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German mega-tuner Brabus wants you to know, that even if you aren’t driving the uber powerful Mercedes-AMG G63, they have a performance solution in place for lesser models.

They recently showcased their magic on the latest-generation Mercedes-Benz G-Class, in the process gifting the G500 with an additional 58kw and 100nm, taking output to 368kw and 710nm – as much power as the old Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG. And thanks to the Brabus B40 - 500 PowerXtra performance upgrade – essentially a plug and play control module - the 4.0-litre V8-engined G500 equipped with the nine-speed automatic transmission, and now fitted with aluminium Brabus paddle shifters can now sprint from 0-100kph in just 5.7 seconds and onto an electronically limited top speed of 210kph.

The boxy luxury SUV rides on 23-inch 'Platinum Edition' Monoblock forged wheels shod with 305/35 R23 high-performance rubber, and features other notable exterior upgrades including a new front bumper incorporating LEDs into the lower valance, roof mounted LEDs, a new grille, a raised vented hood, and a more pronounced rear spoiler to name a few.

On the inside, the Brabus enhanced G-Wagon gets a range of exclusive interior options, offering aluminium pedals and scuff plates with backlit Brabus logos for the passenger cabin and the trunk. Moreover, the upholstery gets the Brabus fine leather interiors from especially soft and breathable Mastik leather and Alcantara, which are tailored-made for the customer. A variety of precious wood and carbon-fibre trim is also offered.

Mercedes-Benz South Africa plans to launch the W464 Gelandewagen locally before the end of 2018.

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