly tuned engine pushes out 737 lb-ft (1,000 Nm) of torque and powers a 0-62 mph (100 km/h) sprint time of 4.8 seconds. That's actually slower than the 4.5 seconds the standard G63 offers, and we can't imagine the ride there will be all that comfortable on the 22-in Pirelli Scorpion ATR all-terrain tires that necessitate electronically reining in top speed to a modest 130 mph (210 km/h).

Brabus has boosted other aspects of the XLP's performance with a height-adjustable ride control coilover suspension system with titanium-coated struts, custom suspension bits around the independent front suspension and rigid rear axle, specially developed Monoblock HD alloy wheels, and carbon skid plates.

A front winch, roof rack and auxiliary lighting add to the rugged look
A front winch, roof rack and auxiliary lighting add to the rugged look

Some carefully placed jewelry ensures that the XLP conveys its hardy woodsiness even when it's merely being valeted at the nightclub. That's clear from the windscreen-topping deflector with auxiliary lights, a 4,500-kg (9,920-lb) front winch that the average Adventure XLP buyer will undoubtedly not be prepared to use, and a platform roof rack. Brabus even offers to top the rack with a rooftop tent so that the truck can look like a weathered overland globe-trotter while it sits in the parking lots of every five-star hotel and resort along the journey.

That particular raft of upgrades, mods and additions certainly seem unnecessary, but it's not even what makes the newest Brabus a certifiable hunk of mad engineering devoid of logic. It's the whiter-than-white color scheme with which Brabus chooses to finish things off that seals the project's fate.

The white definitely doesn't stop at the Diamond White Pearl exterior paint
The white definitely doesn't stop at the Diamond White Pearl exterior paint

The 800 Adventure XLP Superwhite trades in the more subdued silvers, grays and blacks of past Brabusized Gs for what Brabus calls Diamond White Pearl. Instead of stopping there, Brabus busts right through the doors and splashes heaps of eye-scarring white on everything from the pinpoint-precise perforations of the leather seats, to the smooth "White Heat" leather of the lower dashboard, right down to details like the door locks and air vents. There is some carbon fiber and black trim, both inside and out, to offset all the white, but it proves too little, too late.

Not even the pickup bed is safe from Brabus' whiteout pen, its floor lined in a white Flexi Teak decking borrowed from Brabus' high-performance boat line (yes that's a thing, too). Forget about mountain bikes or fishing gear — a lightly used screwdriver, wrench or trowel will repaint that floor beyond the power of the strongest industrial cleaning agents. Best to just treat it like an actual yacht deck.

Don't even think about actually using that perfectly white pickup bed
Don't even think about actually using that perfectly white pickup bed

Sure, the 800 Adventure XLP Superwhite is much more likely to find a permanent stationary home in a garage amidst dozens of other nearly-as-ridiculous super-machines than to do any actual driving, off- or even on-road, but it's still an unnecessarily silly and contradictory vanity project. Just paint the thing a color that won't show every atom of smut, or make it a fast, low-riding urban car.

In one final serving of salt to the wounds, Brabus starts the Superwhite at €631,067 (approx. US$693,500), excluding VAT. And that's before the buyer wrestles with the hopeless task of quenching the chronic thirst of the 15.5-mpg (combined) ute amidst current fuel pricing. Ouch.

Source: Brabus

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9 comments
9 comments
Thornapple
Not electric. Simply doesn't matter.
guzmanchinky
Cool but very very silly. There is only one market I can think of that will certainly snap all of these right up...
Username
This thing looks more like a Defender than the new Defender. I doubt this vehicle will ever go off road, so it's color scheme is irrelevant. And when an owner decides to take their vehicle on a trail I'm quite certain the decision is not based on the color of the paint.
WB
brabus defenitely lost its marbles here. So why would you pay all that money add horsepower just to be half a second slower to 60 than the default version?
Why not just get a tesla model x and be more than twice as fast... why would anyone look like the biggest douche loser driving one of these... showing the world that you don't mind spending all this money on inferiority the car's and yours
EJ222
Whats perhaps even more silly: side-by-sides/UTVs can run circles around this thing off-road, not to speak of the tuned trucks or fully custom offroaders going for similar prices.

And it seemingly cant even put down all the power, given its 0-60 times. Maybe its torque limited by the drivetrain... or just way too heavy?
MattHill
Author hates white cars and makes that an entire review. This is clearly a niche vehicle and many off road vehicles are in fact white.
BartyLobethal
Plenty of things to pick on here, but being stark white isn't one of them. If you live in a hot place like I do, then white paint helps makes things more tolerable in summer. I had my tiled roof painted the whitest white I could get and the reduction in interior temperatures is noticeable. I don't have to run my AC as hard or as often so in the long run this will save me money too. What's works for roofs and clothes works for vehicles as well and I puzzle at people in dark cars in this environment too. Not many things are dumber than a black 4WD in the outback in January.
BlueOak
“…might be 2022's most illogical auto”

Haha, but what do you expect when you start with what is already one of the worlds most illogical platforms, the G-wagon!?!

In our Midwest US region, G-wagons are most typically driven by platinum blond women, never leaving suburban asphalt. And the occasional greased back hair, gold chained, thigh-length black leather jacketed man. No self-secure person would be seen in one.
SplineDoctor
"Pimp my ride", German version.