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Mercedes-AMG G 63 & G 65 Exclusive editions announced

September 4, 2017

Mercedes-AMG G 63 ad G 65 Exclusive editions have been announced, likely coming in as the last hurrah for the current generation performance G-Class.

As we know, Mercedes is hard at work developing the next-gen G-Class, with various prototypes spotted over the past 12 months or so. Fans needn’t worry though, the new model is set to continue its current, heavy-duty personality and rugged, boxy body style.

Back to the Exclusive editions though, the G 63 and G 65 are offered in an optional (and exclusive) Monza grey magno paint finish, along with some 21-inch five twin-spoke alloy wheels in black, and side rub strips with carbon fibre inserts. Some racing stripes on the sides and a stainless steel protection plate at the front completes the cosmetic changes.

For the interior, the otherwise optional designo Exclusive package comes as standard. It includes two-tone leather for the instrument panel, with matching AMG sports seats also in two-tone Nappa leather. Buyers have six different colour combinations to choose from, along with either carbon fibre or black designo piano lacquer trimmings.

No changes are made to the engines. But that’s not a bad thing. In the G 63 is a beastly 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 developing 420kW and 760Nm. It’s able to dust off 0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds. As for the G 65, it comes with a more majestic 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 developing 463kW and 1000Nm. Acceleration from 0-100km/h comes up in just 5.2 seconds.

These two are very likely to be the last iterations before the all-new model arrives. As far as we know, the new model will hit the market some time next year with an initial reveal expected in the next six months or so.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.