Brabus’s armoured Mercedes-AMG G63 is an oligarch’s dream

Brabus has added armour to Mercedes’ latest G-class, with just shy of 800bhp for good measure

From the UK Prime Minister’s LWB Jaguar XJ Sentinel, to the Cadillac-based ‘Beast’ of the US President, personal protection vehicles are often a little dull. Should you require an armoured vehicle for yourself, however, Brabus has devised a better solution, with its Invicto G-class range.

Whether you’re a head of state with a taste for the three-pointed star, or simply someone who wants to prepare for the worst, Brabus has you covered. Based on either the G500 or G63, all three variants feature armour that meets the VR6 Plus ERV standard, the same standard that you’ll find in the protection vehicles of many of the world’s leaders.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

> This BMW M8 Competition is faster than a McLaren P1

Unlike most retrofitted armoured vehicles, the Invicto G-class features a protective cell that’s bolted down as opposed to welded, allowing for no reduction in the size of the door openings, and complete armour coverage. Steel plates, metal composites and fabrics are used throughout, with the addition of bulletproof glass bringing total weight to 3.8 tons, an increase of around 1000kg.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

Even the mighty G-class can’t withstand such an increase in weight, and so Brabus has reinforced the kinematics to ensure proper performance and reliability. The suspension at the front and rear is entirely replaced with reinforced shock absorbers, springs and sway bars – even the frame is modified in high-load areas such as the strut towers.

Though both the G500 and G63 have plenty of power to move the extra weight, the Bottrop-based tuner will increase output of its 4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 to 789bhp and 738lb ft of torque at a cost. Top speed is limited to 130mph due to its bespoke run-flat tyres. However, we’re certain you’ll be thankful for its uprated 402mm six-piston front, and 380mm four-piston rear braking system.

To cater for every possible customer, three variants are on offer. The ‘Luxury’ model is exactly what you’d expect, coming with the tuner’s Widestar carbonfibre bodykit and a reupholstered Brabus ‘fine leather’ interior, available in any colour of the buyer’s choosing.

‘Pure’ is for those that want to fly under the radar, if such a thing is possible in a G-class, with only the 20-inch reinforced wheels setting it apart from an ordinary model, both inside and out.

‘Mission’ is perhaps the best of them all, with flashing lights, a tank-like armoured roof escape hatch and every possible gadget anyone could ever need. Designed for the likes of security companies and special forces, it has the ability to carry four occupants fitted with protective vests across rough terrain, thanks to the use of its bolstered bucket seats with five-point harnesses. An infrared package with night vision can be had alongside an array of ‘monitoring’ and navigating systems, and once you’ve reached your destination, you can perform a rescue with the front-mounted winch.

All of this doesn’t come cheap, with prices starting at 354,600 (approx. £316,000), around twice that of the standard G63 range-topper.

Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/mercedes/202294/the-789bhp-brabus-800-adventure-xlp-is-a-mercedes-amg-g63-pickup
Mercedes AMG G-Class

The 789bhp Brabus 800 Adventure XLP is a Mercedes-AMG G63 pickup

27 Feb 2020
Visit/mercedes/201711/brabus-gives-new-mercedes-amg-g63-888bhp-v12
Mercedes AMG G-Class

Brabus gives new Mercedes-AMG G63 888bhp V12 

9 Sep 2019
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/news/22743/gordon-murray-automotive-t50-revealed-the-real-mclaren-f1-successor
News

Gordon Murray Automotive T.50 revealed – the real McLaren F1 successor

Gordon Murray’s T.50 is the pinnacle of supercar engineering on the eve of an electrified future
4 Aug 2020
Visit/ferrari/roma
Ferrari

Ferrari Roma 2020 review – a new take on the Italian GT

Direct, engaging handling and superb ride quality, plus strong performance: the sharp-suited Roma nails its GT brief
5 Aug 2020
Visit/news/20376/scuderia-cameron-glickenhaus-004s-order-books-open-for-674bhp-three-seater
News

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 004S: order books open for 674bhp three-seater

Announced in 2017, the road-legal Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 004S is now set to enter production later this year
6 Aug 2020
Visit/best-cars/15315/best-cars-to-buy-for-ps20000-evo-garage
Best cars

Best cars to buy for £20,000 – evo garage

The evo team pick their favourite used performance cars
4 Aug 2020