Before us is the latest iteration of the Mercedes-Benz G 500 SUV with a gasoline V8. Starting next year, the Germans intend to use an in-line “turbo-six” for the “500th”, and in parallel with this, a fully electric G-Class will be installed on the conveyor of the Magna plant. Coincidentally, the first V8 engine (then still 241-horsepower, but with an “honest” five liters of displacement, and not a 4.0-liter one, as it is now) was installed on the Gelendvagen back in 1993 (although the serial G 500 appeared five years later), so this year the model celebrates a kind of anniversary.
By the way, this is the second one, because in April the Magna plant produced the half-millionth G-Class. However, the new Final Edition doesn’t have many features: 20-inch wheels from the AMG package, “Final Edition” lettering on the spare wheel case, door handles, sills and dash bar, and “Stronger than time” lettering projected from the exterior mirror housings.
Of course, the farewell version could not do without rich equipment. All cars have, among other things, a Burmester audio system and multi-contour seats, and the interior is almost entirely sheathed in nappa leather. Another shareware option is a luggage compartment flooring made of polished cherry wood.
In total, 500 SUVs will be produced in three colors: an olive body with a matte effect in combination with a brown interior, black metallic with a gray-black interior, and matte white with a black and white interior trim. The black and white G 500 Final Edition wheels are completely black, while the olive interiors match the body color.
The price matches the occasion: 196,350 euros. For comparison, you can become the owner of a more powerful Mercedes-AMG G 63 (585 hp, 850 Nm) for 187,250 euros, while the price of a G 500 in the German configurator starts at 130,200 euros! By the way, no one is going to take away the G8 from AMG – at least not yet – however, a special version called the Grand Edition has been prepared for the G 63, and you will have to pay extra for it not 66,146, but some 41,160 euros (total 228,896 euros for the Gelendvagen).
There will only be a thousand of them. Although some tuning houses have already experimented with matte black and gold for the G 63, this is the first time such a solution has been applied from the factory. Golden Grand Edition has not only decals on the doors, but also 22-inch forged wheels, all exterior nameplates, part of the spare tire casing, inserts in mirror housings and bumper covers. The interior is upholstered in black nappa with gold stitching, and there are even copper fibers in the carbon fiber trim. Each buyer of the G 63 Grand Edition will be given a protective case – also golden. The steering wheel is upholstered in Dinamica suede fabric, and on the lower hub there is a nameplate with the model index and the AMG abbreviation.
There are not so many ways to spend even more – but they are! For example, the Performance package with the “maximum speed” increased to 240 km/h is not included in the price of the set: we add another 3,153 euros. A bundle of a TV tuner and two 10-inch touchscreen displays for rear passengers will cost 3689 euros, and 2856 euros will have to be paid for the “cherry” in the trunk. Finally, the pre-heater will cost 1630 euros, and the plastic ashtray – 54 euros. And how not to smoke here?