Renowned Mercedes-Benz tuning house Brabus has unleashed its latest creation based on the Mercedes-AMG G63 sport-luxury SUV. It’s the newest variant of the 800 Adventure XLP Superblack, a go-anywhere pickup truck hiding a mighty powerful V8 engine under the hood.
Images: Brabus GmbH
With a vehicle like this, it’s all about the numbers. The Mercedes-AMG G63 has an already-potent 4.0-liter bi-turbo V8 pumping out 577 horsepower and a mind-numbing 627 pound-feet of torque. But for the 800 Adventure XLP, Brabus is not settling for less than 800 horsepower.
After a couple of performance-enhancing engine mods, the truck now produces, yes, 800 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque. All that grunt shifts to all four wheels using a nine-speed automatic gearbox that Brabus claims “can be shifted either automatically or manually at the driver’s leisure.” In addition, the engine gets a Brabus stainless-steel exhaust system with carbon-fiber exhaust tips and “launch ambiance lights,” which sound and look fantastic.
The performance numbers are just as impressive. Brabus claims zero to 60 mph in 4.8-seconds and an electronically-limited 130 mph top speed, enough for it to rank among the world’s fastest pickup trucks. Granted, the Brabus 800 Adventure XLP Superblack is not as nippy as the Hennessey Mammoth 1000 TRX or the Viper-powered Dodge RAM SRT-10, but it trumps both in the luxury department.
Standard are 22-inch monoblock and forged Brabus wheels, explicitly designed to withstand heavy-duty off-road abuse. It also has Brabus ride control suspension modules with an adjustable ride height and damping feature to enhance the truck’s on and off-road prowess.
Inside, the all-black cabin is as dark as the outside, but the premium materials will more than make up for the interior’s gangster vibe. It has ultra-plush, all-black leather upholstery resplendent in seashell diamond quilting and perforations.
The same pattern applies to the trim elements and footwells, while carbon fiber and aluminum trim provide a subtle contrast. Meanwhile, cabin elements like the speaker covers, air vents, trim panels, door handles, and switches have a mysterious Shadow Chrome finish.
So, how did Brabus turn a Mercedes-AMG G63 into a pickup truck? Brabus chopped off the back half of the SUV’s cab to make room for a truck bed, but not after stretching the vehicle by 27-inches to provide more space in the rear quarters. Brabus lifted the entire thing and gave it front and rear portal axles with a half-shaft to offer better ground clearance, now at 19.1-inches from a stock G63’s 8.8-inches.
After painting it in the Brabus signature Obsidian Black Metallic paint finish (hence the “Superblack” name), Brabus gave it a roof rack and a heavy-duty winch. At the same time, carbon-fiber exterior trim provides the truck with a rugged, Baja-ready appearance.
Brabus has yet to announce the pricing and release date for its newest 800 Adventure XLP Superblack. But based on the previous 800 Adventure XLP, we reckon base prices to start upwards of $650,000.
The Most Expensive NFTs Ever Purchased
One of the earliest examples of an NFT collection on the Ethereum blockchain, CryptoPunks have grown to be among the most valuable collections in the world. They are a set of 10,000 unique, algorithmically-generated “Punk” characters that, according to their creators Larva Labs, served as the inspiration for the ERC-721 standard, an interface that now powers that majority of Ethereum-based NFTs. A CryptoPunk’s value is determined by the rarity of its attributes: the rarer the attributes, the more valuable the NFT.
CryptoPunk #5822 is one of the rarest of all, which explains its incredible selling price. Firstly, it has just one attribute, a feature that only 2% of the collection shares. That single attribute is a bandana, which is rare in itself, as only 5% of the collection sport one. The Punk’s skin type is alien, which is the biggest factor in pushing up this NFT’s value, as only 0.09% of the collection share this skin, a total of 9 NFTs out of a collection of 10,000. Punk #5822 was bought by Deepak Thapliyal, CEO of blockchain tech company Chain, for 8,000 ETH, roughly $23.7 million USD at the time of sale.
Self-Repairing Electronics Are Closer To Reality Than You Think
A research group led by Professor Yehonadav Bekenstein from the Faculty of Materials Sciences and Engineering and the Solid-State Institute at Technion was studying perovskite nanoparticles for their potential to provide a green alternative to toxic lead materials used heavily in electronics. In doing so, they found something unexpected.
The team found on a microscopic level that the nanocrystals moved a hole (damage) through the areas of a structure to self-heal. Surprised by this, the researchers drew up a code to analyze microscopic videos and understand the dynamics and movements within the crystal. The researchers realized that the damaged area, or hole, formed on the surface of the nanoparticles, then moved to energetically stable areas inside, and was finally “spontaneously ejected” out. Researchers explained that through this self-healing process, the nanocrystals essentially reverted back to being undamaged (per Technion).
Researchers with Technion believe that this discovery is a key step toward understanding the processes by which perovskite nanoparticles can heal themselves. The team also thinks that perovskite nanoparticles should be used in solar panels and other electronic devices. The full study, published by Advanced Functional Materials and made available at the Wiley Online Library, is titled “Self-Healing of Crystal Voids in Double Perovskite Nanocrystals Is Related to Surface Passivation.”
This Astonishing Vision AMG Sports EV Will Somehow Spawn Production Electric Cars
It’s no secret that Mercedes-Benz’s AMG performance division has been downsizing from high-strung, gas-fed internal combustion engines to lower-displacement mills infused with some form of hybrid or mild hybridization. The incoming AMG C63 S, for instance, will make do without its raucous 4.0-liter bi-turbo engine. Instead, it will have a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a mild-hybrid powertrain. The Manhart CR 700 is one of the last modified C 63 S wagons with AMG’s muscular turbocharged V8 motor.
Meanwhile, the Vision AMG concept harks the beginning of a zero-emissions future without sacrificing style or the brand’s hallmark “AMG driving experience.” The Vision AMG has innovative axial flux motors (similar to Vision EQXX) developed by Mercedes subsidiary YASA. The brand claims its new electric motors are smaller, lighter, and produce more power than conventional electric motors. Mercedes-AMG did not mention motor outputs, battery sizes, or range numbers. Still, it did say Vision AMG’s drivetrain would be “developed entirely from scratch,” including a new high-performance, high-voltage battery, and a “revolutionary drive technology,” said Mercedes-AMG.
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