The current G-Class 63 is set to be replaced soon, but Mercedes-AMG gave the high performance 4x4 another major upgrade before it is eventually replaced. Available in both V8 and V12 guises, the G65 Exclusive Edition gets a host of exterior and interior upgrades that complement its ruggedness and opulence.
Starting with the exterior, the boxy 4x4 sports a stainless steel underguard along with the eye-catching AMG lightweight 21-inch five-twin-spoke alloy wheels. All four wheels are ceramically polished for the G65 as standard but they can be painted in black with carbon fiber inserts. The G63, on the other hand, is finished in matte black with high-sheen spokes. Both set of wheels are wrapped in 295/40 tires.
Completing the exterior additions in the G65 Exclusive Edition are the AMG sports stripes on the side, rub strip inserts in dark aluminum and the spare wheel cover painted in the vehicle's color.
Moving inside, it gets AMG sport seats with two-tone leather while the dashboard itself gets a leather trim piece. There is also a choice of nappa leather for the seats that will be available in six colors and designo leather that can be had in three different colors. With the Seat Comfort package, amenities such as multicontour seats with heated/cooled seats come as standard on the G65 Exclusive Edition.
As mentioned earlier, the Exclusive Edition is available in two engine choices. The G65 is powered by a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V12 that pushes out 630 PS and 1000 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to a 7G-tronic automatic gearbox. Meanwhile, the G63 gets a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 that cranks out 571 PS and 760 Nm of torque. It too is mated to a 7G-tronic automatic.
Apart from the Exclusive Edition, Mercedes-Benz also introduced the Designo Manufaktur Edition G Wagen. This particular 4x4 emphasizes on customization and tailor-made features. The exterior is dominated with blacked-out trim pieces while the body itself can be painted in three different colors: Designo Magma Red, Mystic White and Obsidian Black. The five-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels are also painted black and are wrapped in 275/55 rubber.
Inside, it gets a pre-dominantly red cabin that is contrasted by splashes of black leather. Apart from those, the Manufaktur Edition will also come with the following: Chrome package for the surrounds on the seat adjustments, loudspeakers and luggage compartment, Sport package that fits the G Wagen with stainless steel running boards and a sports exhaust system and the Exclusive Package which consist of the multicontour front and rear seats, leather-lined dashboard and illuminated door sills.
The Manufaktur Edition is available in two engine guises. First is the G 350 d which gets a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V6 that puts out 245 PS and 600 Nm of torque. For those that prefer gasoline, there is also the G 500 which is propelled by a 5.5-liter V8 that cranks out 383 PS and 530 Nm of torque.
Both the Exclusive Edition and Designo Manufaktur Edition G Wagens are now available in Germany.