The Brabus 800 Is An 800 hp, 1000 Nm Monster Of An SUV

Brabus now has the answer to those who think their GLS 63 is just a bit too slow. 

The Mercedes-Benz GLS 63 4Matic+ is, for all intents and purposes, a monster super-SUV in its own right already. A 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8 that churns out a mighty 612 PS and 850 Nm of torque is testament to that fact. 

To the few people who for whatever reason believe that its 0-100 km/h time of 4.2 seconds just isn’t quick enough however, Brabus may be able to help you out with that. This is because its recently launched 800 has turned the already mad, bad GLS 63 into a 800 hp monster of an SUV, that can rocket to 100 km/h from a standstill in just 3.8 seconds. 

Packing a whopping 1,000 Nm of torque and an equally scarcely believable top speed of 280 km/h, these staggering performance gains come largely courtesy of Brabus’ PowerXtra B40 S-800 kit. The highlight of which being the addition of a pair of ‘special high-performance turbochargers’, that feature both bigger compressors and a modified core assembly with reinforced axial bearings hence enabling it to now produce a maximum boost pressure of 1.6 bar. 

Continuing on the topic engine enhancements, the quad stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system is also worth a mention. Featuring actively controlled valves to let that 4.0-litre V8 really sing, Brabus has rather thoughtfully though included a ‘Coming Home’ mode to allow the 800 to revert to its whisper quiet GLS self as to perhaps not annoy the neighbours every time it rumbles into life.

A quiet mode on the exhaust however is nevertheless probably the only thing quiet about this Brabus 800. That is because, as with anything the German tuner touches these days, this murdered-out GLS is definitely an imposing sight to behold. 

From the rear, it is perhaps harder to tell that it is a Brabus, as a slightly sportier rear diffuser with four carbon exhaust tips inset within it are the only major distinctions from the GLS. It is however a different story round the front of the 800, with a custom carbon fibre front lip, larger bumper air intakes and the huge illuminated Brabus B as well as the signature twin red stripes on the front grille clearly giving the game away. 

Now moving down the side meanwhile, the 800 sits on massive 24-inch Brabus Monoblock M Platinum Edition forged wheels wrapped in low-profile performance Continental tyres. And in the aim of enhancing this 2.5 tonne SUV’s agility, Brabus has also fettled around with the Airmatic suspension setup, which resulted in a drop in its ride height by some 25 mm from the standard GLS 63. 

As for the inside of the Brabus 800, the carbon fibre theme continues with naked-carbon elements on the dashboard and door panels. This is then contrasted by the aluminium pedals and door pins, in addition to the aluminium paddle shifters on the Brabus Race steering wheel, which allows the driver to take manual control of the 9-speed automatic transmission. 

The master upholsterers at Brabus have also been hard at work on the 800 too, outfitting its 7-seat cabin with a plush black leather upholstery. Complete with grey contrast stitching, red piping and Arrow Wave quilting as standard, the German tuners have stated that they are nonetheless happy to work with their affluent clientele in customising it to suit their tastes. 

Speaking of their affluent clientele, Brabus has yet to quote a price on exactly what this 800 would cost. Though if anyone really had to ask this question, it is highly unlikely that they’ll be buying one any time soon anyway. 

PRESS RELEASE: High-performance luxury SUV – outstanding performance with strong, confident looks. The brand new BRABUS 800, based on the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC +, is the latest BRABUS super sport SUV that pushes the boundaries, characterized by an incomparable driving experience, a unique appearance and an extra spacious interior. Equipped and with a full carbon aerodynamic-enhancement concept, 24-inch forged wheels, a valve-controlled sports exhaust system for the fitting, acoustics, a tailor made BRABUS fine leather interior and a 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 producing 588 kW / 800 hp, this hallmark BRABUS conversion leaves nothing to be desired!

The carbon exterior design of the BRABUS 800 impresses with its immediate wow-factor. In addition, the characteristic exposed carbon body parts ensure optimal aerodynamics. In the front, the BRABUS front spoiler gives the 800 an unmistakable face and reduces front-axle lift at high speeds, resulting in improved handling stability. In the rear, the BRABUS diffusor insert perfectly highlights the four BRABUS carbon tailpipes while adding to the optimal aerodynamic balance. Optimized air inlets on the sides of the front bumper round off the sporty appearance. The air inlets in the radiator grille as well as an illuminated BRABUS emblem in combination with the red signature stripes ensure the unmistakable BRABUS look.

Prestigious performance – the BRABUS 800 is a real luxury mega liner, a vehicle for every purpose, a daily driver with the performance of a supercar and space for up to 7 people. With its extremely high-performance 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine and special high-performance turbochargers, this super SUV produces 588 kW / 800 PS and thus offers excellent performance. The 1,000 Nm power is transmitted via a nine-speed automatic transmission, which can be shifted either automatically or manually – through it, the BRABUS 800 accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in just 3.8 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited to 280 km/h.

Additionally, the BRABUS quad stainless-steel high-performance exhaust system with actively controlled valves ensures the proper acoustics and further perfects power delivery by reducing the exhaust backpressure. It offers active sound management by enabling the driver to switch between a throaty V8 in ‘Sport’ mode and a subtle whisper in ‘Coming Home’ mode at the touch of button.

The bigger, the better – The exclusive design of the BRABUS 800 is emphasized by newly developed, high-tech 24-inch BRABUS Monoblock “PLATINUM EDITION” M forged wheels, which, through the use of state-of-the-art manufacturing processes, offer a unique look and maximum strength. In combination with the BRABUS suspension module, this power SUV is as agile as it is stunning, underlined by limitless driving fun. The optimal high-performance tires are provided by BRABUS technology partner: Continental.

Matching the sporty, elegant appearance and the uncompromising performance of the BRABUS 800, the interior of this extra-spacious sports SUV is also in a league of its own, characterized by a tailor-made BRABUS Fine Leather design. Our master upholsters created an impeccable design from especially soft and breathable black leather with gray contrasting topstitching matching the black paint finish. The seat surfaces and inner sections of the door panels were quilted in our unique Arrow Wave design with pinpoint precision. The meticulously perforated sections are backed with red fabric to match the red BRABUS highlights on the engine cover and the bodywork, giving the interior a very special look.

Furthermore, the sporty characteristics of the BRABUS 800 are emphasized with naked-carbon elements on the dashboard and door panels as well as with aluminum pedal and door pins. Special aluminum paddle shifters on the steering wheel in BRABUS RACE design make choosing the right gear even more precise when operating the SPEEDSHIFT nine-speed automatic transmission manually. Naturally, the interior design can be customized based entirely on personal preference!

Joshua Chin

Automotive journalist. Professional work on and Personal writing found at Instagram: @driveeveryday

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