( This would be great to drive on the beach,
but it could use a van body )
King of the Jungle
Brabus Unimog U 500 Black Edition
Mercedes-Benz, with additional input from the German tuning company
Brabus, has introduced the 'King Kong' of off-roaders at this month's
Dubai Motor Show. It's designed to be the most outrageous car of its
type in the world, with the ability to discover the most inaccessible
parts of the globe.
The new Mercedes-Benz Unimog Black Edition is a combination of a
day-to-day, recreational and utility vehicle based on the Unimog U 500.
Cooperation with Brabus the tuning company in Bottrop has created a
recreational vehicle for individualists, with a striking appearance
which sets it apart from other on-road or off-road vehicles. The high,
truck-like seating position provides the driver with excellent
all-round visibility. Thanks to power steering and compact dimensions,
the Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 500 Black Edition is as manoeuvrable as a
medium-sized passenger car.
Both the exterior and interior of the exclusive Unimog Black Edition
have been completely revised. Its silhouette is characterised by both a
platform with integral side panels, and a newly designed bumper while
the roll-over bar of polished stainless steel and upswept chrome
exhaust pipes accentuate the sporty appearance.
The vehicle interior has been customised by Brabus and many features in
carbon-fibre. The roof and the A/B-pillars are lined in Alcantara
leather, while the sports-style seats are upholstered in the finest
mastic leather and the footwells are carpeted in soft velour. The
colour scheme is deep black, in line with the model name. With a black
leather steering wheel and aluminium pedals, the driver of the Unimog
Black Edition should have the vehicle firmly under control. Technical
highlights include the COMAND system from the S-Class, with a 6.5"
screen, DVD navigation, CD changer and a specially developed compass
function. A comfortable interior atmosphere is ensured by two
separately controlled air conditioning systems, tinted glass all-round
and a first-class sound system.
The Unimog generates an output of 205 kW/ 280 hp from an engine
displacement of 6.4 l, developing a torque of 1100 Nm. A high
final-drive ratio enables speeds of over 120 km/h to be achieved. With
a gross vehicle weight of 11.99 tonnes, the Mercedes-Benz Unimog Black
Edition has a payload of around 4.3 t and is fitted with tyres in size
455/70 R24. The standard portal axles in conjunction with the
in-cab-operated tyre pressure control system and the rear-mounted cable
winch make this premium Unimog an extra-special off-roader which knows
practically no limits. The EAS transmission allows the gears to be
shifted manually or in automatic mode, just as the driver prefers.
Switching between the two modes is possible at any time.
The Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 500 Black Edition offers the well-known
off-road capability of the Unimog, a high payload for all manner of
sports equipment and a high towing capacity. This makes it suitable for
a wide range of applications: in addition to day-to-day use in the city
this Unimog is ideal for excursions to rough mountain areas, remote ski
slopes or hot desert regions. And soon afterwards the same vehicle can
be used as a towing unit to transport a yacht to the coast or carry
boating and diving equipment. These many applications fully reflect the
versatility for which the Unimog is famous.
The basic price for the Unimog U 500 is 140.000 euro and the Brabus
tuning modifications will cost an extra 90.000 euro (depending on exact