New ultra-limited Brabus P 900 Rocket Edition launched with 888bhp
The Brabus P 900 Rocket Edition is a lowered version of the Brabus 900 XLP
The standard Mercedes-AMG G 63 is already quite an imposing car with its tall bonnet, huge proportions and of course that rumbly V8 powerplant. Brabus has taken the intimidation factor up a few notches with its latest SUV creation - the P 900 Rocket Edition.
The P 900 Rocket Edition can be ordered now, although pricing has not been announced. With the 900 XLP sitting comfortably north of £500,000, we’d expect a similar price point for the Rocket Edition, given both are limited to 10 units. Brabus’ new car should offer plenty of eye-catching character for the money, however.
Brabus says the P 900 Rocket Edition has the ‘performance of a track-ready supercar’ mixed with the ‘strength of the Brabus XLP’. Although Brabus doesn’t say how much the P 900 weighs, the XLP model tips the scales at a hefty 2,983kg, so a fairly powerful engine is needed to back up those claims. Under the bonnet, you’ll find the same 4.5-litre twin-turbocharged V8 as the XLP, producing 888bhp and 1,250Nm of torque. Fuel consumption is unsurprisingly terrible at 16.3mpg on a combined cycle.
That power is sent to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission, which can be switched to manual mode with steering wheel-mounted paddles. There’s also a Sport mode that opens up the electronically controlled exhaust valves or leaves them closed in a quieter ‘Coming Home’ mode should you wish to be slightly more discreet. Despite sharing the same engine and pick-up truck body as the 900 XLP, the Rocket Edition goes from 0-62mph 0.7 seconds quicker, at 3.7 seconds. Top speed is limited to 174mph.
Distancing itself from the XLP, the P 900 gets its own unique wheels. They’re 24-inch carbon-fibre forged rims, wrapped in considerably less off-road friendly low-profile tyres than those found on the XLP. This, coupled with the lower ride height granted by the new Brabus ‘RideControl’ coilover suspension system should account for much of the P 900’s improved acceleration.
Although it sits lower than the XLP, the new car still offers plenty of visual shock and awe or “one-Second-Wow elegance” as Brabus puts it. Starting at the front, there’s a Brabus badge taking the place of the usual three-pointed star, a new grille and bumper design as well as a back-lit radiator. There’s also a lower lip splitter made from carbon fibre. On the bonnet you’ll see the “PowerView hood” for that extra dose of aggressiveness.
Arguably the most eye-catching feature down the side of the P 900 is the light-up exhaust tips, which glow red in Sport mode. New air vents appear front and rear behind the wheels. Towards the rear, load bars feature in the pick-up bay, and there’s a new rear bumper and diffuser. ‘Brabus’ lettering is embossed on the rear tailgate.
The P 900 Rocket Edition is suitably spectacular inside too. There’s two-tone leather combining black with “Rocket Red” and diamond-quilt stitching. You’ll also find a Brabus “Heritage” pattern which pays homage to the brand’s founding year (1977) with “77” tags.
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