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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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.
If you ever feel as if your Mercedes-Benz G63 or G65 AMG is not unique enough, the German automaker is now offering what it calls the “Crazy Color Edition.” Just as its name suggests, this special edition G-Wagen offers the paint choices like Solar Beam, Sunset Beam, Tomato Red, Galactic Beam, and Alien Beam. Basically, it looks as if someone from Skittles broke into Mercedes’ paint booth.
The special edition is only (thankfully) offered in select countries, with the U.S. no being one. And then there’s the price. While some automakers cars upwards of $2,000 for a specialized paint color with some swanky metallic flake or pearl shimmer, Mercedes is charging more than $17,000 for the option – and that’s just the base color! Opt for the Solar Beam hue and the bill shoots up to $22,880.
So what gives? Well, all Crazy Color Edition G-Wagens come with body-color stitching on the leather seats, dashboard, door panels, and center console, so there’s that. Otherwise, the Cold War-era, solid axle SUV is stock.
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As awesome of a vehicle as the Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6 is, it has one major flaw: our ability to ever drive one (and probably even see one) due to its ultra-limited production figures. It would seem that Mercedes might be looking to do something about that as our spy photographers have spotted this eye-catching, neon-green G-Class (affectionately known as the Green Monster) out testing for the second time now – this time in the frigid and snowy climates of Sweden.
From our vantage point, this mystery super G-Wagen seems to combine the production body of a standard G-Class with the beefed-up suspension components of the amazing Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6. Spotted through that bountiful ride height is the severely beefed-up suspension with obvious internal bypass shocks. Comparing the two sets of spy shots, it doesn’t appear that anything is different with this truck. It’s still running portal axles, meaty tires and the AMG-style wheels, and the camouflage that does little to hide the massive fender extensions.
There is no reason to believe that Mercedes made any changes to the G63 AMG 6x6’s powertrain, which consists of a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 producing 544 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque helping to give this behemoth “catapult-like acceleration.”
The amount of work Mercedes and AMG put into building the 6x6 is commendable, but it also contributed to the limited volume of that truck. Hopefully, the lack of body modifications required to add the extra axle and to create the cargo bed will help make a production case for the 4x4 version more feasible.
We have no idea whether Mercedes plans to introduce a production version of such a mammoth off-roader, but in this truck’s current state, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it on the road this year.
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I’ve already given the introduction to how much Texans love their trucks and how every year the Texas Auto Writers Association gathers to crown the winner; the coveted “Truck of Texas” award. Now let’s get down to some results.
Besides the main award, there were 17 other categories that each of the 75 vehicles fell into. These consisted of titles like “Midsized Crossover Utility Vehicles” and “Luxury Pickup Trucks.” Awards were also given for best connectivity, best powertrain, and best technology.
Each vehicle was subjected to a battery of tests that measured its ability to perform its intended function, whether that be towing, going off road, surrounding its occupants in luxury, or proving a great all-round family hauler. The vehicles were all competing within their respective category for the win.
So which truck, SUV, or crossover took home the Truck of Texas award? Continue reading to find out.
The venerable Mercedes-Benz G-Class is celebrating 35 years of uninterrupted production in 2014, and the Germans are celebrating the milestone with a special-edition SUV. The G-Wagen has soldiered on largely unchanged since its introduction in 1979, a feat that not even the Land Rover Defender has managed to achieve, with the British SUV discontinued after 32 years on the market. Mercedes has all the reasons to celebrate and its vehicle of choice for this special occasion is the G-Class Edition 35.
As with most special edition Mercs, the G-Class Edition 35 comes with everything a regular and very capable G-Class has to offer, but with a few exterior and interior goodies on top. Special, Designo-made paints, exciting color contrasts and a bespoke interior is what makes the Edition 35 a cool SUV to own.
The only downside to it is that you can’t buy it in the United States. Read on to see what you’re missing unless you live in Germany.
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Not much goes together quite like Texas and trucks. It’s the U.S.’ largest truck market by a long shot and it’s plain to see as you peruse any given parking lot. Texans love their trucks. That’s why the Texas Auto Writers Association crowns a Truck of Texas winner every year after an extensive evaluation process.
As a member of TAWA, I spent the better part of a week in the dusty hills outside San Antonio testing 75 contenders vying for the prized top spot. Eighteen automakers from around the world were in attendance, the majority bringing more than a handful of vehicles.
Ground zero for testing was the famed Knibbe Ranch, with hundreds of acres of sprawling across the Lonestar state. Muddy creek crossings and rocky hill climbs, combined with twisty country roads and newly paved highways provided the test beds. Those trucks, SUVs and crossovers brave enough to tackle the off-road section were subjected to rock-strewn dirt roads that punished suspension parts and underbody skidplates. More road-biased crossovers were thrown around narrow roads and up steep hills. The new pavement along the Texas highway was still covered in loose asphalt with orange caution cones proving a tempting (yet highly illegal) slalom course. Thankfully no one attempted that obstacle.
The 60 journalists judging the event had a huge decision to make. What truck, SUV or crossover would be crowned the Truck of Texas? Well, you’ll just have to stay tuned to find out. We’ll announce the top winner and the winners of sub-categories on Wednesday.
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Edo Competition has made a business out of building aftermarket programs for some of the finest European cars in the world. But it’s been a while since the German tuner developed a program for a Mercedes, let alone the obnoxious G63 AMG. But we work in an industry of surprises, so by essence, Edo’s new program for the high-powered utility really is a welcome addition.
If it’s power you’re looking for, the Mercedes G63 AMG has you covered. Still, some vehicles can’t have enough of it, and Edo Competition has that covered.
That’s par for the course for an aftermarket specialist like Edo Competition. It’s built an impressive lineup of programs that have turned sports cars into supercars. Just ask the Porsche 911 Turbo S, the BMW M5, and yes, even the mighty Ferrari Enzo.
This program for the G63 AMG is another feather in the tuner’s cap that’s already full of it. Or as some would call it, just another day in the life of Edo Competition.
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The Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV has soldiered on largely unchanged since its introduction in 1979 with only few cosmetic pieces, more elegant interior accommodations, and newer engine options separating the 30-year span. However, a report coming from AutoCar suggests the Germans will be changing more than just a few bits and pieces on the upcoming G-Wagen facelift.
Although it will retain its iconic boxy looks, the 2017 G-Wagen will have its width increased by around 100 mm (nearly 4 inches). The widening will allow the body to accommodate a redesigned front suspension with a three- or four-link setup and to improve stability and increase cabin space, the report adds.
Furthermore, the SUV is scheduled to get a modern electro-mechanical steering system and a redesigned structure that will include more aluminum parts. Consequently, the SUV could get rid of at least 440 pounds (200 kg) of the G350’s current 5,665-pound curb weight.
Changes are set to continue in the cabin with wider front and rear seats and a number of C-Class-inspired features. Of course, the Germans are looking to make the rugged SUV more comfortable and luxurious.
Engine-wise, the new 3.0-liter, inline-six gasoline and diesel mills currently developed by Mercedes-Benz for the 2016 E-Class will find their way into the G-Class with around 365 horsepower and 304 horsepower respectively. Both will be offered with a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission as standard.
Note: Current Mercedes G-Wagen pictured here.
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The G63 AMG is the coolest of the of the entire G-Class bunch, but even a great car can be improved now and again. The folks over at German Special Customs did just that when they came up with an amazing upgrade kit for the G63 AMG that transforms the off-road machine into something truly bad-ass.
The base G63 AMG pulls power from a 5.5-liter, V-8 biturbo engine that delivers a total of 544 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. That’s well and good, but GSC decided to bump this up by way of reworked software and a modified exhaust system. As a result, the GSC-tuned G63 AMG now delivers a total of 620 horsepower, 1,000 Nm (738 pound-feet) of torque.
In addition to the engine upgrade, the tuner is also offering lots of exterior new parts made in carbon fiber, a new set of wheels and an updated interior with a 320 km/h speedometer.
The G63 AMG also received some upgrades on the outside, but we could definitely live without those. That body kit a bit odd looking, and those low-profile tires on fancy rims all but negate its off-road capabilities.It’s not our cup of tea, but it may strike your fancy...
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