Mercedes has managed to elevate one of its most utilitarian models to luxury status, but those familiar with the G-Class - or really anyone who's ever even seen one - will know that the Geländewagen is a true workhorse if there ever was one. Stripped of its luxury accoutrements, the G-Class is sold to military forces and government bodies as the 461 series. And Mercedes was, for a time, glad to sell the bare-bones G-Wagen to private customers as well, but the latest word is that it will no longer.
While the luxed-out 463 model is offered in these United States with a choice of V8 engines, the 461 (since its reappearance on the private customer market in 2010) has been offered only with a 3.0-liter V6 diesel... and little else. We're not sure exactly how these things work since the AMG versions would seem to be the biggest offenders, but a new report from Car and Driver says the bare-bones G-Wagen has fallen prey to constricting emissions regulations.
That would make this model's discontinuation (or at least disappearance from the consumer market) different from the demise of the convertible version, which was killed off mostly due to lack of interest. So if you want a Geländewagen now, you'll just have to go for the fully-equipped model - or make a new friend at your defense department's procurement office.
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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...
Click past the jump to read more about the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG by GSC.