Let’s Remember The 5 Ultimate Versions Of The G-Class Ever Made, On The Farewell Of The V8 G-Class!

Well, there is no doubt that the G-Class is one of the most iconic Mercedes-Benz models ever produced, which is also popular among celebrities and the masses because it has a proper old-school mafia body style. It also looks different from the other Mercedes-Benz cars in the line-up, and recently Mercedes-Benz rolled out their 500,000th G-Class as a show car, which got a similar look to the 1st W460 G-Class, which came in 1979. And a few days back, Mercedes-Benz also said goodbye to the V8-powered G 500 and the G 63 AMG. And, here we have discussed 5 of the most unique and ultimate versions of G-Class ever made.

Mercedes-Benz G 500 3-Door Hard-Top & G 500 2-Door Cabriolet

The 3-door and the soft-top 2-door convertible G-Class are 2 one of the quirkiest and the most unique-looking versions, where the convertible version was on sale since the early 80s, but the 3-door hard-top version came in the early 90s, and these were produced in small numbers. In the cabriolet, the soft-top can be opened or closed manually, which was able to cover the whole rear seat area and the top of the driver and the co-passenger, the 3-door version had only 2-doors for the driver, co-passenger and rear passengers, with the 3rd door as a tailgate, but both these versions compromised on the practicality and boot space, so Mercedes-Benz had decided to discontinue the 3-door version in the early 2000s, and the cabriolet in 2014.

Mercedes-AMG G 65

Back in 2015, Mercedes thought that the V8 AMG G 63 was not that powerful, so they went completely mad and revealed the most powerful G-Class ever produced to date, the G 65 AMG, powered with a handmade 6.0L twin-turbo V12, generating 621hp and a whopping 1000Nm of peak torque paired with a 7-speed DCT, which sends power to all 4-wheels, being this powerful, the G 65 AMG can only manage to reach from 0-100kmph in 5.1 seconds, which is not that quick as compared to the other V8 powered AMG vehicles in the line-up, but still, it sets a benchmark for the Mercedes-AMG to fit a big-fat V12 engine in a car, who’s core purpose is meant to tackle rough terrains. And in 2017, they said goodbye to the G 65 AMG by producing its last edition of 65 units, the G 65 AMG Final Edition.

Mercedes-Benz G500 4X4²

In 2015, when the G65 AMG came out, Mercedes-Benz launched another special version of the G-Class, as the ultimate off-road version of the standard G500 SUV, known as the G500 4X4², which was the G-Class on steroids, also known as the “Extreme G”, got a proper factory-fitted off-road lift kit, which increased its ground clearance by 240mm, with an approach angle of 52 degrees and the departure angle of 54 degrees and, gets twin-coil over suspension on all 4-wheels, the G 500 4X4² by a 4.0L twin-turbo V8 same as in the G500, generating 412hp and 610Nm of peak torque, powering all 4-wheels via a 7-speed DCT, only 500 units ever made worldwide.

Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet

If the 621hp Bi-turbo G 65 AMG makes no sense to you, don’t worry because in the same year, when Mercedes-Benz said G65 AMG goodbye, they went even crazier and revealed the Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet, which was basically a limited edition of a 5-door convertible G-Class with Maybach treatment, limited to only 99 units, each priced at an eyewatering $1.5 Million, and the whole body is sitting on the lift-kit borrowed from the G500 4X4², the G 650 Landaulet was also powered with a 6.0L twin-turbo V12 as the G 65 AMG, pumping out same 621hp and 1000Nm of torque, but was indulged in the lap of ultimate luxury.

Mercedes-AMG G63 6X6

In the future, if anybody talks about the G-Class, the AMG G3 6X6 will always be remembered because the 6X6 is the pinnacle of the G-Class in the history of automobiles and is also a wet dream of every enthusiast who dreams about owning a G-Class in his/her life, well if we talk about it, the G63 6X6 is the ultimate version of the pre-facelifted W463 G63 AMG, which has 6X6 in a pick-up truck silhouette, came in 2013 and the G500 4X4² is a smaller version of the G63 6X6. the G63 6X6 has a proper off-road lift kit as in the G500 4X4² but with 6-wheels, has a water wading capacity of 1 meter, has 5 locking diffs, got buttons to inflate or deflate all 6 tyres as per how the terrain is, and has a twin-turbo V8, which is not as quick as the normal G63, but got enough torque to pull over 4 tonnes of weight.

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