But the Swiss tuner wasn’t content with building just one show-piece model of the Gronos program for the Mercedes G63 and G65 AMG models. So it built another one, and quite frankly, the model that’s being shown at the Frankfurt Auto Show is even more over-the-top than the one we saw in Geneva.
If you remember, the Gronos program back in Geneva sported a Magic Yellow paint finish, outlandish but not really too out-of-this-world. This one appears to come in naked carbon, with Mansory opting to show the newly designed bodywork in all of its ultra-light carbon glory. Notice also similar treatments done on the front spoiler, particularly the way the tuner positioned the LED daytime running lights and the front fairing that lays over it. Even the roof, the mirror housings and the decorative trims on the sides of the utility SUV exude the pure-carbon design without any coloring.
Moving inside, the modifications are a little more subdued, although still distinct enough to warrant attention. The dashboard, as well as the entire area of the center console, is completely redesigned, while various parts of the cabin are treated to a combination of pristine leather, fine wood and carbon-fiber details. With all these materials in play and subject to a customer’s whims and tastes, you can pretty much dress up your own G63 AMG anyway you want using only the finest materials available.
Like the first Gronos program that was showcased in Geneva, this one received a completely reworked 5.5-liter V-8 engine that’s been kitted with real racing components, a lot of which have been changed to go with a newly designed exhaust system. In the end, the G63 AMG Gronos now pushes out 840 horsepower and an electronically limited 738 pound-feet of torque. The 0-to-60 mph sprint is now estimated at just under four seconds, and top speed is now 175 mph.
For the entire program, vehicle included, Mansory is asking quite a pretty penny for the Gronos program to the tune of €1.1 million, which is about $1.4 million based on current exchange rates.
Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Mercedes G65 AMG Gronos program from Geneva
The newly designed bodywork from the G65 AMG Gronos was made from ultra-light carbon, including the front splitter, which features LED daytime running lights and the front fairing that lays over it. It’s also worth noting that the model we saw at Geneva sported multiple layers of Magic Yellow color point with touches of naked carbon fiber mixed into the design to showcase the contrast between the yellow’s splendor and naked carbon’s luxury appeal.
The G65 AMG Gronos also received its own performance enhancement to the tune of 840 horsepower adn 738 poun-feet of electronically limited torque.
While the god Cronos lead the twelve Titans, MANSORY has created the new master of eight and twelve cylinders in lavish carbon handiwork. The creation, based on the Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG and G 65 AMG model, consequently bears the name of GRONOS.
In contrast to the Greek mythological figure the GRONOS enters into a permanent reign, which cannot even be ended from Olympus. For this MANSORY has completely reworked the eight-cylinder bi-turbo engine of the AMG and installed genuine motor racing components. Engine pistons, connecting rods, rod bearings, crankshaft, crank, the cylinder head and many other parts now meet the high demands of Kourosh Mansory. Together with the newly designed exhaust system from the manifold right up to the double stainless steel tailpipes, which poke out before the rear wheels, resulting in superior performance characteristics. Instead of developing 544 hp (400 kW) the GRONOS reaches an impressive 840 hp (618 kW), while the maximum torque is raised to an electronically-limited 1000 Nm. An increase in performance for the 12 cylinder G 65 AMG is already in the experimental stage.
With this efficiency the MANSORY GRONOS already surpasses many motor racers but the parallels reach even further. Where the use of carbon fibre is necessary in the world of motor racing, this is a matter of course for MANSORY. In the in-house autoclaves in Brand, near Bayreuth in Bavaria, Germany, the company finishes the ultra-light material itself and thus ensuring the consistently first-class quality of material and workmanship.
The GRONOS bears completely newly designed bodywork made from ultra-light carbon, its stiffness handles all the demands of terrain, road and track. On the front spoiler with the LED daytime running lights and the front fairing that lays over it, the material with the characteristic grain on the styling fins in visible carbon fibre meets the light of day. Even the lining of the headlights displays material typical for MANSORY.
The main headlights are also the centrepiece of the new MANSORY Lightelements design, which give the GRONOS a completely self-contained look. In addition to the elegant design of the lights this also includes clever solutions like the hidden indicators. These no longer squat clumsily on the fenders, but are now embedded in the nine pinhead-sized recesses underneath the headlights.
As on the entire vehicle multiple layers of paint in Magic Yellow colour cover the bonnet, while still sometimes allowing a glimpse of the extravagant use of carbon fibre. The roof, the mirror housings and the decorative trims on the sides of the GRONOS can shine in their pure carbon design even without additional colour.
The new width, among others, is responsible for the self-assured appearance of GRONOS. Thanks to the wider wings and the side skirts the G model has grown by 20 mm in width. The wheel arches which have been stretched to the side are filled by forged wheels, which celebrate their world premier in the GRONOS. The rims with the ten twin spokes measure 23 inches, which are coated in ultra-high-performance 305/30/23 Vredestein Ultrac Vorti tyres. At the back the rear spoiler in a new design and of course the spare wheel cover made of carbon fibre round off the transformation of the GRONOS.
The continuation of these can be found in the interior. Both the dashboard as well as the entire area of the centre console has been completely re-designed. The in-house upholstery has, in collaboration with the design department, implemented a carbon design with coloured elements, which extends the concept of the exterior into the interior. The team has once again shown that at MANSORY only the best pristine leather of the highest grade, error-free fine woods, and of course, only perfectly produced carbon fibre will be worked with.
This is the only way to a complete transformation, which is worthy of the MANSORY GRONOS name.
MANSORY – the specialist for high end car-refinements and innovative engineering design offers the GRONOS for a price of 1.100,000 euros net.