With the new generation of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class expected to be unveiled sometime in 2017, a lot of people are already getting thrilled and excited on how the next-gen would work and look like. This could be mainly because the current generation of the G Class has been so well-accepted and well-liked. In fact, the current generation of the G Class has been in existence since 1990 and a replacement model has yet to be unveiled by Mercedes-Benz. Since then, the G Class has been one of the favorite vehicles that aftermarket tuners have wanted to modify.
One of these tuners is Germany-based tuning company Mansory. This known tuner was able to create a wide body chassis program for the Mercedes-Benz G Class, making the SUV look more aggressive yet ruggedly handsome on the road and off the road. This wide body chassis program includes extensions and carbon fiber components, as complemented by dynamic alloy wheels, an elegant interior and a significant bump in performance. All of these improvements could also be fitted on the Mercedes G350, G500, G63, and G65.
So, what do we specifically get? Well, the G wide body kit from Mansory includes carbon fiber fender flares, front and rear bumper as well as door skins. Once fitted, the G wide body kit – available at a starting price of EUR18,900 excluding value added tax -- extends the serial chassis of the G Class by around 40 mm (or 20 mm on each side). For those who think that the kit isn’t good enough, they could have their G Class fitted with carbon fiber hood, roof panel and a roof spoiler. They could also choose between two or four position lights. These carbon fiber elements could be further complemented by carbon fiber rear-view mirror housing, headlight covers, door handles, and A pillar paneling.
If these are not enough, customers could have their G Class ride on large alloy wheels measuring 21 inches, 22 inches, or 23 inches. For discerning clients, Mansory is offering special 23-inch M8 double-spoke light alloy wheels with a wheel hub cover that is always horizontally aligned. These wheels could be wrapped in 305/35R23 tires.
Of course, the interior of the G Class could be customized by Mansory according to the wishes of customers. Masonry employs the finest materials in carbon and Alcantara leather to make the interior of the G Class more suitable to customers’ taste, like on its seats, dashboard, headliner and carpet fittings.
The changes are of course not complete without any revisions to the engine of the G Class. For instance, Masonry tuned the bi-turbo 5.5-liter V8 engine in the AMG G63 to develop more power than its usual output of 563 hp (420 kW) and torque of 560 lb.-ft. (760 Nm). In particular, Masonry fitted racing elements on the V8 engine like racing engine pistons, cylinder head, connecting rod bearings, connecting rods and crankshaft. Moreover, this engine is provided with a newly designed exhaust system with double stainless-steel tailpipes. These upgrades allowed the V8 engine to deliver an output of 840 hp (618 kW) and an electronically restricted torque of 848 lb-ft (1,150 Nm).