German tuning house Brabus has a long tradition of modifying products from Mercedes-Benz. The company also has a preoccupation with top speeds. The Brabus 900 Rocket Edition GLE is the world’s fastest SUV and it is limited to just 25 units worldwide.
For many years Brabus has been creating cars that boast extremely high top speed figures. It was only a matter of time before the company built the world’s fastest street-legal SUV. To claim that mantle the German speed meisters say that their latest creation, the Brabus 900 Rocket Edition GLE, can reach 330 km/h, and that’s electronically limited. It can also blitz the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 3,2 seconds. That top speed figure places the new Brabus above the likes of the Lamborghini Urus (which we drove at reported on here) with its 305 km/h and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT that manages 300 km/h.
As with most Brabus creations the starting point of the exercise comes from Mercedes, or more specifically AMG. In this case it is a Mercedes-AMG GLE63S Coupe. The standard car’s 4,0-litre V8 has been punched out to 4,5-litres. The two standard turbochargers are swapped out for larger units of Brabus’ own design. These are mated with larger piping that ends in 90 mm exhaust tips.
Net result of these, as well as a few other, mods is peak power of 662 kW (900 hp – hence the name) and a whopping 1 250 N.m of torque from 2 500 to 4 500 r/min, which is dialled back to a more ‘sane’ 1 050 N.m for road use. The best part is the company provides a three-year or 100 000 km warranty on its new engine.
To achieve the top speed of 330 km/h the Brabus 900 Rocket Edition GLE has a bespoke aero kit that was designed by Brabus. A front chin spoiler works in conjunction with the three-piece rear item and a rear diffuser to reduce lift at high speeds. Also immediately noticeable are Brabus Monoblock Z Platinum Edition wheels. The massive alloys feature exposed-carbon aero-discs. For added aggro the ride height is dropped 25 mm.
Watch the car in action and listen to it in the video below: