The AMG versions of the new Mercedes G-Class — both the G65 AMG and G63 AMG — are quite perfect from factory, but there is always room for improvement. German tuner, Hamann, is proving this by unveiling a new tuning kit called Spyridon that can be combined with both the AMG models.
In order to deliver more power, the only modifications the tuner is offering are the addition of a new exhaust system and some minor ECU upgrades. The results are quite incredible, as the G65 AMG’s output goes from 612 to 702 horsepower and the peak torque goes from 737 to 818 pound-feet of torque, and the G63 version’s output is increased from 544 to 610 horsepower and the peak torque up from 516 to 645 pound-feet.
The exterior upgrades include the addition of tailor-made LED fluorescent strips added to the front spoiler, new mirror housings and engine bonnet made in carbon fiber. At the back, a new roof spoiler and rear apron offer increased aerodynamics. Down the sides, new side skirts are offered with LEDs that illuminate the floor. The latest addition to the exterior is a set of 24-inch light-alloy wheels made from aluminum.
For the interior, the tuner offers decorative stitching on the instrument panel and the seats, gold-colored leather door panels and a total of 24 carbon trims.
UPDATE 04/04/13: Hamann has released the official studio photos of the G65 AMG Spyridon a month after the Geneva Motor Show. You know what they say: better late than never. Check out the photos in the gallery below!
Its legendary cross-country mobility has been known for decades, and the AMG outperforms itself on a regular basis with its fast street version. But only HAMANN Motorsports defines the letter "G" of the G-class as "Great" acceleration. HAMANN will present the HAMANN SPYRIDON (Type: W 463) as the world’s first at the International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland; The heraldic animal, the HAMANN Pegasus, of the tuning specialist from Laupheim, Germany, will be illuminated with the push of a button. The winged horse, the Pegasus, has been painted in several layers on the bonnet and in the rear on the spare wheel cover, using a completely new developed illuminating paint consisting of several layers.
When applying a small voltage to the paint, it glows. Thus, even in the dark, the HAMANN SPYRIDON distinctively separates itself from the production series. However, the AMG and the HAMANN differ primarily in their power output; regardless if night or day. While the Mercedes coming off the assembly line produces a "mere" 612 HP (450 kW), due to the characteristics map of the 12-cylinder HAMANN and a completely new exhaust system, it bursts ahead with almost 100 HP more (702 HP or 517 kW). The maximum torque is increased from an even 1000 to 1110 Nm. An increase in the power of the G 63 AMG is also available. With this, the 5.5 Litre V8 biturbo produces a remarkable 610 HP (449 kW) instead 544 HP (400 kW) and reaches a torque of 875 Nm rather than 700 Nm.
The HAMANN proudly presents its newly gained power: The G-class from Laupheim grows 80 mm in width. And especially for the G-class, tailor-made LED fluorescent strips are added to the front spoiler. Not only do they serve as daytime running lights, but due to their blink function, also act as turn signals. Thus, the blinker boxes –although they are characteristics, however, rather clumsy and not individual at all – have been removed from the wings. This contributes significantly to the new look of the SPYRIDON.
The new sporty look of the former all-terrain vehicle is based on a few things: the mirror housings – made of carbon – as well as the bonnet, which is fabricated completely of the carbon material, weighing in at only 6.5 kg. The roof spoiler and the rear apron with integrated diffuser are responsible for the improved dynamics. Not only do the new site skirts include LEDs that illuminate the floor, but also light up the completely redesigned triple tailpipes of the sports exhaust gas system. These end pipes were milled from a solid block of aluminium and anodised in a golden colour.
The 24-inch light-alloy wheels, edition Race or Unique Forged, were also shaped from solid aluminium. During the forging process, the material is compressed to a point where all air inclusions are forced out of the aluminium. This produces extremely light-weight wheels with a high degree of load capacity at the same time – ideal for the HAMANN SPYRIDON. Vredestein Ultrac SUV Sessanta tyres, size 305/35/24, are mounted on all four wheels.
The interior has been morphed into something new as well. The perfect decorative stitching on the instrument panel and the seats is the work of a master craftsman; it provides a visual focus and completes an outstanding overall impression of the leather interior. Gold-coloured leather door panels and 24 carbon trims spread around the passenger compartment accentuate the interior even more. The sports pedals are manufactured of aluminium; the door sill trims are made of brushed stainless steel and display the white illuminated HAMANN logo. The silver embroidery of the logo can also be found on the exclusive floormat set made with threaded, black pearl velours.
The old rough ’n’ tumble image of this G-class has certainly been removed. But the ensuing jump into the sports car category can only accomplished by the HAMANN SPYRIDON.