So much can be said about the Geländewagen. Launched in 1979 and then revived in 1990 with the G-Class 463, its cult status has driven an audience more akin to rappers and rich kids than outback explorers.
This year, the German marque has announced an almost identical-looking new generation, and Brabus has chosen to bid the 39-year-old icon farewell in the best way it knows how: by transforming it into the ultimate steroid-spiked super SUV.
Called a very mouthy Brabus 700 4×4² “one of ten” Final Edition, the blocky beast is still recognisable as a G-Wagen, only now it looks perfectly capable of completely obliterating a small city car.
It has 700 horses worth of grunt from its upgraded 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8, and – as encouragement to take this off-road – a multi-adjustable off-road suspension with over 23-inches of ground clearance.
While we’re pretty sure no one is going to risk getting its pristine paint work (only available in black or white) compromised, but if you do get adventurous, there are four driver-selectable driving modes to play around with.
Updated exhausts mean that everyone in the neighbourhood will be able to hear your V8 symphony loud and clear, especially seeing that this Brabus monster also has almost 300hp more zest than the regular version of the modest G-Wagen. Its torque rating is also a faintly frightening 960Nm, which is more than many supercars you can name.
Because of its massive tires, top speed is limited to 209kph, although Merc’s maddest tuner has promised a 0-100kph run in five seconds flat, putting it again in the range of many hot hatches and supercars. If that doesn’t sound fast enough for you, rest assured that anything more in this towering car would be almost suicidal.
Brabus’ swan song to the old-school icon is limited to ten precious units – all of which is probably accounted for by now.