BRABUS 550 ADVENTURE 4×4²: That is the label of an exclusive and superlative extreme off-roader from the world’s largest independent automotive refinement specialist. Based on the Mercedes G 500 4×4², the engineers and designers of BRABUS developed a cross-country vehicle with an output of 405 kW / 550 hp (543 bhp) that not only looks great on the world’s magnificent boulevards, but is also superbly suited for automotive adventures far off paved roads and thereby does credit to its “ADVENTURE” designation.
This is guaranteed not solely by the super powerful V8 engine, which accelerates the tremendously high-riding off-roader from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.7 seconds. Due to the aggressive off-road tires, the top speed is limited electronically to 160 or 210 km/h (99 or 130 mph), depending on the selected tires.
The spectacular appearance of the 4×4 is further amplified with a high-quality BRABUS ‘Grigio Teleste’ special paint finish, the new BRABUS Monoblock HD wheels, an electronically adjustable special suspension and expedition-ready accessories. The interior is refined with an exclusive BRABUS fine leather Mastik leather/Alcantara interior, whose choice of colors follows the paint finish of the BRABUS 550 ADVENTURE 4×4².
When a cross-country vehicle has “ADVENTURE” in its name, off-road capabilities are of course at the very top of the performance specifications for the engineers. The BRABUS engineers and designers consequently chose the Mercedes G 500 4×4² as the perfect basis for the most off-road-capable BRABUS supercar ever, the BRABUS 550 ADVENTURE 4×4². To give the off-roader with extreme ground clearance an even more spectacular appearance while giving it even more off-road prowess for driving far off paved roads, they developed an extensive package of BRABUS ADVENTURE equipment. Of course, the individual components are also available separately for any other current Mercedes G-Class model.
BRABUS offers special power-retractable steps that make climbing in easier
Immediately striking at the front is the combination of front bumper guard, underride guard and winch. In addition, all chrome parts of the platform car were painted matte black. Robust wire mesh protects the black-tinted BRABUS xenon headlights and the turn indicators on the fenders. In concert with the daytime running lights, which are mounted using special front bumper attachments, the newly designed lamps replace the production lighting components at the front. In addition, the face of the ADVENTURE is characterized by an additional panel below the matte black radiator grille with integrated BRABUS logo. The BRABUS hood scoop is made from matte naked carbon, and adds another distinctive highlight.
Brush guards running from the grille guards to the roof rack are also part of the heavy-duty off-road concept of this supercar, as is the additional lighting unit on the black roof rack of the BRABUS 550 ADVENTURE 4×4². To increase the off-roader’s fording depth, the BRABUS designers developed a new air intake for the V8 engine. The two-piece system is made from naked carbon with a matte protective finish – the intake snorkels rise up along the two A-pillars. To the front, the naked carbon module turns night into day with two powerful LED modules when the driver switches to high beams or operates the headlight flashers. At the rear, the two corners of the roof are fitted with power-adjustable LED searchlights, which can be rotated and panned by remote control. The taillights are likewise protected by robust wire mesh. Due to the high entry, BRABUS offers special power-retractable steps that make climbing in and getting out of the cross-country vehicle easier and safer. The BRABUS bodywork conversion also includes a striking rear bumper with integrated fog and backup lamps as well as a central deflector. Carbon covers with a matte finish for the door mirrors round off the martial appearance of the extreme off-roader.
BRABUS chose off-road tires of size 37×12.50 R 18 with very large tread voids for the ADVENTURE 4×4²
The BRABUS engineers developed the BRABUS Monoblock HD alloys specifically for driving in rough terrain. They withstand even the most extreme loads. Selective structural details such as the indentations in the outer flange and the spokes mean the eight-spoke wheels are designed for maximum strength. The new wheels of size 8.5Jx18 are painted ‘Gunmetal Black’ and feature a partially polished outer edge. By being manufactured using state-of-the-art forging technology, these hi-tech wheels are not only extremely robust, at just 15.4 kilograms (33.9 lbs.) they are also light compared with a conventional wheel capable of bearing these loads. As a result, each complete wheel with tire represents weight savings of 15 kilograms (33 lbs.) over the stock wheel.
The BRABUS Monoblock HD wheel has numerous special design features: The extended hump design gives the wheel significantly enhanced run-flat properties should a tire be damaged. A second inboard valve makes the wheel ready for a tire pressure control system that allows increasing or decreasing the tire pressure on the fly without having to stop at a filling station. Irrespective of this, this innovative BRABUS wheel is of course equipped with a BRABUS RDK tire pressure monitoring system for monitoring the correct tire pressure. The locking center hub protects the classy wheels against theft, and the wheel bearing and bolts against penetrating dirt.
BRABUS chose off-road tires of size 37×12.50 R 18 with very large tread voids for the ADVENTURE 4×4², which offer maximum traction especially in extreme operations far off paved roads. Alternatively, the ADVENTURE 4×4² can also be equipped with the production tires, which are tailored more to daily on-road use. To give the BRABUS 550 ADVENTURE 4×42 even more off-road prowess, BRABUS custom-developed the electronically adjustable BRABUS special suspension, which is controlled by the driver with the BRABUS Touch Control Panel in the cockpit. It uses height-adjustable struts made from high-strength aluminum, which reduce unsprung masses and optimize heat dissipation. The individual setting of the ride height at the front and rear axle allows dialing in the wheel loads precisely. The design features an expansion chamber at each strut, resulting in a 15 percent higher damper fluid volume and thereby tremendous reserves even under maximum loads.
In addition, the BRABUS suspension also offers four different damper settings. Drivers can switch between ‘Comfort,’ ‘Sport,’ ‘Off-Road’ and ‘Individual’ driving modes by tapping the particular option on the BRABUS Touch Control Panel. The latter position allows adjusting the damper firmness separately for the front and rear axle. The BRABUS Touch Control Panel also operates the winch and the lighting module on the roof. In addition, it also features a so-called “blackout switch,” which turns off all the vehicle lights at a single tap of a finger.
The BRABUS 4×4² ADVENTURE sprints from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.7 seconds
The twin-turbo four-liter (243 cu in) eight-cylinder engine of the Mercedes G 500 4×4² is rated at 310 kW / 422 hp (416 bhp) ex-factory and is thus an excellent basis for the new BRABUS 550 PowerXtra performance upgrade. Two high-performance turbochargers with larger compressor unit and a special core assembly with reinforced axial bearings produce a higher boost pressure. Also included is the matching plug-and-play BRABUS PowerXtra auxiliary control unit, which is adapted to the electronic engine control unit and provides modified boost pressure control and optimized mapping for injection and ignition.
The result of these modifications fully lives up to the spectacular appearance of the off-roader: an added 94 kW / 128 hp (126 bhp) of peak power and 190 Nm (140 lb-ft) more torque make the cross-country vehicle tipping the scales at more than three tons significantly more agile. The rated power output of 405 kW / 550 hp (543 bhp) at 5,600 rpm and the powerful peak torque of 800 Nm (590 lb-ft), on tap constantly between 2,250 and 4,750 rpm, harmonize perfectly with the automatic transmission, whose seven gears can also be shifted manually with the ergonomically shaped BRABUS aluminum paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
Equipped with BRABUS 550 PowerXtra engine tuning, the 4×4² ADVENTURE sprints from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.7 seconds. The top speed is limited electronically to 210 km/h (130 mph) to protect the off-road tires.
Of course, like all other BRABUS components, this performance upgrade is backed by the three-year, 100,000-kilometer/62,000-mile BRABUS Tuning Warranty (see BRABUS Warranty Terms and Conditions, updated July 2013), which is unique in the industry. BRABUS exclusively uses hi-tech lubricants from technology partner Motul.
Sound, performance and longevity are the outstanding traits of the BRABUS stainless sport exhaust system with actively controlled exhaust flaps. It allows drivers to choose between a subtle ‘Coming Home’ mode and a decidedly powerful engine sound in the corresponding ‘Sport’ position at the touch of a button in the cockpit. The BRABUS exhaust system also adds some thrilling visual highlights with two black chromed tailpipes in an unusual side pipe design on the driver’s side. For this reason, the running board on the left side of the vehicle deploys only below the driver’s door. The two exhaust pipes on the passenger side remain obscured by the running board deploying under both doors.
The BRABUS interior designers added some decidedly sporty highlights
Of course, the BRABUS 550 ADVENTURE 4×4² on display at the Geneva Motor Show 2018 was fitted with an exclusive BRABUS fine leather interior in the company upholstery shop. The especially soft and breathable black and gray Mastik leather was precisely color-coordinated with the outer skin of the off-roader. The gray leather in the center sections of the seats and the door panels sports square perforations. These hole patterns are executed with the same precision as all leatherwork. Purple piping was added in various places for contrast. The BRABUS starry sky, which features hundreds of fiber optics integrated into the black Alcantara, can optionally also light up in the matching purple color.
The BRABUS interior designers also pulled out all the stops in the rear compartment. The production bench seat had to give way to two individual heated and ventilated power seats. A center console was integrated between them to give the passengers more elbowroom. In addition, it incorporates a BRABUS Touch Control Panel with 4.3-inch screen, whose homepage displays an analog clock. All seat functions including the memory feature and the integrated seat ventilation and heating are controlled with this panel.
In addition, this control also adjusts the volume of the standard COMAND system and turns the gimballed LED reading lights above the individual rear seats on and off. Another useful feature is the USB multimedia port, which allows connecting a smartphone or tablet with the COMAND system, and charging them at the same time. There are also two cup holders that can keep drinks cool or warm as desired. For added practicality, the BRABUS console also has an integrated secure compartment to protect valuables. It opens electronically controlled only after entering the code on the touch control panel.
The BRABUS interior designers added some decidedly sporty highlights in the cockpit with precise-fit carbon elements with high-gloss protective coating, and aluminum components such as pedals, door-lock pins and ergonomically shaped paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
The BRABUS 550 ADVENTURE 4×4² is available as a complete vehicle. Vehicles already in customer hands can be converted all at once or in stages.