Mercedes G-Class Gets New 4.0L Biturbo V8

Mercedes-Benz has given its iconic G-Class an update.

According to the German automaker, all future G-Class models will offer up to 16 percent more power and lower fuel consumption with the G500 receiving the company’s new 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine. The powerplant is based on the same engine found in the Mercedes-AMG GT and C63, but has been retuned to make 416 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque, rather than the base 453 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque found in the GT. The G500 is the only model in the lineup that benefits from a new engine, but powerplants have been updated for the rest of the lineup with the G350d now getting 245 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque, up from 211 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque.

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The high-performance AMG G63 gets a nice jump of performance from 536 hp to 563 hp while torque remains the same at 560 lb-ft. As for the range-topping G65, which will be heading to the U.S., that model generates 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque allowing it to go 0-62 in 5.3 seconds.

In addition to the updates under the hood, the German automaker also revised the SUV’s suspension and reprogrammed the ESP, ASR and ABS systems. For the interior, the instrument cluster has been updated while the non-AMG models get new bumpers and flared wheel arches.

Expect the updated G-Class lineup to arrive dealerships in the U.S. this November, but the G350d diesel won’t be making the trip.

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