Thunderous. Evocative. Uncompromising. There are many words to describe the Brabus G900 Rocket Edition, but none quite do it justice when you read the headline stats. The sprint from zero to 100km/h, for instance, is dealt with in just 3.7 seconds. If that’s not crazy enough, it pumps out 900hp and 1,250Nm of torque helping it to quite literally rocket to a top speed limited to 280km/h. That’s supercar performance from a spacious and practical SUV.
The G900 Rocket Edition, which is limited to 25 models, enters Brabus’ high-tech manufacturing facility in Bottrop, Germany, as a Mercedes G63 AMG, a car that is not exactly lacking in power. But after a Jekyll-to-Hyde-like transformation, it comes out the other side virtually indistinguishable. The most obvious change is to the exterior. Wearing a specially developed Widestar aerodynamically-enhanced body kit and sitting on purposeful 24-inch aero-disc wheels, it bristles with muscularity.
Aerodynamics is the key word here, because these enhancements aren’t just for show. The carbon front spoiler with side flaps that reduce front-axle lift, and the downforce-inducing roof-mounted rear wing and custom diffuser, allow you to attack corners at speeds that defy physics.
Round the back, a valve-controlled sports exhaust system brings out the best of the V8 soundtrack but features actively controlled valves. This means when you’re wanting to be a bit more discreet, you can flick the Rocket into “Coming Home” mode to protect the neighbours’ hearing. On the inside, Brabus’ unmistakable craftsmanship and attention to detail are brought to life in the exquisite and bespoke Masterpiece interior.
Helping these highly-tuned engines perform at their best, every Brabus car comes factory filled with Motul 8100 or 300V as well as Motul gearbox lubricant, brake fluid and coolants. Brabus recommends the continued use of Motul lubricants for the perfect blend of performance and reliability.
However, it isn’t just in the car’s components where Motul’s lubricants make an impact. “Motul is a strong partner for us, and we have worked closely with their R&D for many years,” said Jörn Gander, Brabus’ chief engineer. “Motul not only supports us with lubricants for the vehicle, but also with all the industrial lubricants we need, for example when machining blocks in our own CNC area. This means that the crankcase is completely reworked in-house on a five-axis milling machine to increase the displacement from four to 4.5 litres. And, of course, we need the appropriate lubricants and coolants for this. This is an important topic for us.”
Brabus’ CEO, Constantin Buschmann, added: “We’ve got a very strong collaboration with Motul and the technical staff of Motul, and they advise us on different products for all applications. The truth is that the change in lubricant or viscosity has a major impact. It can mean 3-4 horsepower more to even a few kilometres more on a high-speed run.”
Speaking about why Brabus chooses Motul lubricants, Sven Gramm, director of communications and advertising, said: “We build high-performance engines and they need a high-performance product that functions properly. But most importantly, the product needs to function every day and everywhere. The biggest difference between a Brabus and any other supercar is the fact that a supercar is probably only used once a week during the weekend, mostly in summer. Our customers drive their cars every day and they like to drive it fast. On top of that, we sell our products in Moscow but also in Dubai, so the engine has to function at peak performance in -50°C to +50°C. Every Brabus comes with a three-year warranty, and to make such a promise you need to be confident in all of the products that are used during the process.”