History of the special models.
In the over 40-year model history of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, the special models particularly stand out. We’re taking a look back through history at past special models, all the way to the new one — the Mercedes-AMG G 63 4x4².
The special models are highlights in G-Class history. We’re taking you on a journey through the previous milestones of these spectacular vehicles and can already reveal at this point that we have a new special variant up our sleeve.
All Mercedes-Benz G-Class special models have one thing in common: they are exceptional, exclusive, and limited. Regardless of whether they are daredevils, squares or luxury liners — they each conquer every type of terrain with their own unique capabilities and performance.
Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6x6
What makes this special model’s performance unique? The vehicle’s absolute robustness, functionality and outstanding off-road capability come from the tried-and-tested construction kit of the G-Class models. At the same time, the Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6x6 combines outstanding engine technology and a luxurious and comfortable interior.
The Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6x6, launched in 2013, conquers challenges off the beaten track without compromise. Its performance and features are in a class of their own: with 400 kW of power, six driven wheels, off-road reduction in the transfer case, portal axles, five differentials that can be locked while driving and a tyre pressure control system that operates at world record speed, the G 63 AMG 6x6 is equipped for all topographical and meteorological challenges.
Imposing and dynamic.
The voluminous tyres, high ground clearance, overall height of almost 2.40 metres with a width of a good 2.20 metres and a length of around 5.80 metres create an imposing appearance. The special model also impresses with fascinating acceleration from zero to one hundred in 7.9 seconds. The AMG 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine plays a key role in this - it achieves a maximum output of 400 kW (544 hp) and a torque of 760 Newton metres.
Among its highlights is a newly developed portal axle transmission, in which the wheels are positioned significantly lower than usual in the centre of the axle. This increases the ground clearance to almost half a metre. Since this special model has independent axle suspension, all three rigid axles work autonomously to ensure the best possible grip.
The special beadlock wheels also make it possible to reduce tyre pressure to such an extent that the pressure exerted by the G 63 AMG 6x6 on the ground is merely equivalent to the contact surface of a person of normal weight. No other off-road vehicle has ever come close to achieving such a minimal level.
No design compromises.
Its design and interior alone catch everyone’s eye: highlights include the AMG-typical “Twin Blade” radiator grille, the panel with integrated LED light strips above the windscreen, the large central colour display, designo leather seats and a special centre console in the rear.
Mercedes-Benz G 500 4x4²
The G-Class squared.
Take the superior all-wheel-drive powertrain including the portal axles of the 6x6 — minus one axle — and combine the whole thing with a newly developed variable chassis and the standard G-Class body — and you have the ultimate all-rounder!
Square with turbo.
Permanent all-wheel drive, an off-road reduction in the transfer case, portal axles and three differentials that can be locked while driving create merciless driving dynamics under all conditions. The portal axles, developed for versatile applications, are the technical highlight of the G 500 4x4². This increases the ground clearance to 450 millimetres and the fording depth to 1,000 millimetres.
Outstanding power, targeted lightweight construction, and high efficiency — this perfectly describes the 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine. It produces 310 kW (422 hp) of power and develops a maximum torque of 610 Newton metres. This eight-cylinder engine uses biturbo charging in which the two chargers are not located outside of the cylinder banks, but in between them in the cylinder V — the so-called “hot inner V”. The advantages speak for themselves: compact engine design and optimal response. In addition, the NANOSLIDE® technology cylinder liners are twice as hard as conventional grey cast iron liners, minimising internal friction and fuel consumption and allowing for maximum mileage.
From a gentle roar at idle to a sonorous growl at partial load to an emphatic thump when accelerating under full load — the typical “G” sound is modulated by the double sidepipes on both sides in front of the rear wheels.
The G 500 4x4² special model is also visually impressive with its voluminous tyres, enormous distance to the ground, height of just under 2.25 metres with a width of just under 2.20 metres and its clear, linear design. Interior highlights are its exclusive ambience with the designo Exclusive Package and DINAMICA upholstered seats and door panels.
Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet
The off-road luxury liner.
With the Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet, the off-road icon proves that unique luxury can always be further elevated and refined. The “G” keeps reinventing itself and once again shows the potential that still lies in this off-road classic, which has been in production since 1979.
Driving in style
With its superior V12 engine, portal axles, electric soft top, and exclusive features in the rear, this very special off-roader — limited to just 99 vehicles — surpasses all standards. The open-top G-Class is the first off-roader by the Mercedes-Maybach sub-brand and probably the most exclusive way to travel in style in the open air.
Built for wellbeing
With a length of 5,345 millimetres, a wheelbase of 3,428 millimetres, a height of 2,235 millimetres, almost half a metre of ground clearance and ample space for four passengers, the Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet is a spectacular variant of the G-Class. The first-class rear seats with the ENERGIZING massage function and the business console with cooling function offer a particularly high level of comfort.
In addition to luxury and comfort, the Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet also offers unforgettable automotive experiences away from paved surfaces. The portal axles also used in the G 63 AMG 6x6 and G 500 4x4² provide ample ground clearance of 450 millimetres. The most powerful engine available, the V12 biturbo engine developed by Mercedes-AMG with a maximum output of 463 kW (630 hp) and a maximum torque of 1,000 Newton metres, ensures a high level of driving comfort.
The luxurious character of the Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet is enhanced by the high-quality designo upholstery with diamond quilting. In addition, electrically extendable entry aids facilitate access to the exquisite vehicle. Large wing flares and the spare wheel mounted on the rear right side are further exclusive design elements.