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Mercedes-AMG G63 Battles Porsche 718 To Prove It’s More Aerodynamic Than A Brick 22
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in AMG, Drag-Racing, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes G-Class, Mercedes Videos, porsche, Porsche 718, Porsche Boxster, Porsche Videos, video on 11 22nd, 2017

While the AMG-powered G-Wagen may have plenty of grunt at its disposal, it’s not exactly the type of car you want to be in if quick acceleration is your main priority.

It’s true that certain SUVs can actually keep up with a sports car like the Porsche 718, however, we’re talking about models that aren’t as heavy as the G63, have more power, and aren’t shaped like a gondola cabin.

As for what the numbers tell us, well, the Mercedes has more power and torque than the Porsche, sending its wheels no less than 570 PS and 760 Nm (560 lb-ft).

The 718 Boxster S on the other hand, packs 350 PS and 420 Nm (309 lb-ft) of torque, though weighs a lot less. In fact, the G63 is heavier by over a tonne, which does nothing to favor its power-to-weight ratio in this particular matchup.

Keep in mind however that this race features a rolling start, which sometimes can help cars that are at a weight disadvantage.


2019 Mercedes G-Class Interior Shows Up In New Leaked Images 20
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in mercedes, Mercedes G-Class, Mercedes Scoops, Scoops on 11 20th, 2017

Even though we know what the dashboard of the 2019 G-Class looks like, these images provide a more in-depth look, since now we can also see the entire center console, door panels and some of the cabin.

A reader of ours spotted these pics on Auto Trade Moscow and Avto_msk’s Instagram accounts, and we’re really happy he did. For starters, we can now see that the lower console has a truly minimalist design, unlike what you get on the current G-Wagen.

The rest of the dashboard features the automaker’s modern switchgear, wide displays like you get on the E-Class and S-Class, plus a circular air vent design, replacing the old square ones.

As for the door panels, they seem to have grown in width over the current ones, which will definitely help those who like to rest their elbow on them while they drive. We can also see that the buttons for the power windows and electric mirrors (on the driver’s side) are positioned at a slight angle, directly on top of the panel itself.

Aside from the cabin, the 2019 G-Class is expected to boast improved on-road characteristics, with more power and better fuel efficiency courtesy of Mercedes’ latest straight-six turbocharged units. The AMG models on the other hand should feature twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engines.

Without any certainty, reports suggest that Mercedes will debut the new G-Class at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show in January.

H/T to Jewellius


Brabus Teams Up With A Sneaker Icon To Pay Tribute To The G-Class 15
Posted by Carscoops Staff in brabus, Dubai Motor Show, mercedes, Mercedes G-Class, tuning on 11 15th, 2017

As the long-serving Mercedes G-Wagen approaches the end of its line, we’ve been witnessing a seemingly endless stream of send-off specials, with the latest being the Buscemi Edition from Brabus.

No, not the actor Steve Buscemi (of Fargo and Big Lebowski fame); this one was done in partnership with Jon Buscemi, a veritable icon in the sneaker scene.

Brabus and Buscemi decked out this G63 with a widebody conversion, decked out all in black with gold trim inside and out. The interior’s likewise upholstered in black, stitched and piped in red. But Brabus being Brabus, there’s more to this custom job than some fancy trim.

The Benz tuner has fitted this special G with its full 850 powertrain conversion, with the twin-turbo V8 bored out to 6.0 liters and tuned to deliver 838 horsepower and 1,069 lb-ft of torque through all four of those 23-inch wheels. Even with 5,622 pounds to push, Brabus says the 850 Buscemi will hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in four seconds flat and top out at an electronically limited 162 mph (260 km/h).

Brabus unveiled the Buscemi G at the Dubai Motor Show this week, and will make you one, too – as long as you have the 410,000 euros (plus tax) to spare. Mind you, you also get with two pairs of exclusive Buscemi sneakers and a special three-piece luggage set, too.

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Jon Olsson’s Custom Mercedes G500 4×4² Looks Ready To Drive Across Mars 14
Posted by Brad Anderson in mercedes, Mercedes G-Class, SUV, tuning on 11 14th, 2017

Not long after parting ways with his custom, 810 hp Rolls-Royce Wraith, professional skier Jon Olsson has picked up a new ride, this time a Mercedes-Benz G500 4×4².

In typical fashion, the YouTuber vlogger hasn’t kept the off-roader stock and a reader of AutoJunk recently snapped his car on a highway in the Netherlands.

Modifications have reportedly been carried out by Absolute Motors and despite the images being rather blurry, a number of custom parts are visible. For starters, a large roof rack has been fitted alongside a small ladder on the rear. Additionally, there also appears to be some sort of contraption on the hood but it’s difficult to ascertain what it is.

As with almost any car owned by Olsson, the exterior has also adopted a distinctive livery and a number of stickers from his sponsors.

The G500 4×4² has been a runaway success for Mercedes-Benz, selling in far greater numbers than ever expected, proving that the G-Class remains as popular as ever.


2019 Mercedes G-Class Interior Leaked: High-Tech But Still Not Afraid To Get Dirty 13
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in featured, mercedes, Mercedes G-Class, Mercedes Scoops, Scoops, Top 5 on 11 13th, 2017

A series of photos showing the new dashboard of the 2019 G-Class before the official reveal went online, revealing what’s changed.

If you followed our previous scoops on the new G-Class, then the changes should come as no surprise. The new dashboard does a good job at integrating Mercedes’ latest wide-display tech without altering too much the character of the interior which doesn’t try to hide its utilitarian roots as displayed by the grab handle in front of the passenger and its sober lines.

Replacing an icon isn’t that easy but Mercedes appears to have figured out how to give the world a new G-Class, without messing too much with the ingredients that made it so popular in the first place.

The images come courtesy of Dutch Autoweek. The 2019 G-Class will come with modern switchgear known from other models in the range while adopting circular air-vents. The three switches for locking the corresponding differentials remain between the two central air-vents and the new three-spoke steering wheel is the same one fitted in the latest S-Class.

And while the dummy display model features classic analog gauges for the driver, it’s almost certain that future G-Class customers will be offered a digital option as well, same with those offered in other models.

The new generation G-Class is expected to look largely unchanged from the current model but the update is much more significant under the skin. Mercedes has given the 2019 G-Class not only a wider ladder chassis and a new independent suspension for better road manners but adaptive dampers as well.

The model’s new electrical architecture also means that the G-Class will come with a full range of the latest assistance systems that not only increase safety and comfort but also make it a lot more competent when the asphalt stops.

As for when we’ll finally see the new G-Class being revealed, the latest reports talk about Mercedes debuting its new cult off-roader at the Detroit Motor Show this January.


Brabus Shows Off More Of 4×4² Adventure, In Case Anyone Missed It 12
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in brabus, Galleries, mercedes, Mercedes G-Class, tuning on 11 12th, 2017

Over the years, Mercedes-Benz have managed to transform the G-Class from a no-nonsense all-terrain vehicle, to something that’s more of a cultural icon/fashion statement.

In their efforts, they went from AMG-powered models, all the way to something like the G63 AMG 6×6, a six-wheeled beast that might as well live on Mars than somewhere with an infrastructure.

Their latest creation however was slightly more sensible than the 6×6, yet still bonkers in its own right. We’re talking of course about the G500 4×4², powered by a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, good for 422 PS and 610 Nm (450 lb-ft).

Earlier this year in Geneva, Brabus also launched the G550 Adventure, an even more rugged version of the regular G500 4×4², with more power and even more off-roading ability.

The G550 Adventure puts down 550 PS (542 HP) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft), enough to take this three tonne SUV from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.7 seconds.

It’s also got underbody protection, a winch, hood scoop, extra lighting units and an electronically adjustable suspension – pretty much everything you’d need if you were a Jurassic World employee.


2019 Mercedes G-Class Spotted Next To Current Model, Looks The Same To Us 9
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Galleries, mercedes, Mercedes G-Class, Mercedes Scoops, Scoops on 11 9th, 2017

Mercedes was caught testing the 2019 G-Class next to the current version while prototypes of the AMG version were also spotted on public roads.

Mercedes is gearing up for the reveal of the new 2019 G-Class which will reportedly take place at the Detroit Motor Show. This will be the first major redesign of the iconic off-roader since its original debut in 1979.

It’s fairly obvious that the company didn’t mess with the boxy bodywork too much; in fact it looks exactly the same but this could be attributed to Mercedes’ will to keep the popular G-Class shape as it is, due its surprising popularity even today.

The major changes however take place under the skin, with the new car finally getting an independent front suspension which is expected to vastly improve its on-road manners and a wider by around 4 inches (10.1 cm) body for a roomier cabin.

The 2019 G-Class is also expected to get Mercedes’ latest straight-six turbo engines that will offer good power and better fuel efficiency. However these changes apparently will not water down the off-road capabilities of the iconic G-Class, as it will still be based on a body-on-frame chassis, complete with three locking differentials and the necessary low-range gearing.

AMG versions will be powered by the modern twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8, which is found pretty much to every single AMG these days but expect the reengineered chassis to use the extra power with much more finesse than before.

The interior will be everything you would expect from a modern Mercedes and that includes the familiar twin-display setup for the driver’s instruments and infotainment while a range of active safety features will find their way too into the G-Class.

Mercedes will keep building the 2019 G-Class in Magna’s plant in Austria, and there’s also the possibility of the current model being produced next to it in a more bare-bones version.

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Mercedes Looks Back At The Original G-Class As It Prepares To Introduce New Model 8
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Classics, mercedes, Mercedes G-Class, Mercedes Videos, video on 11 8th, 2017

Mercedes is gearing up to introduce an all-new G-Class and the company is counting down to the event by revealing the SUV’s 10 most memorable moments.

The first clip focuses on the original model which was introduced in 1979 but the story starts much earlier than that as development began in 1972. A year later, the company joined forces with Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG and agreed to jointly-develop a “light all-wheel drive off-roader for private use.”

A number of different proposals were discussed but the companies eventually decided to create an SUV that embraced “reliability, robustness, and virtually limitless off-road ability.” This probably caused engineers some sleepless nights as it meant the G-Class would need to have an all-synchromesh transfer case which could be engaged while moving and 100-percent differential locks instead of more traditional locking differentials. The companies were already envisioning a number of different body styles, so they decided to base the G-Class on ladder-type frame which could support multiple variants.

Mercedes presented a 1:1 wooden scale model in 1973 and began testing prototypes a year later. A second feasibility study was conducted in 1975 and the Shah of Iran, who was a major shareholder in Daimler-Benz, expressed interest in a military version. He ending up placing an order for 20,000 units, however the order was cancelled after the country’s revolution. Despite this setback, governments took notice and soon began requesting the model for their own armies.

The G-Class went into production in 1979 and was initially available as a convertible with a short wheelbase or a station wagon with a short or long wheelbase. There was also a military variant with a long-wheelbase and a canvas roof.

Four engines options were offered including a four-cylinder diesel with 72 PS (53 kW) and a five-cylinder diesel with 88 PS (65 kW). Other choices include a six-cylinder petrol with 150 PS (110 kW) and a four-cylinder petrol with outputs of 90 PS (66 kW) and 100 PS (75 kW).


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All-New 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class Said To Debut At 2018 Detroit Show 7
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, Detroit-Auto-Show, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes G-Class, Reports on 11 7th, 2017

The development of the new generation Mercedes-Benz G-Class is far more advanced than initially thought, as the SUV will reportedly debut as early as January next year.

According to a report published by Drive, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz G-Class will sit in front of the audience at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, parading its first major redesign since it was introduced back in 1979.

Despite being entirely new, both on the outside and in the cabin, the new generation of the popular 4×4 will retain the boxy design that made it famous, albeit with modern touches, and a slightly larger footprint.

Its off-road potential is expected to be enhanced with a new independent suspension, increased wheel travel, improved departure angles, and water fording depth that will receive another 100mm, or almost 4 inches. Additionally, it will benefit from a clever four-wheel drive system, with three differential locks and low range gearing, and some models will get the 9-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Besides the usual assortment of petrol and diesel powertrains, the new generation Mercedes-Benz G-Class will also come with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, developed by AMG. The unit is expected to power the G500, making over 400hp, and it will also be used on the new G63, where it’s believed to churn out more than 600hp.


Mercedes G-Class Signs Off With Parting Limited Edition 6
Posted by Carscoops Staff in mercedes, Mercedes G-Class, Reports on 11 6th, 2017

The end of an era is almost upon us, as the Mercedes-Benz G-Class will end production after nearly 40 years, set to be replaced by a newer car. But before it does, the German automaker is rolling out some limited-edition models.

We’ve already seen the Final Edition of the top-of-the-line Mercedes-AMG G65; now Daimler’s applying a similar treatment to (relatively) more accessibly models.

Available in Europe on the G350d, G350d Professional, and G500, the new Limited Editions feature special paint, trim, equipment, and of course, special badges.

The G350d Limited Edition, for example, is painted in Mocha Black metallic, with brushed aluminum trim, sports package, 19-inch five-spoke AMG alloys in titanium, tinted windows, power sunroof, and added stainless steel and chrome trim. The interior is done up in saddle-brown Nappa leather with light brown top-stitching, Harman Kardon sound system, and more.

The more utilitarian Professional version comes in China Blue with a steel front bumper, turn-signal shields, mud flaps, roof rack, and the Professional Offroad package. The interior features tartan fabric upholstery and heated everything.

The G500 Limited Edition, meanwhile, comes in Platinum Magno with black-painted trim, the optional Chrome and Sports packages, a white-stitched black leather interior, and even more interior equipment than the two “lesser” versions.

Only 463 examples will be made of each version, referring to the internal model designator, and each will feature a special badge on the armrest that reads “Schöckl proved since 1979” in reference to the mountain near Graz, Austria, where the G-Class is built and tested.

The Limited Edition treatment adds a good €20+k to the list price to the effect that the G350d Limited Edition goes for €122,918.67, the Professional for €103,940.55, and the G500 for €140,164.15. The order books are open now for delivery in January.

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New Ares X-Raid Is A 760HP G-Class With A Bespoke Composite Body 24
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in ARES Design, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes G-Class, new cars, tuning on 10 24th, 2017

Ares Design showed the world their latest creation based on the Mercedes G-Class, called the X-Raid.
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Mercedes-AMG Waves Goodbye To The G65 With Final Edition 19
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in AMG, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes G-Class, new cars, prices on 10 19th, 2017

With a new G-Class in development, Mercedes has decided to start guiding the current models towards the exit, this time with a special "final" edition for the G65 AMG version.
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Posaidon’s Mercedes-AMG G63 Is An 850 HP Monster 19
Posted by Brad Anderson in AMG, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes G-Class, SUV, tuning on 10 19th, 2017

The Mercedes-AMG G63 is one of the most ostentatious vehicles on sale but German tuner Posaidon has decided to make the SUV even crazier.
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Posaidon’s Mercedes-AMG G63 Is An 850 HP Monster 19
Posted by Brad Anderson in AMG, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes G-Class, SUV, tuning on 10 19th, 2017

The Mercedes-AMG G63 is one of the most ostentatious vehicles on sale but German tuner Posaidon has decided to make the SUV even crazier.
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Spy Clip Snaps The Digital Dash Of The Next Mercedes-AMG G63 17
Posted by Brad Anderson in AMG, mercedes, Mercedes AMG, Mercedes G-Class, Mercedes Scoops, Mercedes Videos, Reports, Scoops, video on 10 17th, 2017

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz G-Class has been filmed testing in AMG G63 guise before its global premiere next year.
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