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  • Mercedes-Benz G-Class
  • Year:
    2019
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  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    Seven-Speed Automatic (Est.)
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    416 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM:
    450 (Est.)
  • Energy:
    biturbo
  • Displacement:
    4.0 L (Est.)
  • 0-60 time:
    5.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Layout:
    Front Engine, AWD w/ Low Range
  • Price:
    125000 (Est.)
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“Sensual Purity” Redesign Means The G’s Spirit Is Still Baked In

For the first time since its introduction 40 years ago, Mercedes has given the G-Class a complete makeover. But unlike other “makeovers” that plaster a new body onto an existing chassis, Mercedes went in the opposite direction.

The all-new 2019 G-Class retains its iconic looks while receiving a new, longer frame; independent front suspension; and an interior befitting the Mercedes S-Class sedan. And yet despite its modernization, the G stays true to its off-road roots. It comes with a full-time 4WD system, three locking differentials, skid plates, and proper ground clearance. Among the updates is a new G-Mode that further improves the SUV’s go-anywhere capability with electronic aids.

But let’s be honest – 99 percent of G-Class owners will never trek over anything more challenging than wet grass or a snowy road. That’s why Mercedes injected high levels of luxury into the new model. The wheelbase is two inches longer and 4.7 inches wider for a more planted on-road feel and more interior room. The G will undoubtedly be a smash hit around the world, even with its starting price of €107,040 in Germany – roughly $130,900 U.S. dollars.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Mercedes-AMG G 63

Wallpaper of the Day: 2018 Mercedes-AMG G 63

Mercedes decided to give the new but old-looking G-Class the AMG treatment for 2018, effectively bringing the AMG G63 into the fold. The hand-built 4.0-liter takes on the “Hot-V” design and delivers a cool 577 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. A nine-speed auto handles shifting duties and routes power to the full-time 4WD system. Despite the fact that it is essentially the boxiest vehicle on sale today, it can manage to hit 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds and will top out at 149 mph, if you’re brave enough to pin the accelerator to the floor for that long. It’s not a cheap model, though, so I’m sure some of you fantasize about it on a daily. So, why not snag up one or two of these hand-picked wallpapers to spruce up your home or work desktop?

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Mercedes-AMG Debuts 2019 G63 With 577 horsepower!

Mercedes-AMG Debuts 2019 G63 With 577 horsepower!

Quicker and more refined yet just as rugged as ever

Mercedes has just unveiled the long-awaited 2019 AMG G63 – the go-fast version of its all-new 2019 G-Class, which is still hot off the auto show stage. Its official name is the Mercedes-AMG G63, and it’s better in every measurable way over the outgoing model. Not only does the G63 benefit from the G-Class’ new appearance, swanky interior, wider stance, and updated suspension system, it also boasts a slew of AMG parts that push this SUV into sports car territory.

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Think Your Ride Is Pretty Cool? Check Out This Ice-Cold Mercedes G-Wagen

Think Your Ride Is Pretty Cool? Check Out This Ice-Cold Mercedes G-Wagen

No need for the bottle chiller option in this driveable ice car

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class has quite the reputation. Combining classic off-roader capability under the skin, a tall, boxy, iconic exterior style, and more opulence than a Malibu mansion in the interior, the G-Wagen is often a top pick among celebrities and well-heeled buyers looking to make a statement. Merc just dropped details on the latest 2019 model year for the G-Class, prompting some buyers to eye the options list in anticipation of delivery later this year. However, one Russian man from Siberia decided to play it cool and put together his own G-Class using – you guessed it – ice.

The man’s name is Vladislac Barashenko, and he just so happens to own a custom car shop, an asset that undoubtedly went a long way to helping him put together this ice box. Under the chiseled skin is the drivetrain of a Soviet-era UAZ-469 military jeep, which helps to give it the appropriate off-roader vibe. Meanwhile, on the outside, the icy body is lit by a series of LED strips that give the machine a multi-colored iridescent glow. It’s also got built-in GPS, as if you drive too far south, it’ll melt.

Indeed, this thing brings a whole new meaning to the term “slippery looking.” Check out the video to see it in action.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

“Sensual Purity” Redesign Means The G’s Spirit Is Still Baked In

For the first time since its introduction 40 years ago, Mercedes has given the G-Class a complete makeover. But unlike other “makeovers” that plaster a new body onto an existing chassis, Mercedes went in the opposite direction.

The all-new 2019 G-Class retains its iconic looks while receiving a new, longer frame; independent front suspension; and an interior befitting the Mercedes S-Class sedan. And yet despite its modernization, the G stays true to its off-road roots. It comes with a full-time 4WD system, three locking differentials, skid plates, and proper ground clearance. Among the updates is a new G-Mode that further improves the SUV’s go-anywhere capability with electronic aids.

But let’s be honest – 99 percent of G-Class owners will never trek over anything more challenging than wet grass or a snowy road. That’s why Mercedes injected high levels of luxury into the new model. The wheelbase is two inches longer and 4.7 inches wider for a more planted on-road feel and more interior room. The G will undoubtedly be a smash hit around the world, even with its starting price of €107,040 in Germany – roughly $130,900 U.S. dollars.

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German Dealership Already Has a Sales Listing for the New Mercedes G-Class

German Dealership Already Has a Sales Listing for the New Mercedes G-Class

This is another example of flipping for a profit

Can’t wait to get your hands on an all-new Mercedes-Benz G-Class? If you live in Germany, there’s a way to get the all-purpose SUV, provided that you’re willing to pay a premium for it. German car dealership Hollauto is now selling a new G500 just days after the SUV was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. How exactly did the dealer get its hands on one so quickly? It didn’t because it’s actually selling a build slot for an already commissioned example.

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Nope, the New Mercedes G-Class Isn't Cool. It's Just Stupid

Nope, the New Mercedes G-Class Isn’t Cool. It’s Just Stupid

The 1970s called and they want you back

I’m old enough to remember when the Mercedes G-Class was originally introduced back in 1979. It was heavily based on its military counterpart, it was heavy and underpowered, and it was far from luxurious. But it became an instant hit, and I loved it. And it remained one of my favorite SUVs for decades. The boxy hauler was significantly revised in 1990, and it remained largely unchanged since then, despite technology and drivetrain upgrades. Almost three decades later and Mercedes launched the third-generation G-Class. And the Germans almost ruined it.

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Mercedes Displays 1983 Dakar Rally-Winning 280 GE at 2018 Detroit Auto Show

Mercedes Displays 1983 Dakar Rally-Winning 280 GE at 2018 Detroit Auto Show

A taste of the G-Wagen’s long and winning heritage

The Mercedes-Benz booth at the 2018 North American International Auto Show proved to be a busy place thanks to the all-new 2019 G-Class. Part of the fun was historic G-Class vehicles from Mercedes’ storied past. One of them was this, the 1983 Mercedes 280 GE built to run the Paris–Dakar Rally. Its driver was Jacky Ickx and co-driver Claude Brasseur. The duo battled the 6,200 miles over grueling, off-road terrain between Paris, France and Dakar, Senegal – a town on the westernmost tip of Africa.

The G-Wagen was mostly stock but came with a few extras to help win the rally. Meatier all-terrain tires, an off-road bumper, and extra lights were added, while the rear glass was painted over with sponsor logos. A large spoiler hangs off the G-Wagen’s rear, perhaps helping control dust.

The win proved extremely important for Mercedes. The G-Wagen was only four years old in 1983 and the Dakar Rally was only five. Both Mercedes and the rally have become legendary over the decades and into modern times. The 1983 race was also the first and only time an automaker to win the Dakar overall with two vehicle classes. Mercedes other contender was a 1936 AK-series medium-duty truck.

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Mercedes Displays Muddy “Pole2Pole” G-Class At Detroit

Mercedes Displays Muddy “Pole2Pole” G-Class At Detroit

It’s Explorer Mike Horn’s Pole2Pole expedition vehicle

Mercedes-Benz had a big showing at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this year surrounding its all-new 2019 G-Class SUV. This tried and true vehicle has a long history of extreme service, both in military and civilian service. One of the most recent events was accomplished by the famous explorer, Mike Horn, whose 2016 Pole2Pole expedition took him around the globe via the north and south poles. The journey traced a route from Europe to Africa, the Antarctic, Oceania, Asia, the Arctic, North America, and back to Europe.

Horn, a Mercedes-Benz Ambassador, used the outgoing G-Wagen to complete the on-land portion of his epic trip. The rest was done on his boat, the Pangaea, on snow skis, and by foot.

The G-Wagen, a G500, needed only minimal changes to endure the trip. It rolls on BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM tires on stock Mercedes wheels. A matching full-size spare tire replaces the stock wheel on the tailgate. A roof basket with a ladder added storage and a spot for mounting the two off-road lights. Beyond that, the G500 is bone stock, including the 4.0-liter biturbo V-8 and its 415 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. Of course, the G500’s stock locking differentials certainly helped. The G-Wagen has three lockers, in fact, one up front, one in back, and in the center transfer case.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Blitzkriegs Detroit!

2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Blitzkriegs Detroit!

An official look at the first new G-Class in four decades

Mercedes-Benz has finally debuted the all-new G-Class SUV at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. While Mercedes had already released the official information on the G-Class just prior to the show, this is our first time getting a hands-on look at the new icon.

The new G-Class is longer, wider, and of course, more luxurious than the outgoing model. The interior borrows some of the design and high-tech features from the E-Class and S-Class sedans, meaning the G will finally be worth its €107,040.50 ($131,470) asking price. Outside, the G-Class wears a familiar aesthetic that keeps the vehicle grounded in its heritage. It’s like the Jeep Wrangler – the designers couldn’t change it beyond recognition.

The G-Class also retains is amazing off-road capability. In fact, Mercedes even increased the G’s performance. A new “G-Mode” is like a silver bullet button that puts the SUV’s systems into the right settings for tackling treacherous terrain. The front, center, and rear locking differentials, combined with different settings for the traction control, throttle response, and ABS are all included.

Initially, power comes from a 4.0-liter V-8 making 422 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque from 2,000 to 4,750 rpm. More engines are expected in the future. A nine-speed automatic comes standard. Mercedes says the 2019 G-Class will achieve 21.2 mpg combined. And as mentioned, the price starts around $131,470 here in the U.S. and will go on sale starting in June in Europe with North America to follow.

For more on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class, check out our coverage below.

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We Already Know What it Looks Like, But Mercedes is Teasing the Next-Gen G-Class SUV Anyway

We Already Know What it Looks Like, But Mercedes is Teasing the Next-Gen G-Class SUV Anyway

You don’t mess with a design that’s as iconic as the one the G-Class has

Give Mercedes-Benz credit for this: no amount of leaked images will spoil it by teasing the upcoming Mercedes G-Class. We’ve already seen the all-weather SUV running roughshod in a snowy landscape. Now, it’s taking its marauding madness to the sand dunes with a new teaser photo that shows next-to-nothing except for a peek at the front section of the SUV.

The lack of identifiable body bits doesn’t really matter anymore because the aforementioned leaked photos gave the jig up. We know that the new G-Class will keep its iconic look. With the exception of a few bits and pieces, the new G-Class will remain identifiable to anybody who sees it. That’s not to say that the SUV will be completely the same. Looks aside, this is a new model that’s packing plenty of new tech features and the latest in state-of-the-art technology. The interior, in particular, boasts a reconfigured layout and a new digital instrument cluster, among other niceties.

We’ll leave the technical details for Mercedes to reveal, but the new G-Class is shaping up to be another German masterclass in robust off-roading. The SUV is scheduled to make its debut at the North American Auto Show in Detroit next week. Before that, a third and final teaser will be unveiled on January 14. It doesn’t matter now since we already know what the G-Class looks like, but in keeping with the theme of the first two teaser photos, we’re guessing that this one takes place in a jungle. Perhaps even outer space? No, that’d be too much.

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Happy Thursday: Next-Gen Mercedes G-Class Leaks with No Camo

Happy Thursday: Next-Gen Mercedes G-Class Leaks with No Camo

Meet das Geländewagen!

Less than 24 hours ago, Mercedes-Benz released photos of the all-new, 2019 G-Class roaming through off-road scenery, but covered in the typical black and white test mule camouflaged. We felt privileged to see the new SUV in such detail. Well, that privilege has been blown away as leaked photos of an uncamouflaged G-Wagen have surfaced for the first time!

It is clear Mercedes wanted to keep the G-Class’ iconic appearance intact. The boxy SUV’s design has been evolved rather than revolutionized, despite this being the first generational change since 1979.

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Mercedes-Benz Previews New G-Class With Off-Road Specs

Mercedes-Benz Previews New G-Class With Off-Road Specs

Hitting the ’ole dusty trail in style

Although a full reveal isn’t expected to drop until later this month at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, Mercedes-Benz is previewing the upcoming 2019 G-Class with a rundown on its off-road specs. The German automaker is also offering up a few shots of the camo’d luxury box bashing around in the rough stuff as visual proof of its prowess.

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Mercedes Teases New G-Wagen Ahead of January 15 Debut

Mercedes Teases New G-Wagen Ahead of January 15 Debut

It feels like an ode to Jurassic Park

Mercedes-Benz is on the cusp of debuting its all-new 2019 G-Wagen. In fact, the reveal party is set for January 15, 2018, at the Detroit Auto Show. Ahead of Detroit, though, Mercedes has released a teaser commercial for the next-gen G-Class, and boy, it seems to reference Jurassic Park pretty hard.

Remember the scene from the original movie from 1993 where dinosaurs were brought back to life using DNA extracted from a mosquito that had survived centuries encased in amber? Well, it seems Mercedes is doing the same with the new G-Wagen – bringing it back to life by using DNA from the 1979 G-Wagen. The teaser commercial shows the 1979 model, which was the first year of the long-running previous generation, encased in a block of amber like it’s been preserved for centuries. In truth, it’s been Mercedes that has kept the G-Wagen so well preserved, having given it minimal updates through the decades.

Of course, that’s changing for the 2019 model year. The new G-Class is wider, longer, and more luxurious, while still capable off the beaten path. Mercedes has already shown the G-Wagen’s swanky new interior. It includes inspiration from the S-Class sedan and offers 5.9 inches of additional legroom for rear passengers. Modern safety and connectivity features will be present, too, along with new drivetrain options.

TopSpeed will have the full details on January 15, but until then, have a look at this fun, 53-second video. And don’t be surprised is Mercedes continues its association with the Jurassic Park movie fancies in any future films. It’s easy to imagine Chris Pratt outrunning a T-Rex in a modified G-Wagen.

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Mercedes-Benz Unveils 2019 G-Class Interior

Mercedes-Benz Unveils 2019 G-Class Interior

Conquering nature in style

The G-Class has been around since 1979, and is best known as the go-to option for those craving off-roading action mated with the opulence of a luxury hotel room. Now, it’s looking like the G-Class will retain its reputation for top-shelf comfort with the upcoming 2019 model, as Mercedes just dropped details on the interior spec alongside several official images.

The design and layout look fresh with rounded air vents and an enormous digital readout spread across the dash. There are also more classic cues, like the grab handle for the front passenger. Chrome trim is used for the various switchgear, while open-pore wood trim adds a rich touch. There’s also carbon fiber trim, if you want it. As expected, animal hide is used extensively. Upholstery colors include Lugano leather with finishes in Black, Nut Brown, or Macchiato Beige. Further color options are offered with various equipment packages, which also open up the option for tasty diamond-pattern quilting.

Touch-sensitive buttons can be found on the steering wheel to control the various infotainment features through smartphone-esque motions, and include haptic feedback as well. The mammoth screen on the dash comes from the Mercedes E-Class and S-Class, and includes a duo of 12.3-inch displays placed side-by-side. These are configurable with a variety of display modes to suit your fancy. Standard spec is a seven-speaker audio system, while the optional Burmester surround sound system throws in 16 speakers, a 590-watt amp, and Digital Sound Processing.

New for 2019 is a considerable expansion to interior room dimensions. In front, there’s an extra 1.5 inches of legroom and shoulder room, and an extra 2.7 inches of elbow room, while in back, there’s an extra 1.1 inches of shoulder room, 2.2 inches of extra elbow room, and a whopping 5.9 inches of extra legroom. There are new storage areas as well, added to the armrest, center console, and doors. A 60/40 split for the rear bench adds practicality.

Outside, expect the same blocky styling, plus off-roader cues like an exposed spare wheel and protective molding. Look for complete details when the new G-Class drops next month at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. Sales will commence late 2018.

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Toyo Tires and Ac Milan Release their Fourth Collaboration Video, and It's Amazing

Toyo Tires and Ac Milan Release their Fourth Collaboration Video, and It’s Amazing

Reality meets animation; drifting meets football (soccer)

If you haven’t seen the first three videos put together in collaboration between Ac Milan and Toyo Tires, you’ve seriously missed out. We’ve added those down below so you can catch up, but before you do we need to tell you about the fourth collaboration titled: “Ac Milan in Japanimation.” It’s a completely different animal compared to the previous videos, this time staring four key players from not only AC Milan but Gamba Osaka as well. It was filmed in Japan and Italy, but that’s not the best part. The best part is that Toyo commissioned none other than Yoichi Takahashi, the creator of the very popular and long-running manga series, Captain Tsubasa.

As such, this video is a unique mix of reality and animation in the best way, with AC Milan players, Riccardo Montolivo, Hakan Çalhanoğlu, André Silva, Ricardo Rodríguez taking on Gamba Osaka players, Yasuhito Endo, Yasuyuki Konno, Shu Kurata, Hiroki Fujiharu. What starts out as a scene with Montolivo reading a manga, quickly turns into a showdown not only between the two teams but a Mercedes G63 (represented by AC Milan) and a Mercedes SL400 that’s represented by Gamba Osaka. While the players in natural and animation form battle it back and forth with a ball, the two Mercedes’, which are riding upon Toyo Proxes tires, take to the street in an awesome, mostly animated drift battle.

If you’re in for a bit of entertainment, check out the video below. You’ll be sure you did. If you haven’t see the videos that came before, we’ve added those down below too.

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Dashboard of Next-Gen Mercedes G-Class Spied

Dashboard of Next-Gen Mercedes G-Class Spied

Our first unobstructed view of the new G’s digs

Interior images of Mercedes-Benz’s upcoming 2019 G-Class have just leaked online thanks to Dutch Autoweek. The photos show a mockup of the dashboard, complete with its massive infotainment screen, swanky air vents, and modern design. Of course, the dash isn’t the only new part of the 2019 G-Class – rather, the entire body-on-frame SUV will be brand new. That’s something that hasn’t happened in several decades.

The more upscale dash matches what we know the new G-Wagen. It will be wider, longer, and have better on-road refinement thanks to an independent front suspension system and adaptive dampers. Basically, Mercedes is taking its high-class Jeep Wrangler and making it much more refined. The G-Wagen will still be insanely capable off-road, though, thanks to a full-time 4WD system and locking differentials front, center, and rear. Those diff lock controls are positioned prominently between the center air vents, suggesting the G-Wagen will still be marketed as a go-anywhere SUV.

Other visible details include controls styled after the S-Class sedan, a bank of toggle switches, and an analog clock. The gauge cluster is also analog, but we’re betting the S-Class’ full digital cockpit will be available. We can’t wait to see the rest of the interior, and thankfully, that likely won’t be long. Rumors suggest Mercedes will debut the 2019 G-Class at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show in January. For more spy shots and speculation, read out speculative review of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class here.

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Mercedes AMG G65 to bring down the curtains with Final Edition model

Mercedes AMG G65 to bring down the curtains with Final Edition model

Mercedes-AMG has decided to pull the plug on its iconic G series SUV’s with the Final Edition model before it stops the production. The company will manufacture 65 units which will be sold worldwide.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG G 65 Final Edition

2017 Mercedes-AMG G 65 Final Edition

An absurdly expensive limited-run sendoff for the high-powered luxury off-roader

With almost 40 years of history now in the books, it’s time for the Merc G-Wagen to get a substantial update. But before that happens (the new-gen is expected to show at the Detroit Motor Show next year), the German automaker is releasing a new, glossier, limited production run dubbed the G 65 Final Edition. Bearing the same AMG-branded bones as the standard G 65, the Final Edition adds a host of aesthetic enhancements to help it stand out from the crowd. Outside, you’ll find large wheels, specialized trim pieces, and black and bronze coloring, while the interior comes decked out in nappa leather, carbon fiber, and unique badging, all set in the traditional top-shelf G-Wagen luxury.

Merc says over a third of its G-Class vehicle sales are the AMG variants, so it makes total sense to release this spruced-up special edition before we wave goodbye. With only 65 units slated for production, Mercedes is banking on exclusivity to move this thing, because they certainly won’t come cheap. Pricing starts at a whopping 310,233 Euros, which is around $368,000 at current exchange rates (10/19/2017). And in case you’re keeping track, that’s about $150,000 more than the standard AMG G 65. Seriously. So what the hell makes it worth all that extra outlay? Read on for the details.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG G63 RS 850 by Posaidon

2017 Mercedes-AMG G63 RS 850 by Posaidon

There’s nothing fancy about this program, but it sure as heck is effective

The Mercedes-AMG G 63 may look like a car that has little care for the world of aftermarket tuning, but that couldn’t be further away from the truth. The hulking SUV has actually been a favorite subject among aftermarket tuners, and we see that on full display with this new tuning program from Poseidon.

The program is called the G 63 RS 850, and you don’t need to be a mathematician to know that the “850” in the program’s name refers to the kind of power the AMG G 63 now has at its disposal. The extra grunt is complemented by a series of exterior and interior upgrades, all of which combine to create a tuning kit that establishes a more flamboyant personality out of Mercedes-AMG’s resident mastodon. The RS 850 kit may not be the first program for the AMG G 63 to dip into this kind of tuning upgrade, but rest assured, this upgrade brings a lot more to the table than what we’ve seen in the past. Consider this program, then, a top-of-the-line choice for owners of the AMG G 63. Whatever you may want to do to your premium, off-roading ride, there’s a good chance that Poseidon has the upgrade that’ll leave a smile on your face.

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Columbus Day Special – 5 SUVs And Trucks To Help You Destroy A Civilization

Columbus Day Special – 5 SUVs And Trucks To Help You Destroy A Civilization

Ruin, devastation, and plenty of cup holders

Welp, it’s Columbus Day, and while your grade school textbook probably filled you in on the basics (he sailed across the Atlantic ocean blue in 1492 to “discover” the “New World,” etc.), there were also a few, uhm, less-than-pleasant outcomes to his journeys around the Americas – namely slavery, genocide, widespread disease, and generally tyrannical behavior. So then, in recognition of this, we’ve compiled a list of SUVs and trucks that a modern Columbus might use in exploration and/or the destruction of a civilization.

The criteria are pretty straightforward – it’s gotta be capable, with the sort of off-roader chops that won’t leave the would-be conqueror stranded in a tough spot. It’s also gotta be practical, with enough space in back to haul away all those shiny stolen riches. Ideally, it would also be absurdly destructive to the surrounding environment, just so everyone else knows the score. So yeah, we’re getting a little morbid with this one, but hey, it’s Columbus – what did you expect?

Continue reading for our list of 5 SUVs And Trucks To Help You Destroy A Civilization.

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Brabus Once Again Proves It's The King Of Mercedes-AMG Tuning

Brabus Once Again Proves It’s The King Of Mercedes-AMG Tuning

Three programs for three Mercedes-AMG models showed up at the Frankfurt Motor Show

Unless we’re in for a surprise in the next coming days, it looks like the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show will only have one major aftermarket tuning company in attendance. It’s a little bit of a surprise, but then again, the tuner that did show up is Brabus, and we all know its place in the tuning hierarchy. Suffice to say, it’s the go-to tuner for Mercedes-Benz models. This week Brabus showed solidified this with not one, not two, but three different programs for three different Mercedes-AMG models, all of which, mind you, received insane levels of power and performance, among other things.

These are the kinds of things that we can expect from Brabus. As a matter of fact, these are the kinds of things that we’ve already expected out of the tuner. I’ve already detailed my thoughts about the Rocket 900 program for the AMG S 65 Cabrio and the 700 kit for the AMG E 63 S last week. But guess what; Brabus wasn’t done. Rather, it followed those two major reveals with another program, the 900PS, for the AMG G 65 V12. All that and the tuner even had the time to build and develop a concept for smart called the Ultimate E Concept and had one of its sub-brands – Startech – come up with an aero kit for the Land Rover Discovery. Those two aside, the three Mercedes-AMG tuning kits are prime examples of why everyone regards Brabus as one of the best tuners in the game today. It may be far from being the only one, but rest assured, if there’s somebody out there with a Mercedes or a Mercedes-AMG in his garage that’s dying to get some aftermarket tuning love, Brabus should be one of the first, if not the first, tuners he should call.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG G 65 Brabus 900PS

2017 Mercedes-AMG G 65 Brabus 900PS

Feast your eyes on the most powerful 12-cylinder off-road vehicle in the world

On one hand, a go-anywhere, do-everything car like the Mercedes-AMG G65 is already fine on its own. There’s not a lot this hulking machine can’t do. It’s fast, powerful, luxurious, and has all the utility chops to literally go places others can only dream about going. On the other hand, there is something appealing about having a car like the AMG G65 and still have options to do something with it. Maybe slap on an aerodynamic kit? Perhaps an engine tune? The possibilities are all there, and these possibilities are being brought to life – yet again – by Brabus.

I don’t suppose it deserves another mention as being one of the best Mercedes-AMG tuners in the business, and yet, here we are again. Brabus’ new program for the Mercedes-AMG G65 V12 touched down at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show and as you might expect, it’s dripping in modifications. It features a wide-body aerodynamic body kit, a fancy-schmancy interior dress-up, a new set of wheels, and a massive engine upgrade that, at least according to Brabus, makes this vehicle “the world’s most powerful twelve-cylinder off-road vehicle.” At some point, all of Brabus’ claims become irrelevant because we already start to expect greatness out of its programs without the tuner telling us all about it. That’s what it feels like looking at the AMG G65 Brabus 900PS. The tuner may as well be right in saying that no other 12-cylinder off-roader is as powerful as this beast, but we expected that already to begin with. That’s clout that only years of excellence can justify.

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2017 Mercedes-AMG G 63 and Mercedes-AMG G 65 Exclusive Editions

2017 Mercedes-AMG G 63 and Mercedes-AMG G 65 Exclusive Editions

Two special edition models for two AMG models that have served their purpose in life

The next-generation Mercedes G-Class is on its way for 2018. It’s been a long time coming for the company’s resident off-roader, but after years of updates upon updates, the time has finally come for an all-new G-Class to break cover. But before that happens, the German automaker is going to milk the current G-Class for all of its worth. That includes heading to the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show with “Exclusive Editions” for both the Mercedes-AMG G 63 and the Mercedes-AMG G 65.

Now I know that these special editions can wear thin on people, especially if they’re done too often or for the wrong reasons. But I don’t think that’s the case here. I think that of all Mercedes-AMG models in the performance brand’s lineup today, these two titans deserve to have a fitting send-off before the next-gen models arrive in 2018. That’s a big reason why I’m actually looking forward to the AMG G 63 Exclusive Edition and the AMG G 65 Exclusive Editions. And for what they’re worth, both literally and figuratively, so should you. The G-Class, after all, has been a stalwart of Mercedes’ lineup for almost 40 years and while it has received countless updates in the past, it’s rarely been given a next-generation treatment. Now that it’s on the precipice of getting one – arguably just the third time in its history – these Exclusive Editions of the AMG G 63 and G 65 are proper ways of giving the current G-Class the tributes it deserves.

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2018 Mercedes-AMG G63

2018 Mercedes-AMG G63

The quickest G-Class to Date

Mercedes-AMG wasted no time releasing a hot-rod version of the all-new 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV. The G-Class still retains its iconic, boxy design and ladder frame chassis, but is completely modernized in every other measure. From the twin-turbo V-8 and new suspension system to the high-tech, leather-lined interior, the new Mercedes-AMG G63 is the new high-water mark for the automaker.

Mercedes is set to officially debut the G63 at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show on March 6, after which the production version will arrive in showrooms toward the end of 2018. Naturally, the price is steep – likely costing more than the 2018 G63’s $142,800 here in the U.S.

We should know more as Mercedes-AMG debut the 2019 G63 at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, so stay tuned to TopSpeed.com.

Update: 02/13/2018: Mercedes-AMG has released photos and preliminary information about the all-new, 2019 G63 SUB ahead of its official debut at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show on March 6.

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Mercedes-Benz Launches G-Class Designo Manufaktur Edition And Exclusive Edition

Mercedes-Benz Launches G-Class Designo Manufaktur Edition And Exclusive Edition

As if the G-Wagen wasn’t pretentious enough

It’s no secret the Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen, or G-Class, is an aging beast. First debuting in 1979, this body-on-frame SUV hasn’t changed much in 30 years. However, Mercedes is constantly adding special edition models and potient powertrains to the G-Wagen, keeping it fresh – at least on the surface. The latest examples of Mercedes’ lipstick-on-a-pig just debuted: the designo manufaktur Edition and the Exclusive Edition. Both models add extra flash to the G-Wagen’s body and interior, while leaving the greasy bits alone.

The two special editions are paired with certain models of the G-Class. The designo manufaktur Edition can be had with their the G350 d or the G500. The Exclusive Edition lives up to its name and is only offers on the AMG-branded G63 and G65. Aside from the fashionable add-ons, the G-Wagen is getting the automaker’s “Mercedes me connect” communication services. The free service includes integrated onboard communications for automatic emergency calls (eCall), accident recovery, breakdown management, and a full-time customer service department.

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2017 Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet

2017 Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet

When you chauffer needs a more capable vehicle

Leave it to Mercedes-Maybach to come up with something like this. Ostentatious doesn’t even begin to describe the marriage of excess off-road capability with luxury. Meet the Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet. Think of it as a G-Wagon mixed with a Maybach S-Class. In fact, that’s an extremely accurate description, seeing as the rear seats on this convertible beast are lifted from the Maybach S600. Oh, and its 6.0-liter V-12 is present, too.

Yes, extreme excess is the theme of this monster. It’s basically built to accommodate four occupants – two in great comfort, and two in spectacular comfort. You can guess which seats provide what. The G 650 Landaulet rides on a stretched wheelbase of the “standard” G500 4x4², with an extra 22.75 inches between the wheels. The extra length, combined with the rear captain’s chairs placed nearly over the rear axle, creates a huge amount of legroom. It’s enough space to fully recline the calf leather-covered seats.

Of course, the G 650 Landaulet doesn’t lose any off-road capability from the G500 4x4². It comes with the same portal axles, underbody skid plating, three locking differentials, 4WD High and Low ranges, and enough ground clearance to put a mil-spec Humvee to shame.

The G 650 Landaulet is motivated by the 630 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque pumped out by the 6.0-liter biturbo V-12 and managed by Mercedes’ seven-speed automatic transmission. Surprisingly, the G 650 Landaulet manages double-digit fuel economy, with Mercedes estimating 13.8 mpg combined. Then again, anyone willing to write a six-figure check for the G 650 Landaulet isn’t worried about fuel economy.

Updated 03/13/0217: We added a series of new images taken during the car’s official debut in Geneva. Check the "Pictures" tab to see how great this car looks in white.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Goes Terminator on Climate Change; Gets Custom, All-Electric Mercedes G-Class

Arnold Schwarzenegger Goes Terminator on Climate Change; Gets Custom, All-Electric Mercedes G-Class

It’s the only electric G-Class of its kind

If you look back in the archives, you’ll find a story we brought you back in September of 2016 about a small startup known as Kreisel Electric that was in the business of developing advanced lithium-ion batteries have completely preserved cells, and thus a higher capacity which ultimately leads to increased range. The company has built a number of custom-made electric conversions with one of the most notable being the Porsche Panamera. But, the company has been very busy since we last mentioned it, and has put together a custom all-electric Mercedes G-Class for none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger himself! That’s right; the man that once owned a fleet of Hummers has decided to fully embrace his new stance on protecting his environment by adding the big, off road, and all electric one-off to his own personal collection.

The vehicle was first unveiled my Kreisel Electric and Arnold at the Hahnenkamm race in Kitzebuehel in January where Arnold not only learned about his new G-Class and took delivery but also took it out for a quick drive in the snow. During the official announcement, Schwarzenegger said, “To me, with the electric version of this fantastic car, a dream has become true. The initial test drive was a real pleasure: The Kreisel is incredibly sporty and perfectly benefits from the advantages e-mobility has to offer. I really look forward to the following test runs and to the gradual further development in California.”

As you can make out from his quote above, he’ll be conducting further testing and providing feedback to Kreisel Electric for some time to come. What’s really more important, though, is what makes this electric conversion so special. See, using an existing chassis and body that wasn’t designed for an all-electric powertrain is a real challenge, but Kreisel Electric’s technology makes it quite a bit easier. By removing the engine and gas tank, the company is able to place the required battery packs and electric motors while preserving the same general weight distribution. In this specific case, that conversion results in a G-Class SUV with 483 all-electric horsepower and a top speed of 133 mph. It is said to achieve 62 mph in as fast as 5.6 seconds, three seconds faster than the standard model, and has a range of about 190 miles.

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2016 Mercedes G-Class G-Cross by Hofele Design

2016 Mercedes G-Class G-Cross by Hofele Design

German tuner takes stab at giving the retro-looking Merc SUV a modern design twist

The Mercedes G-Class’ appeal is undeniable, even if it caters to a specific clientele. Let’s face it; it’s the only Mercedes model that flies against the company’s existing design language with a utilitarian look that hits off well with the same people who enjoy models like the Jeep Wrangler and the Land Rover Defender. But the G-Class’ appeal also extends to the tuning world where a handful of aftermarket companies have developed kits specifically for the off-road conquering SUV. Most of these kits revolve around the AMG G63, but every so often, a tuner comes by with a kit specifically for “lesser” variants of the G-Class. Here then is Hofele Design, one of the most renowned German tuners in the business, and it’s presenting the “G-Cross,” a tuning program for the G-Class with an extra engine tune specifically for the G350 Diesel variant.

Hofele Design has also taken pride in being different so it’s no surprise that the G-Cross program follows that template. Remember when it developed an Audi R8-inspired kit for the convertible variant of the Audi A5 back in 2009? The G-Cross kit isn’t audacious as that program, but it does come with upgrades that alters the G-Class’ overall look, which in itself is a challenge considering that Mercedes has resisted on making sweeping aesthetic changes of its own.

The program itself is admittedly not for everyone, but for those who want their G-Class SUVs to get a different look, this kit is certainly worth a look or two. At the very least, you can take comfort knowing that the G-Cross tuning program is from a German tuner that has been in the business for more than 30 years. You don’t get to have that kind of longevity in a business as cutthroat as the aftermarket auto tuning scene without knowing what you’re doing.

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Video Captures Next-Gen Mercedes G-Wagen Testing

Video Captures Next-Gen Mercedes G-Wagen Testing

Two test mules caught towing trailers

Mercedes-Benz is readying the next-generation Geländewagen, otherwise known as the G-Class or G-Wagen. A pair of camouflage-covered test mules were spotted roaming streets somewhere in Europe by YouTube user “Carlcox84 Automotive” during a break in an apparent towing evaluation. Both SUVs were hitched to aluminum testing trailers.

The short video shows the to G-Wagens stilling idle as Mercedes workers have a conversation. The low-key even probably wouldn’t have even been noticed had the vehicles not been wearing the swirly camo. That’s because the G-Wagen still carries the same basic look as it did in 1979. That’s when Mercedes began production of the vehicle as a competitor to the Land Rover Range Rover, Land Rover Defender, and other utility based off-road vehicles.

Despite the same classic shape holding true, the next-generation G-Class will have plenty of improvements, both inside and out. From the video and pas spy shots we’ve seen, this new model looks wider and a tad big longer. The larger size should afford more interior room and a more stable on-road driving experience. And since most G-Class owners don’t traverse through uncharted lands or through narrow hedgerows, the extra girth shouldn’t matter.

It will be interesting to see what changes Mercedes has in store for the G-Class. We expect to see a mild cosmetic update, but would imagine the G to keep the same iconic looks. It interior, however, should see huge improvements over the current generation. It is possible Mercedes will include an instrument panel designed after the E-Class sedan. Leather coverings, wood and carbon fiber accents, and finely machined metallic switchgear isn’t out of the question.

We expect Mercedes to drop the official details at an upcoming auto show before the G-Wagen hits showrooms for the 2018 model year. Perhaps it will break cover at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG G63 By G-Power

2016 Mercedes-AMG G63 By G-Power

German tuner gives Merc’s rugged marauder a boost in power

It’s safe to say that the Mercedes-AMG G63, for all of its rough-riding prowess, is a car that isn’t for everyone. But don’t tell that to G-Power, which took the time to prepare a tuning program for the Silver Arrows’ resident off-road menace. The kit is what you’d expect out of the German tuner. It doesn’t go overboard in messing with the G63’s unmistakable appearance, opting instead to take the subtle route by fitting a fresh set of new and admittedly awesome-looking wheels and modifying its 5.5-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 engine to an improved output of 645 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque.

The whole program isn’t visually jarring, but it is effective in adding an extra layer of menace to the G63. The all-black wheels work well with the SUV’s yellow body paint and the chrome grille, and side bars serve as a nice visual complement. The power upgrades aren’t much compared to what other tuners have achieved, but it should be enough to get the desired off-road results for a vehicle that has trampled its fair share of twigs and branches in the last 37 years.

Oh, and as an aside, If Bumblebee ever decided to ditch the Chevrolet Camaro as his choice car, wouldn’t he look really good in a G-Power-tuned Mercedes-AMG G63? At the very least, it should make for an interesting robot transformation.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4²

2016 Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4²

It’s the G63 AMG 6x6 without the extra axle

We’ve know Mercedes-Benz has been testing a two-axle version of its massive G63 AMG 6x6 since last November when the high-riding SUV was spotted covered in lime green camo. Now the first official image has landed on the internet and is promising good things for the upcoming 2015 Geneva Motor Show.

Mercedes has also released the beast’s official name as well – the G500 4x4². Yep, the four-by-four-squared. While math nerds everywhere will cry, “The G500 doesn’t have 64 wheels,” the name is admittedly unique and should help draw attention to this already eye-catching monster.

So what’s the G500 4x4² all about? Well basically it shares the same underpinnings as the triple-axled G63 AMG 6x6, including the massive wheel and tire combination, the portal axles, and the larger fender flares. Unfortunately, the G500 4x4² doesn’t share the same 5.5-liter biturbo V-8 front the G63 AMG 6x6, but rather resorts to an all-new engine: a 4.0-liter biturbo V-8 that’s good for 416 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. Thankfully for our European friends, that engine meets the Euro 6 emissions standard slated to take hold in 2016.

Regardless, the 4x4² should still be a beastly machine that looks right at home in Dubai or on the streets of Rodeo Drive.

Update 06/10/2016: Mercedes-Benz has officially announced the G550 4x4² will arrive in the United States for the 2017 model year. It also comes with a name change. Gone is the G500 nomenclature, replaced by the G550 name. The drivetrain specs remain unchanged. The lifted G-Wagen should arrive at dealerships in early 2017. Pricing has yet to be announced.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz G350d Professional

2017 Mercedes-Benz G350d Professional

The most rugged G-Wagen gets a heavy update for 2017

Mercedes has announced its updated version of the G-Wagen Professional – the rugged, utilitarian version of the G-Class without the leather and Alcantara-lined interior or high-horsepower AMG engines. Debuting as a 2017 model, the G350d Professional replaces the G300 CDI and comes with an updated interior, engine, transmission, and exterior pieces that bring the G-Wagen Professional into modern times without losing its no-nonsense attitude.

The G-Wagen’s modern image of posh luxury with a high-horsepower engine is a far cry from the rugged off-roader Mercedes designed it as in the late 1970s. Yet the AMG models with their twin-turbochargers and low-profile summer tires aren’t the only G-Wagens still available today.

The 2017 G350d Professional is Mercedes’ direct competitor with the recently axed Land Rover Defender – the go-anywhere Brit with little in the way of creature comforts. Mercedes says the G350d Professional is the “highly purist variant suited to grueling off-road use and professional applications.”

The Professional model keeps the G-Wagen tied to its cross-country heritage. The original G-Class debuted in 1979 and has been used by military and humanitarian organizations for countless applications where a stout 4WD was essential.

So let’s dive in and see what the 2017 G350d Professional is all about.

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/Drive Goes Upskirt on Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4²: Video

/Drive Goes Upskirt on Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4²: Video

ICON 4x4 CEO gives thoughts on the green machine

There’s no denying the impressive nature of the Mercedes-Benz 4x4². From its portal axles and tall ground clearance to its twin-turbocharged V-8 and screaming paint colors, the jacked-up Geländewagen is jaw-dropping. But what’s a real four-wheel drive enthusiast think? Or more importantly, what does a four-wheel drive entrepreneur think about it?

That’s exactly what /Drive wanted to know, so a trip was in order to Icon 4x4 in Los Angeles to get the opinions of Jonathan Ward, the CEO and lead designer for Icon 4x4. Now for those who don’t know, Icon 4x4 builds some of the baddest resto-mod four-wheel drives on the planet. It takes dilapidated Toyota FJs, Land Rover Defenders, and Ford Broncos and turns them into six-figure performance machines with the ability to traverse nearly any terrain while turning heads, even in LA traffic.

Needless to say, Ward’s thoughts are rather valuable. I won’t spoil all the video’s fun, but know Ward takes a rather objective yet discerning approach to reviewing the G500 4x4². His calm character and extensive mechanical knowledge shine through, reinforcing the idea of Icon 4x4’s strong place in the specialty aftermarket community.

Be sure to watch in full screen for the full effect. It’s worth seeing all the detailing found underneath the mighty G500 4x4².

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Motor Trend Pits the Mercedes G65 Against Icon's FJ44 Prototype

Motor Trend Pits the Mercedes G65 Against Icon’s FJ44 Prototype

Two SUVs that make zero excuses and cost nearly a quarter million each

It’s not everyday you see two quarter-million dollar SUVs plunging into rocky riverbeds and barreling through muddy ditches, but that’s exactly what’s happening in Motor Trend’s latest episode of Head2Head.

Most everybody is familiar with the Mercedes G-Wagen. It’s Mercedes answer to the Jeep, and likewise, the G served its time in the military. However, the most common place to find a G-Wagen is on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California. Mercedes’ most plush, powerful, and opulent version of G-Wagen is the Mercedes-AMG G65. It comes packing a 6.0-liter V-12 that cranks out 621 horsepower and an insane 738 pound-feet of torque.

Sadly, as our dubious hosts point out, the V-12 is a hunk of old-school tech that is in need of serious updating. Turbo lag and a small power band are the highest offences. On the other side of the muddy ditch is a 6.2-liter V-8 packing a supercharger within the Icon FJ44’s engine bay. This GM small-block might have its origins in the 1950s, but it still lays down 465 horsepower.

Now both SUVs are plenty capable off-road, but the Icon is certainly the more rugged of the two. Its no-nonsense interior and tall ground clearance allow it to traverse anywhere without damage – something we can’t say for the Mercedes G65. Conversely, the FJ44 would be nearly impossible to daily drive, whereas the Benz fits right in at your local Whole Foods or billionaire’s club.

So which SUV wins this crazy head to head? You’ll have to watch the video to find out. All I’ll say is it’s rather surprising and unforeseen. Click HD and full screen for the full effect.

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2016 Mercedes-AMG G63 G700 Widestar By Brabus

2016 Mercedes-AMG G63 G700 Widestar By Brabus

German tuner gets fancy with Mercedes-AMG’s one-true off-road warrior

Subtlety has never been one of Brabus’ strong suits so it goes without saying that this bright-as-day creation didn’t fall too far out of the German company’s tuning tree. At its core, this is a Mercedes-AMG G63, the Silver Arrows’ resident off-road marauder. But just its image is that of a rugged performance machine, Brabus has created a tuning program that provides a slash of vibrant personality into the G63. As a result, it doesn’t look as imposing as it once was. Or does it?

There are a number of things about this particular kit, dubbed the G700 Widestar, that’s worth keeping an eye on. It has modifications on both the exterior and interior. It has a new set of fancy wheels. It also has sizable engine upgrade, which has and will always be the real highlights of any Brabus tuning program. The modifications may look ostentatious on the surface, but that’s only one way to describe the G700 Widestar program. You can also call it heavy on extra power or if you’re really stretching for words to describe it, maybe you can even call it heavy-handed and brutish, mixed in with a certain flamboyant flair that the standard AMG G63 understandably lacks.

Whatever the case may be, what’s clear is that Brabus’ new kit for the AMG G63 fits into its wheelhouse. It won’t be Brabus without the attention to detail that comes with building a kit like this one. Sure, black suits the G63 perfectly, but like most of its past programs for other Mercedes models, Brabus has found a way to give the hulking brute of an SUV the personality to match its unyielding ferocity.

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What Would Santa Drive?

What Would Santa Drive?

This just in! With Christmas day only a few hours away, Santa’s sleigh just got stolen and Mr.Claus developed a sudden fear of flying. Billions of people around the world are in danger of not getting their Christmas presents this year!

Okay, I’m kidding, but let’s imagine what Santa would do if he couldn’t travel the world in his reindeer-powered sleigh. He’d probably have to drive, and assuming he doesn’t already own a vehicle (he obviously wouldn’t need one with the flying sleigh usually at his disposal), he would need to find the proper means of transportation on land.

So what would Mr.Claus drive?

Given he hauls a lot of stuff, cargo space is definitely a priority. His vehicle of choice should also have to come with all-wheel drive, as Santa encounters all sorts of terrains during his journey around the world. Finally, it should also be fast because, as you may know, Santa needs to get the job done in only 24 hours.

Granted, none of the vehicles available today would be up for such a mission, but should the reindeer go on strike on Christmas or should Santa decide that the open-roof sleigh gets way too chilly, he would need a helping hand in finding the best car to travel around the around. And TopSpeed is here to help!

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Top 5 Civilian Vehicles Originally Designed For Military Use

Top 5 Civilian Vehicles Originally Designed For Military Use

Can we take a moment to remember our wheeled veterans as well? Why, certainly! Just as the worst of times can bring out the best in men, the grim business of conflict often results in some outstanding machinery. When the dust settles and peace thankfully returns, many military vehicles make their way into private life, and just like the war heroes who made use of them, they put their talents to use in peacetime as well.

It’s no surprise that many decommissioned military vehicles find their way into the private sector. The qualities that make a car or truck attractive to the armed forces also draw civilian customers, as they’re designed to be rugged, easily serviced and long-lived in the face of unimaginable abuse. Many gained popularity after World War II, when returning soldiers who had experience with vehicles like the Jeep returned home and wanted a peacetime vehicle that embodied the same qualities. In some cases, a factory already tooled up to produce wartime trucks was simple to convert to civilian usage to meet demand. Still others have continued as simple evolution to a great design. They’ve come a long way and evolved a great deal since their military origins, but here are a few of the vehicles plying the streets today that got their start serving in the Armed Forces.

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Mercedes-Benz Could Offer A Convertible SUV

Mercedes-Benz Could Offer A Convertible SUV

There seems to be no kind of vehicle which designers have more difficulty with than convertible SUVs. Civilian derivatives of military vehicles often manges to pull this off, the Jeep Wrangler being the best example. But then you have vehicles like the 2014 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, which was so ugly and terrible that it was sometimes genuinely difficult to believe it really existed. So the latest news from Mercedes-Benz that the company might be considering a convertible SUV is potentially troubling. Although there is actually a precedent for it.

Mercedes had a convertible SUV for decades, one which the company only just stopped selling in 2013. This was a topless version of the G-Class, designed with military applications in mind, but also available as a civilian model. But the source of the rumor was some remarks made by Wolf-Dieter Kurz, Mercedes-Benz’s VP of sports cars and SUVs. And his take was that there might be a market for a convertible SUV, but not a revived G-Class convertible. That means something new, and that is what is so terrifying about the whole prospect, as the chances of getting it horribly wrong seem pretty high.

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Mercedes-Benz G-Class Explores 12 Countries In 15 Days

Mercedes-Benz G-Class Explores 12 Countries In 15 Days

Mercedes-Benz continues its longtime partnership with the famed explorer, adventurer, and extreme athlete Mike Horn with his “Drive 2 Climb 2 Ski K2” expedition as he and his companions traveled across eastern Europe and central Asia with the ultimate goal of skiing down the world’s second-highest mountain.

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Mercedes-Benz G-Class Explores 12 Countries In 15 Days

Mercedes-Benz G-Class Explores 12 Countries In 15 Days

Mercedes-Benz continues its longtime partnership with the famed explorer, adventurer, and extreme athlete Mike Horn with his “Drive 2 Climb 2 Ski K2” expedition as he and his companions traveled across eastern Europe and central Asia with the ultimate goal of skiing down the world’s second-highest mountain.

Horn, along with Fred Roux and Kobi Reichen, plan to climb the 28,251-foot mountain called K2 where they will then be the first trio to attempt the feat. And of course, a small fleet of Mercedes-Benz G-Wagens is providing the transportation. Modified with a small suspension lift, BFGoodrich All-Terrain tires, roof racks, off-road lights, and plenty of extra gear, the G-Wagens provide the expedition with capable transportation over the terrain that is often times nearly impassable.

The journey is taking the team through 12 countries and over 10,640 kilometers, or 6,611 miles, on only 15 days’ time. “The off-road capability and innovative technology of this car are simply unbelievable. The car is my perfect, motorized alter ego," says Horn. The explorer gives credit to the G-Wagen’s ability to trek up 54 percent inclines and ford two feet of water thanks to its 4WD, locking differentials, and tall ground clearance.

The expedition started on May 14, 2015 from Château-d’Oex, Switzerland and has continued through Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kirgizstan, China, and Pakistan.

Horn says one of his main reasons for embarking on the journey is to draw attention to the remote regions of the world and the Earth’s beauty. "Everybody should know what the world looks like, so that the desire arises to protect it,” he says. “Accordingly, I could hardly wait to set off on this new challenge.”

You can follow Horn’s progress on his the Mercedes-Benz G-Class Facebook page here.

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Mercedes G500 4x4² vs. Hennessey's Velociraptor 600: Video

Mercedes G500 4x4² vs. Hennessey’s Velociraptor 600: Video

Ever wonder what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? Well, that sort of takes place here, with the gathering of the high-riding Mercedes G500 4x4² and the supercharged Ford F-150 Raptor known as the Hennessey Velociraptor 600.

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Mercedes G500 4x4² vs. Hennessey's Velociraptor 600: Video

Mercedes G500 4x4² vs. Hennessey’s Velociraptor 600: Video

Ever wonder what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? Well, that sort of takes place here, with the gathering of the high-riding Mercedes G500 4x4² and the supercharged Ford F-150 Raptor known as the Hennessey Velociraptor 600.

The pair get down and dirty in this video clip, giving us a mere taste as to their capabilities and off-road prowess. The Mercedes 4x4², for example, is the more conservative version of the G63 6x6 – the triple-axle wonder that has six-wheel-drive and the ground clearance of a monster truck. New for 2015, the G500 4x4² offers the same suspension setup, minus the extra axle and pickup bed. Power comes from the new 4.0-liter Biturbo V-8 making 422 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque.

The Velociraptor 600, on the other hand, is a tuned version of Ford’s popular F-150 Raptor. The folks at Hennessey have worked their magic, bolting on a 2.3-liter supercharger to the Raptor’s 6.2-liter V-8. Now making 600 horsepower, the heavy truck is able to rocket to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds yet hold its own against the best desert racers on the planet.

The video might not divulge driving impressions, but it sure is fun to watch the pair get dirty.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Mercedes’ faithful G-Wagen is getting some welcomed updates for 2016, including a new engine and a host of upgrades that make this militaristic machine feel less combat weary.

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2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

2016 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

Mercedes’ faithful G-Wagen is getting some welcomed updates for 2016, including a new engine and a host of upgrades that make this militaristic machine feel less combat weary.

Headlining the changes is the new 4.0-liter Biturbo V-8 previewed in the G500 4x4², and the Mercedes-AMG GT and C63 before that. The new mill brings a healthy 422 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque. Those are respectable gains over the 5.5-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 in the outgoing G550. The new powertrain also brings a new name to the “entry level” G-Class – the G500. The new V-8 also meets the Euro 6 emissions standards for our friends in across the pond.

Beyond the powertrain, the 2016 G-Class will come with updated shock absorbers and a retuned ESP system. Mercedes says the new shocks improve on-road manners by controlling body movements and keeping roll to a minimum – all without hampering the G-Wagen’s off-road abilities. What’s more, the G500 is available with optional adaptive dampers that offer driver-selectable Sport and Comfort modes.

Cosmetically, the G-Wagen gets some minor updates. The G350d and G500 now come with restyled bumpers, body-color wheel arches, and new 18-inch, five-spoke wheels. Five new body colors are also added. A slightly updated instrument cluster keeps things fresh, while a new range of leathers and colored stitching is available.

Lastly, those selecting the AMG version of the G-Class can opt for the all-new AMG Edition 463. This limited model offers a sportier look, both inside and out, with a stainless steel front skidplate, AMG sport stripes on the sides, unique 21-inch wheels, and a two-tone interior color scheme.

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Rumormill: Next Mercedes G500 Will Get 422 HP Twin-Turbo V-8

Rumormill: Next Mercedes G500 Will Get 422 HP Twin-Turbo V-8

The latest rumblings on the Internet suggest Mercedes-Benz is dumping the naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V-8 in the G550 SUV for the all-new, twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 that debuted in the insane G550 4x4².

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Rumormill: Next Mercedes G500 Will Get 422 HP Twin-Turbo V-8

Rumormill: Next Mercedes G500 Will Get 422 HP Twin-Turbo V-8

The latest rumblings on the Internet suggest Mercedes-Benz is dumping the naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V-8 in the G550 SUV for the all-new, twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 that debuted in the insane G550 4x4².

Though unconfirmed by the German automaker, the move makes perfect sense for multiple reasons. For one, the 4.0-liter Biturbo passes Euro 6 emissions regulations that are set to take effect in 2016. While that doesn’t matter too much in the U.S. where the old 5.5-liter V-8 is the “volume” engine in the G-Wagen, it does matter that the new Biturbo mill pumps out 422 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of stump-pulling torque.

Those output numbers simply shame the 5.5’s 382 horses and 391 pound-feet of torque. The sprint to 60 mph should fall by a few tenths, clocking somewhere in the 5.5-second range. Even still, the 4.0-liter’s improved output falls nicely under the more expensive G63 AMG’s 536 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. The AMG will presumably rumble into the future still using its twin-turbo version of the 5.5-liter V-8.

It’s also presumed that Mercedes will keep the G550 nomenclature, despite the new engine displacement, just as it has with the G550 4x4².

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Mercedes Announces Biturbo V-12 G65 AMG Coming to U.S.

Mercedes Announces Biturbo V-12 G65 AMG Coming to U.S.

Mercedes-AMG’s latest announcement means there’s one less vehicle American’s have to wish for. The German automaker will now offer the top-dog G65 AMG in the U.S. stating November 2015. That’s right, the twin-turbocharged, V-12 SUV is joining the G-Wagen lineup in the U. S. of A.

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Mercedes Announces Biturbo V-12 G65 AMG Coming to U.S.

Mercedes Announces Biturbo V-12 G65 AMG Coming to U.S.

Mercedes-AMG’s latest announcement means there’s one less vehicle American’s have to wish for. The German automaker will now offer the top-dog G65 AMG in the U.S. stating November 2015. That’s right, the twin-turbocharged, V-12 SUV is joining the G-Wagen lineup in the U. S. of A.

You might be asking yourself what’s the big deal. Well, 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque is certainly a big deal in my book. All that power is routed through a seven-speed automatic transmission and the G-Wagen’s 4WD system, complete with three locking differentials.

Believe it or not, but the Geländewagen is pretty competent off the beaten path, despite its low-profile performance tires. Its full-time 4WD system seamlessly directs power front and rear where it needs it, but locking the center differential splits torque 50/50 for the rougher stuff. Locking the front and rear differentials splits torque evenly between the wheels on each axle, effectively making each wheel turn at the same speed. Select the low range gears, and this Billy goat will climb over anything.

But because this is a G-Wagen, 99 percent of owners will never take it off road. That’s less of a travesty thanks to that 6.0-liter V-12’s impeccable power. The trip to 60 mph should take roughly 4.9 seconds while its top speed has been increased by 13 mph, making 143 mph possible.

When the 2016 G65 AMG joins the G550 and G63 AMG here in the States, it will boast a starting price of $217,900 – making it the fourth $200k+ AMG model now offered.

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2016 Mercedes G65 AMG

2016 Mercedes G65 AMG

Launched in 1979 in its civilian version, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class remained largely unchanged to this day. Now an icon of the SUV market, the G-Wagon is also one of the very few vehicles to still carry its classic body and chassis configuration. The boxy Merc underwent several updates since 1990, but a beefed-up, AMG-badged version wouldn’t arrive until 2006.

That first version came powered by a supercharged, 5.5-liter V-8 and dubbed G55 AMG. The G-Class received a makeover for the 2012 model, when output was increased to 536 horsepower and the nameplate switched to G63 AMG. That same year, an even more extreme version was introduced - the G65 AMG. This SUV is powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 that generates 604 ponies and 738 pound-feet. Unfortunately, we couldn’t have it in the U.S. But that will change starting in 2016 as the Germans are planning on offering the G65 AMG on these shores as well.

Updated 04/01/2015: Mercedes announced that the 2016 AMG G65 will go on sale on the U.S. market in November 2015 at a starting price of $217,900.

Note: European model pictured here.

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Mercedes-Benz G63 6x6 Is Back In New Promotional Footage: Video

Mercedes-Benz G63 6x6 Is Back In New Promotional Footage: Video

Despite the six-wheeled behemoth going soon out of production, with Mercedes-Benz having sold over 100 units, the G63 AMG 6x6 still demands respect. Which is probably why Mercedes-Benz decided to make yet another promotional video of the model, this time showing it tackling a mountainous region of beautiful Tuscany, Italy. The video goes to show that even when the G63 AMG 6x6 isn’t jumping over sand dunes at high speeds in an Arabian desert, the model’s off-road prowess is still unquestionable at lower speeds.

To quote Mercedes-Benz, "even the rocky terrain of the Tuscany is negotiated with all the agility of a mountain goat." Naturally, that goat would need to weigh the better part of three tons and possess six wheels instead of four legs to be comparable. Keep in mind that the G63 AMG 6x6 is equipped with six-wheel-drive, five differential locks, 37-inch all-terrain tires with an on-board inflation and deflation system and portal axles. In theory, if it has enough room, it can tackle just about any type of terrain.

Also part of the model’s appeal is its twin-turbocharged, 5.5-liter, V-8 engine that delivers 544 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque, delivered to all six wheels through a seven-speed, automatic transmission. If the G63 AMG 6X6 isn’t a rolling declaration of independence, then I don’t know what is, and the footage above illustrates that.

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Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 Sold Out

Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 Sold Out

In light of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4²’s pending arrival at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, news that the automaker’s famed G63 AMG 6x6 – the G500 4x4²’s six-wheeled predecessor – is getting the axe.

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Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 Sold Out

Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 Sold Out

In light of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4²’s pending arrival at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, news that the automaker’s famed G63 AMG 6x6 – the G500 4x4²’s six-wheeled predecessor – is getting the axe. The German automaker has decided to keep production numbers low, preserving its exclusivity.

Exclusivity in this case means Mercedes is capping 6x6 production at just over 100 total examples. The last one is expected to roll off the Austrian assembly line in May, and has already been pre-purchased. That’s right, the 6x6 is officially sold out.

On the market since 2013, the G63 AMG 6x6 has enjoyed renowned success with über wealthy off-road enthusiasts and those whose ‘mine-is-bigger-than-yours’ budget is unlimited. Costing some $430,000 for a base example, it’s certainly not the easiest vehicle purchase to justify. Adding to the fun is the 6x6’s overall length that’s a few inches short of the Titanic, and it’s easy to see why Mercedes hasn’t moved that many. But that is kind of the point.

Of course, its bespoke-like sales numbers are nothing against the G63 AMG 6x6’s abilities off road and even on the highway. With a 5.5-liter biturbo V-8 under the hood making 536 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque – along with its five differentials, portal axles, central tire inflation system, and 37-inch tires – the 6x6 can smash its way over nearly any obstacle.

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