• The Brabus 800 is based on the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S.
• Its twin turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine produces 588kW and 1 000Nm.
• Large 24-inch forged wheels, carbon tailpipes and red stripes are some of the signature exterior additions.
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The Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S is already a tasty performance proposition in stock trim, but German high-performance automotive aftermarket tuning company, Brabus, created their own edition.
Known as the Brabus 800, the SUV features a number of enhances over the GLE 63 S on which it is based. The exterior is coated in a glossy black colour and features large 24-inch Monoblock 'Platinum Edition' Z forged wheels, dual carbon tailpipes, and an uprated diffuser. The chassis also sits on an Airmatic Sport suspension.
Under the bonnet is where a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine is found that sends an insane 588kW and 1 000Nm to all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission. Despite its size, the SUV accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in just 3.4 seconds and reaches an electronically limited top speed of 280km/h.
For those interested in how the fuel consumption figures read, 11.5 l/100km is the estimated combined figure.
Special edition goodness
The interior is mainly Mercedes-Benz, but the indication of Brabus influence can be seen with full Alcantara Mastic leather seats and steering wheel as well as the naked-carbon elements found on the dashboard, door panels, aluminium pedal and door pins. There are also stainless-steel scuff plates with a backlit BRABUS logo that changes colours in sync with the interior's ambient lighting.
Performance SUV's don't get more mental than the Brabus 800 and, with its power and performance, will put many supercars to shame. In South Africa, the Mercedes-AMG GLE starts from R1.8-million.