Brabus 900 Maybach GLS: This is how the 900 hp Maybach drives
Comparatively subtle look for a Brabus
Visually it shows Brabus 900 surprisingly subtle. Instead of countless spoilers and fender flares, which one expects from the Bottropers, there are only “slight” changes here. The chrome parts typical of Maybach models have a dark glaze and are no longer as eye-catching. On the side, it is the huge 24-inch rims in particular that brabus betrayed, as well as the thick tailpipes at the rear.
As is usual for Maybach, this one drives GLS as a four-seater variant, you take a seat on very comfortable seats, and the leg and headroom also leaves nothing to be desired. Electric seat adjustment and massage functions are of course also on board, as is a cooler for the drinks of the rear passengers.
Increased displacement and new turbochargers ensure powerful pressure
And for that a lot was necessary: First, the displacement was increased, instead of four liters it is now 4.4 liters, new turbochargers and modified software ensure that the unit finally achieves the said 900 hp spits out. And to protect the transmission and drive shafts, the maximum torque has been limited from 1250 Nm to 1050 Nm, which is pretty massive.
The Brabus GLS drives like a sports car
Of course, these bare numbers are also reflected in the driving performance. The 100 mark is broken in 4.2 seconds, and if you keep your foot on the gas, you can reach a top speed of 320 km/h. Pretty fast for a vehicle that has a curb weight of around 2.8 tons.
This weight cannot be explained away on the road, but it still drives much sportier than you would expect. Pushes like a real sports car, wonderful how you can still hear the whistling of the charger and the chirping of the blow-off valves despite the sensational Maybach insulation. With a snap of your fingers you’re from 100 to 200 km/h, the modified suspension is fun in corners and that’s no exaggeration, although there is quite a bit of leaning.
However, the wide Conti rollers seem to gloss over some of the weight. The overweight is not felt in the performance, everything feels more like 1.8 instead of 2.8 tons.
If you could find fault with something, that’s like the fly in the ointment, it’s the exhaust sound. Because the tailpipes look fatter than they sound, the OPF seems to have fallen victim – but the sound is perfectly adequate for a Maybach.