WATCH | The good-looking Brabus 800 is a wickedly fast performance SUV

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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.

BRABUS 800 based on AMG GLE 63S
BRABUS 800 based on AMG GLE 63S

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.

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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.

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