Special and unique Mercedes G-Class to celebrate anniversary

The special new Mercedes AMG 63 Edition 55.

The special new Mercedes AMG 63 Edition 55.

To mark the 55th anniversary of AMG, Mercedes-Benz has launched a new G-Class Edition 55 model which is now available to order on international markets and through its Irish dealer network until October.

No price is yet available for this special model locally, though, in accordance with custom and practice in such cases, one as specialised and individualised as the G 63, it is likely to be calculable at time of order, varying from one customer to another in accordance with the level of extras, optional items and final specifications as may be required in each case.

For a ball-park figure, I would expect one would need about €300,000 in order to join this exclusive club. Within the world of Mercedes-Benz, the G-Class is truly unique.

Though not as prominent on Irish roads as its more fashionable, more luxurious stablemates, G-Class enjoys something akin to cult status among a worldwide fan base hooked on its design, rugged good looks and muscular off-road capability.

Comfortable on the slippery slopes and the flooded byways, G-Class is aimed at the ‘go anywhere, go everywhere’ owners with a regular need to reach out-of-the-way locations, in all weather and in all conditions.

In its latest G 63 Edition 55 guise, customers are offered what Mercedes calls ‘"the highest possible individuality and exclusivity". Power comes from a 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine with 430kW (585hp ) and 850Nm maximum torque with a WLTP combined fuel consumption figure of 16.0 l/100km, with combined CO2 emissions of 363g/km. Other tech features include a 40:60 ratio all-wheel drive with three differential locks, fast- shifting nine-speed automatic transmission, double-wishbone independent front suspension with adaptive adjustable damping that accounts for on and off surfaced roads.

Underpinning its appeal as a performance SUV is its powerful drive, AMG ride control suspension, AMG-specific driving programmes and a luxurious interior.

Key features include its colour choice (one being obsidian black metallic ), styling touches (one being its 22-inch, cross-spoke forged wheels with matt grey finish ), colour coordination (as in its contrasting black and red interior ), and trim elements (such as its chrome fuel filler cap and door sills ), plus a number of special items, such as AMG Night packages, and an optional extras package.

Described by Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Ireland, as "a suitably iconic vehicle" with which to mark 55 years of AMG, he says: “In the G 63 Edition 55, Mercedes-AMG has produced a model that will be celebrated the world over and carry the AMG brand’s highly successful performance and sports car story to new heights…literally.”


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