2013 IAA: Mansory G 55 AMG-based G-Couture SUV at Frankfurt [Live Photos]

Article by Anita Panait, on September 14, 2013

The auto refiner Mansory is offering a seven-unit limited edition luxury vehicle based on the Mercedes-Benz G 55 AMG – the G-Couture. A luxury vehicle class of its own right, the G-Couture does not impresses with its looks but only with its technical aspect. For instance, the G-Couture luxury SUV has its entire exterior – including the lower window edge and the roof -- are made of carbon, known for its excellent lightness and strength.

To further improve the quality of this ultra-light material, Mansory employed the autoclave-prepreg-method, in which the carbon is compressed strongly in a special pressure chamber that no more air inclusions remain in the material. This very cost-intensive method is typically employed in aviation and aerospace.

Mansory also paid special attention into modifying the SUV’s engine. The refiner replaced the majority of the engine components with high-performance parts from the Mercedes-Benz SLR, resulting to a G-Couture powerplant that provides up to 700 hp (515 kW) of output and 880 Nm of torque, compared with G 55 AMG’s 507 hp (373 kW) of output and 700 Nm of torque. The G-Couture boasts of riding on four high-performance tires Pirelli Scorpion with the dimension 305/35 R 23 fitted onto one-part 23-inch SUV-rims.

Together with VIP fashion designer Philipp Plein, the vehicle refiner MANSORY transforms the Mercedes-Benz G-class into a premium car class of its own in a limited release of just seven cars. Only very few individuals will have the capacity to appreciate this remarkable vehicle. The version is entirely limited to just seven cars.

Philipp Plein is famous around the globe for his fashion and furniture. Presently, he tailors a new suit for the Mercedes-Benz G 55 AMG along with the first-rate refiner MANSORY. In collaboration with the engineers in Brand near Bayreuth/Bavaria, the renowned designer has built up an exterior that typifies the naturally fearless character of all MANSORY vehicles.

The new custom-made suit of the G-model inspires both visually and technically. The whole exterior up to the lower window edge and the roof of the SUV are built of carbon. However, the ultra-light and high-quality material is insufficient for MANSORY and its desired distinctiveness. By utilizing the autoclave-prepreg-technique, the carbon is packed so powerfully in a distinct pressure chamber that no more air inclusions stay in the material.

Regularly, this processing technique is just utilized in aviation and aerospace, as it is extremely expensive. However expensive it maybe, MANSORY will never compromise its illustrious quality for lower costs..

The refiner additionally puts a similar highlight into the engine changes. MANSORY changes most of the segments with high-performance components from the Mercedes-Benz SLR. This broad alteration prompts an amazing 700 hp (515 kW) with the MANSORY G-Couture rather than the serial 507 hp (373 kW) of the G 55 AMG. The peak torque ascends from 700 to 880 Newton meters.

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