Is the G63 Also Gone?
Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a special edition of the G500, dubbed the “Final Edition.” Unfortunately, this limited-run of 1,500 units will be the last G500s to be fitted with a V8 engine. This follows a similar move from Mercedes earlier this year when they released a limited-edition of several models.
This distinct G-Class, however, is not just commemorating farewells. It has also been designed to honour the V8-driven G-Class as it first instituted the joining of its distinguished off-road vehicle together with an eight-cylinder motor three decades ago. The 500 GE initially launched in 1993, attributing the legendary 4×4 SUV permanently with the sound of a rousing V8. Between 1993 and 1994, only 446 were fabricated, thus renders the prior automobile even more exclusive.
“As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the G500, we are pleased to present the Final Edition as a special gift,” states Dr. Emmerich Schiller, head of the Off-Road Vehicle Division at Mercedes-Benz. “When it was first introduced in 1993, the G500 was a trendsetter and a sign of what was to come in the world of luxury off-roaders.”
“Featuring its distinct equipment, the limited edition model is also an appropriate farewell present from the V8 biturbo engine in the G500.”
To differentiate the Final Edition from its common cousin, only three colors are provided, and a limited amount of 500 for each will be produced. These options incorporate Obsidian Black, Manufaktur Opalith White Magno, and the Manufaktur Olive Magno. Also included is a set of 20-inch AMG five-spokes which come custom coloured to match the car’s exterior finish; other than that, they are generally finished with a black coat.
Exterior features of the vehicle include “Stronger Than Time” and “Final Edition” badges, door handles with an embossed logo, and puddle lamps that project the iconic “G” logo onto the ground, accompanied by the “Stronger Than Time” lettering. Additionally, the key includes a silver coin insert, allowing you to flaunt your car even when it is not nearby.
The spare wheel is adorned with a ring of high-gloss chrome, and other body parts are given the same treatment. To complete the look, you’ll receive an indoor car cover that proclaims “Stronger Than Time”.
Step inside the G-Class and you’ll be greeted by “Final Edition” lettering on the illuminated door sills. Reach out for the handle and you’ll find all the standard features that make this car so special. You’ll also have access to some of the most luxurious options available on a regular G-Class, such as the high-end Burmester surround sound system and the Active Multicontour Seat Package Plus.
The concluding edition obtains the entire Manufaktur leather collection, featuring leather covering in the rear storage area, atop the interior ceiling, as well as for the control switches responsible for seat alterations. In addition, the hub of the roof lining and seats with a diamond-shaped layout are also tinted suitably. The Opalith White Magno possesses platinum white/black two-hued coating, while the Obsidian Black splays out titanium grey pearl and black. The Olive Magno pictured here boasts an espresso brown/ebony finish.
Reflecting on its beginnings, the 500 GE was equipped with a 5.0-litre normally-aspirated V8 motor which only created 237 horsepower and 377 lb-ft of torque. Moving forward to the modernised 2023 G500/G550 in the USA, this is fuelled by the renowned Mercedes-AMG G63’s 4.0-Litre twin-turbocharged V8, detuned slightly to 416 hp and 450 lb-ft respectively.
The 500 GE required a relaxed 11.4 seconds to arrive at 62 mph, however its modern equivalent can get there in near six seconds. Nevertheless, it should be praised since, without the 500 GE, we wouldn’t have the G-Class as it is today. Unfortunately, the upcoming EQG has an anomaly because it makes no noise.
One may be tempted to inquire that does this indicate the G63 has been eradicated? We don’t assume so. Thecommuniqué was written cautiously, signifying this news pertains only to the base variant and not to the AMG edition.
The Last Edition will retail at an astonishing 196,350 euros in Europe, the equivalent of $215,015! Surprisingly, this price is even higher than that of the high-end Mercedes-AMG G63 in the US.