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Last week, Mercedes-Benz teased everyone by slipping in photos of its newly refreshed G-Class in its GLK press photos. But now the real news is out, albeit not officially confirmed by the German automaker, that the G-Class will see a G63 and G65 model variant.
The current G-Class standard engines will be retained for the 2013 model year, which includes the naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V8 with 383 hp and the 3.0-liter V6 diesel with 208 hp. Apparently the diesel engine will make its first appearance on American soil with the 2013 model year.
The G55 however will be replaced by the G63, powered by AMG’s 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine with 536 hp. That’s good, but better still, the new top-of-the-line G65 AMG will feature the same 6.0-liter V12 engine seen in the SL65 AMG. That means we’ll be seeing G-Class models packing 621 hp and 737 lb-ft of torque.
The G65 AMG will be the first G-Class model to ever come with a V12 engine. AMG models will also feature more aggressive front-end designs and larger brakes. The new G-Class will also benefit from Mercedes-Benz’s new seven-speed 7G-tronic gearbox. Two wheelbase forms will continue to be available on the G-Class model; standard of 94.5 inches and a long wheelbase model of 112.2 inches.
[Source: The Passing Lane]
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is a funky, but rugged luxury SUV from the German automaker, and it appears that it’ll be in production until at least the year 2020.
Mercedes-Benz’s parent company Daimler has come to an agreement with Magna Steyr to extend the production of its G-Wagen in Graz, Austria and was able to get more favorable conditions along with a better price from Magna. Daimler went so far as to threaten Magna that the company would move production of the G-Class to Hungary but it appears that Magna conceded to Daimler’s wants and production will continue in Austria.
The G-Class was originally designed to be a rugged off-roader and a light military vehicle for the German Army. The plant in Graz began production of the SUV back in 1979 and is currently the longest produced Mercedes-Benz in Daimler’s history. Last year, 7,200 G-Class vehicles were made, and this year the number is set to 8,500. Mercedes hopes to hit an annual production of 10,000 for their G-Wagen.
Kanye West is a prolific consumer of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, having been spotted in everything from Maybachs to SLR Stirling Moss Editions and all points in between.
While West is now famous for taking a blowtorch and an angle grinder to a Maybach in the video for his new single “Otis” (in collaboration with fellow aficionado Jay-Z), videos of West buying his first G550 SUV recently surfaced via hip-hop music video production house Creative Control.
The clip appears to date back to 2002 when West, having just rapped on Jay-Z’s landmark album “The Blueprint 2″, went out and purchased the G-Wagen to replace his ML430. The video is interlaced with samples from “Otis”, suggesting that the footage has been kicking around for some time. Kanye even bragged about his G500 being his “favorite toy” on a mixtape released in 2003 – but the clip is still a cool retrospective at Kanye just as he was on the cusp of fame. Furthermore, the salesman even suggests that Kanye check out “the next car we’re getting – the Maybach”.
And not the steakhouse either, where suburban G-Wagens are usually sighted. No, Mercedes-Benz is launching a rescue mission deep into the heart of Australia’s outback, where six of its off-roaders have been stranded.
Five standard G-Class models and one “military-spec” example are stuck somewhere along the Canning Stock Route, where they blew their shock absorbers while crossing some rough terrain. Fourteen people have been stranded and are now waiting for Mercedes-Benz to fly in replacement parts to a remote airfield near their base camp.
Luckily for the team, they have ample provisions and are in little immediate danger (as long as they watch over their babies for dingoes). But the 14-day crossing of the Outback still has 800 kilometers to go, across the aptly-named Great Sandy Desert.
“When we undertook this journey we were well aware of the punishment that the vehicles would endure,” said Horst von Sanden, a managing director of Mercedes-Benz Australia. “We put in place a group of very experienced Outback operators who have the expertise and logistical knowledge to cover off any eventuality. “I have complete faith in the team out on the Canning and the thorough logistics and preparation the team have put in place.”
The military G-Class is the only vehicle to not break, rather unsurprisingly: it is similar to ones used by the Australian Defence Force, and in civilian markets is known as the GProfessional. It will meet the rescue flight at the airport and deliver parts to the stranded team.
This is Benz’s attempt to complete the first crossing of the Outback by car, 1,900 kilometers total across the desert: if there ever was a car to have faith in for completing dangerous off-road expeditions, it is the mighty G-Class. Now that the even mightier Outback has claimed another victim, though, we’re not so sure.
[Source: The Land]
ASMA has developed a reputation for doing very special things to cars, mainly ruining them by going way over the top with their styling packages. From their Panamera project to their widebody CL and even the exotic SLR, ASMA has become notorious for accomplishing feats in design that many of us couldn’t even fathom. And always out to satisfy, their release of several color variants of their Mercedes-Benz G-Class almost leaves us speechless.
Almost. As odd as the G-Wagon’s styling is, ASMA has somehow found a way to make it even more absurd and out-of-this-world, especially when presented in outlandish colors such as hot pink. The complete body kit comes with the insane front bumper that would probably look better on a Cayenne, the multi-vented hood, widebody fender extensions, rear lip spoiler and roof spoiler.
The renders show off the available color choices that ASMA is willing to do for both the inside and the out. Truth be told, this is one of their more acceptable packages, but we’re just surprised people actually buy their product.
GALLERY: ASMA Mercedes-Benz G-Class
There was a time when the Mercedes-Benz G-Class was the backbone of Western protection against the creeping threat of the Reds, and had nothing to do with chain-wearing Eurosnobs or those who brag onstage about their bullet wounds. Then again, nobody in West Germany tried to shove a twin-turbocharged V12 into one in order to pan-fry the Volksarmee even faster.
Hey, isn’t this progress? The ADD-riddled engineers at AMG might be hard at work shoehorning the same 6.0-liter biturbo V12 from the S65 AMG into the G-Class: 612-horsepower and 737 lb-ft of torque might be enough for some people out there, but that’s just what Mercedes hopes to find.
Mercedes hasn’t made an official announcement on what would be dubbed the G65 AMG, presumably because of international weapons restrictions. But as for a name, “Thunderbrick,” “Checkpoint Charlie’s Revenge,” or “Thor’s Own Freakin’ Nuclear-Powered Birth Mother” could suffice.
Two new special editions of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class have been announced. The “Edition Select” is a $9,513 trim package for the long-wheelbase mode. It is recognizable by a two-tone paint scheme, a sporty AMG exhaust and black 18-inch alloy rims. The interior features two-tone Designo leather and piano black wood trim.
The second special edition is the BA3 Final Edition based on the short-wheelbase model and commemorates the end of its production. Its features include body-colour fender flares, an AMG grill along with 18-inch rims. Interior features include black leather seats, burr walnut trim and ambient lighting.
[Source: World Car Fans]
Brabus has already claimed the title of world’s fastest sedan with their Brabus Rocket; now they’re looking to claim the title of World’s Fastest Off-Roader, or perhaps simply, just the world’s most powerful SUV. Their 800 Widestar is based off of Mercedes-Benz‘s G55 AMG but this version sports a modified 6.3L bi-turbo V12 powerplant that pushes out 800-hp and 1,047 ft-lbs of torque. Though it is noted that the peak torque is electronically limited to 811 ft-lbs.
The complete package not only boasts the ridiculously powerful engine, but also outfits the G-Class with a full body kit, widebody wheel arches (4.7-inch wider) and Brabus’ signature wheels sized anywhere from 20- to 23-inch depending on your personal preference.
In addition, Brabus swapped out the stock brakes for much larger, vented rotors and equipped the G-Class with their adjustable sport suspension, offering a lower stance and enhancing handling capabilities. On the inside, the luxury is accented with a sport steering wheel, redesigned instrument cluster, stainless steel scuff plates and owners are able to personalize their leather upholstery and trim.
Official press release available after the break.
GALLERY: Brabus 800 Widestar
At first glance we assumed this would be another extravagant build by Mansory, this time targeting Mercedes‘ G-Class SUV. But much to our surprise, Mansory is simply announcing a new suspension option for the G-Class. Enhancing the ride comfort of Mercedes’ unique SUV, Mansory has developed an electronically controlled suspension package featuring two different shock absorber curves.
Once installed, Mansory’s suspension upgrade will allow the driver to adjust the shock absorbers from inside the vehicle depending on road conditions. The shocks feature extra large gas reservoirs, built to maintain constant pressure even at extremely high temperatures.
The Mansory suspension for the Mercedes G-Class is available for around $10,700.
GALLERY: Mansory Mercedes-Benz G-Class
Mercedes-Benz‘s G-Class pimpmobile SUV is being recalled for turn signal covers that were deemed a no-no by NHTSA.
According to the agency, “impact over time the signal’s ability to meet the minimum requirements of FMVSS 108.” For those of you not up on obscure governmental regulations, this means that the covers could obscure the signals, rendering them useless.
The 3,522 G-Class owners affected by this problem can bring their car to a Mercedes-Benz dealer, where the signals will be replaced with updated units.
Hit the jump to see the official press release
Auto parts maganate Frank Stronach, who founded Magna International Inc. is being given a $1 billion dollar golden parachute for him to exit the giant corporation he founded in 1957.
Stronach is something of a folk hero in Canada, where Magna is based. A penniless immigrant from Austria, Stronach founded the company and grew it from a small auto parts maker into a massive conglomerate that assembles vehicles like the BMW X3 and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. The deal must be approved in Canadian courts before it can go through.
[Source: Toronto Star]
After 31 years, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is a veteran of the auto world, serving in everything from armed conflicts, R&B videos and school-run duty. The G-Class is a great money maker for the 3-pointed star; the chassis and tooling was paid off long ago, and now the truck is a profit generator for the brand.
Better yet, the truck is still a popular vehicle with fickle, upscale consumers. To stay that way, minor, incremental changes are necessary to make sure that they feel like they’re driving an “old model”, embarrassing them sufficiently into buying the newer, slightly improved version.
Much like the Porsche 911, the G-Class is changed incrementally, and the all new 2011 version is no different. The biggest changes are compliance with Euro 5 emissions, and a new twin-turbo V8 for the G550. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but expect it to be perversely expensive for what is essentially a fancied-up military truck.
[Source: Top Speed]