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Mercedes G63 AMG 4X4 Green Monster

Top Speed G-Class - Fri, 21/11/2014 - 14:00


The monstrosity that is the Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6 first entered our lives in March 2014, packing just about everything we needed in the event zombies start overpowering our world. Back then, Mercedes announced that it was building a limited number of the six-wheeled monolith, essentially cutting off supply for everyday Joes to score one for themselves.

Well, fret not, because it appears that Mercedes-AMG is making a fresh batch of awesome G63 AMGs, albeit with the standard four-wheel configuration. It’s admittedly not as awesome as the six-wheeled, three-axle variety, but this new version still packs quite an intimidating punch.

Our spy photographers captured the vehicle doing test runs in southern Europe, dubbing it the G63 AMG Green Monster. We’re not exactly sure that it’s the actual name of the vehicle, but the description does fit on account of the prototype’s splashy neon-green finish and its imposing posture.

All the design elements of the 6x6 appear to have been included in the Green Monster, minus the two wheels and the flatbed out. That’s not to say that the Green Monster is less frightening; it just has two less wheels to scare us with.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes G63 AMG 4X4 Green Monster.

Mercedes G63 AMG 4X4 Green Monster originally appeared on topspeed.com on Friday, 21 November 2014 14:00 EST.

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Video: Tesla Model S P85 Vs. Mercedes G63 AMG on the Drag Strip

Top Speed G-Class - Sun, 16/11/2014 - 06:00


Sometimes it’s hard to comprehend just how fast electric cars can be. Take for example, this Tesla Modes S P85. It sits side by side with a twin-turbocharged V-8 lurking inside a Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG. Don’t forget that V-8 pumps out an impressive 536 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque through a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission and a four-wheel-drive system. However, as this video shows, things aren’t always as they seem.

The Tesla’s 85-kWh battery pumps out 416 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, which is good enough for a 0-to-60-mph run of four seconds and a quarter-mile time in the 12-second range. Around town, the battery has enough juice for a leisurely 265-mile drive on a single charge. That’s immensely impressive considering the Model S can carry five adults and two smaller children.

Without spoiling the outcome, both high-performance machines give it all they got once the Christmas tree turns green. Its also extremely odd to consider just how different these two are. One is a bygone German military machine with modern luxury aspirations with a thirst for dead dino blood while the other is a modern take on the electric car built wholly inside the United States by American workers for the purpose of conserving natural resources and promoting environmental awareness.

It’s sort of ironic that these vehicles’ exterior colors match their stark differences to a tee.

Video: Tesla Model S P85 Vs. Mercedes G63 AMG on the Drag Strip originally appeared on topspeed.com on Sunday, 16 November 2014 06:00 EST.

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Dartz Prombron Black Shark

Top Speed G-Class - Sat, 25/10/2014 - 12:00


I don’t know many cars that invite the kind fear that comes with seeing a Dartz Prombron barreling toward you in your rearview mirror. Lest we all forget, the Promboron is the all-conquering, military grade assault vehicle from the demented minds of Latvian manufacturer Dartz. On its own, the Prombron is already going to make your stomach quiver. But Dartz just had to create a special edition Black Shark "Spy Grey" model that’s as frightening as its name implies.

The model itself is based on a Mercedes-Benz GL-Class. That’s a good thing because we won’t have to assume that it’s actually from another world entirely. But being based on the GL-Class is the only thing ‘ordinary’ about the Prombron Black Shark ‘Spy Grey’.

Everything about it speaks to the level of lunacy Dartz tries to share to the world. It’s got enough military-grade features to become an assault vehicle in its own right. It’s got a 6.0-liter, V-12 engine that’s been tuned to produce ungodly amounts of power. Heck, it even has electrochromatic privacy windows that I don’t even know how to properly encapsulate without getting little tinges in my arms.

In essence, the Dartz Prombron Black Shark is the car we all dream of owning. There’s nothing exotic about the Prombron Black Shark other than the fact that owning one will put you in the same class as fictional dictators from the fictional country of Wadiya.

Hardly the company to be proud of, but if it means sharing in the joys of the Prombron, none of that should even matter.

Click past the jump to read more about the Dartz Prombron Black Shark.

Dartz Prombron Black Shark originally appeared on topspeed.com on Saturday, 25 October 2014 12:00 EST.

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Mercedes-Benz G-Class Edition 35

Top Speed G-Class - Tue, 14/10/2014 - 14:00


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.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz G-Class Edition 35.

Mercedes-Benz G-Class Edition 35 originally appeared on topspeed.com on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 14:00 EST.

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Mercedes G65 AMG

Top Speed G-Class - Wed, 03/09/2014 - 11:00


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.

At least that’s what Automotive News claims, quoting "company sources." The outlet also adds the G65 AMG will fetch more than $250,000, nearly double the base price of the G63 AMG, which retails from $135,700. Ouch!

Note: European model pictured here.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Mercedes G65 AMG.

Mercedes G65 AMG originally appeared on topspeed.com on Wednesday, 3 September 2014 11:00 EST.

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Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6 By Carlsson

Top Speed G-Class - Thu, 07/08/2014 - 12:00


The six-wheeled Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG is beyond ridiculous — either in a good or bad way, depending on your specific taste. Based on the 2014 G-Class, but with a host of upgrades, the 6x6 has five differentials, a $615,000 price tag, and off-road credentials that would make an original Army-spec Hummer H1 go weak in the knees. This isn’t stopping Carlsson, a well-known and popular Mercedes-Benz tuner, from upping the game even more, combining a healthy power upgrade along with special, customized interior trimmings to make the G63 AMG 6x6 even more over-the-top, if that’s possible.

The G-Class lineup is already a venerable, capable, and trendy offering, with record-breaking sales. This is impressive, considering this is basically a platform from 1979. That’s right; other than chassis and styling upgrades — along with plenty of modern, Mercedes-Benz luxury added in — you’re looking at an almost 40-year-old design.

Add another $500,000 in off-road hardware and upgrades, and things are bound to get interesting. But that’s just not enough for Carlsson.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mercedes G63 6x6 By Carlsson.

Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6 By Carlsson originally appeared on topspeed.com on Thursday, 7 August 2014 12:00 EST.

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Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6 By Carlsson

Top Speed G-Class - Thu, 07/08/2014 - 12:00


The six-wheeled Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG is beyond ridiculous — either in a good or bad way, depending on your specific taste. Based on the 2014 G-Class, but with a host of upgrades, the 6x6 has five differentials, a $615,000 price tag, and off-road credentials that would make an original Army-spec Hummer H1 go weak in the knees. This isn’t stopping Carlsson, a well-known and popular Mercedes-Benz tuner, from upping the game even more, combining a healthy power upgrade along with special, customized interior trimmings to make the G63 AMG 6x6 even more over-the-top, if that’s possible.

The G-Class lineup is already a venerable, capable, and trendy o