The latest modified Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen from German tuning shop Brabus is a seasonal offering that really isn’t a G-Wagen at all: a desert rally rig that the firm has named Crawler.
Although one can see the G-Wagen hiding in Crawler, most of the model was manufactured in-house; the rig doesn’t appear to be a foundation build. The body panels and components are mainly fabricated from carbon fiber, although the tube frame is made from a particularly hardy steel alloy. Also working in Crawler: portal axles with high-strength mounts, and axle heat sinks; struts, shocks and other suspension parts — as well as drivetrain parts — are milled from solid aluminum. Crawler rides on 20-inch Brabus Monoblock HD wheels.
The engine powering this super-dune buggy is Brabus’ Rocket 900 V8. In this case, the twin-turbo 4.5L produces 888 horsepower and 1250 Nm of torque, but the output is electronically limited to 1050 Nm, which is 774 pound-feet. Interior details include carbon racing seats, a carbon dash, a 12-inch screen, and a navigation suite that includes satellite imagery, topographic maps, point-to-point imagery, and route recording.
Crawler is a ‘1 of 15’ Brabus offering. Each example is priced at €891,310, or about $950,000.