Brabus has unveiled the Crawler, a 662 kW “heavy-duty” adventure vehicle that ushers in a new era of Brabus off-road power. The firm says the new model redefines the meaning of driving pleasure, uniting the worlds of unstoppable power and confident elegance like never before. 

Crawler
This Brabus features a special maximum-strength steel tube frame.

Sited below the Crawler’s large bonnet scoop is Brabus’ Rocket engine. The 4.5-litre V8 petrol motor is equipped with a duo of specially developed turbochargers. Brabus says this translates to incredible performance. The off-roader boasts 662 kW and an electronically governed torque figure of 1 050 Nm (the standard figure is a whopping 1 250 Nm). This allows for a claimed 0-100 km/h sprint time of 3.4 seconds. The Vmax rating comes in at 160 km/h. A nine-speed automatic transmission directs power to a permanent all-wheel-drive system. 

Crawler
The Crawler is the first Brabus to ride on a bespoke platform.

The Crawler is underpinned by a Brabus-developed chassis, a first for a Brabus-badged vehicle. The “exclusive” architecture features a high-strength tube frame combined with an open, four-seat body of “high-quality” exposed carbon fibre. 

Further mechanical enhancements include a high-performance exhaust system, complete with actively controlled valves. The tailpipes are finished in “sporty” matte black. The suspension arrangement comprises specially developed aluminium struts and fully adjustable shock absorbers. The ground clearance is rated at 530 mm. The Crawler is fitted with 20-inch Brabus monoblock forged wheels. 

The firm says the bespoke carbon-fibre racing seats provide support and comfort.

Inside, the Crawler features carbon-fibre racing seats, each upholstered in red Silvertex material. The pedals are also finished in this bright hue. A “state-of-the-art” satellite navigation system is also included in the package. In addition, there’s also a “sophisticated” two-way communication system, which can be used with the dedicated intercoms that are integrated into the carbon-fibre helmets. 

Owing to the off-road tyre configuration, the top speed is limited to 160 km/h.