Mercedes updates G-Class with exceptional 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8
Mercedes-Benz's classic off-roader is beginning a new chapter of its success story which spans more than 35 years. All engines are compliant with the latest Euro 6 emissions standard. A new suspension setup, together with more sensitive ESP control results in increased driving stability, safety and road comfort. The exterior and interior have also been given an upgrade. At the same time, an exclusive AMG special edition will be available. A new 4.0-litre directly injected V8 biturbo is now celebrating its world premiere in the G-Class.
The new 8-cylinder powerplant in the G 500 can point to an exclusive heritage. It is based on the new generation of Mercedes-AMG V8 engines that have already coaxed exceptional levels of performance out of the Mercedes-AMG GT and Mercedes-AMG C 63. For use in the G-Class, the V8 has been modified to deliver 310 kW (422 hp) with torque of 610 Nm. Two turbochargers are arranged in the hot inside V which allows a compact design, optimal response low exhaust emissions, a spontaneous response and high tractive power.
High efficiency is ensured by Mercedes-Benz's use of piezo direct petrol injection with spray-guided combustion. Maximum strength with lowest possible weight is guaranteed by the aluminium crankcase of the V8 engine. The cylinder bore surfaces feature Daimler's Nanoslide technology, which makes them twice as hard as conventional cast-iron linings. This minimises both internal friction and fuel demand. The G 350 d benefits from a hike in output from 155 kW/211 hp to 180 kW/245 hp, with its torque climbing from 540 to 600 Nm.
The G 350 d, G 500 and AMG G 63 are equipped as standard with an ECO start/stop function that reduces fuel consumption and emissions by switching off the engine when the vehicle is at rest, e.g. in a traffic jam or at traffic lights. The new models retain the familiar sturdy basis of body and ladder-type frame, which still offers generous reserves to cope with the increased power. Also retained is permanent all-wheel drive, low-range gearbox and three differential locks that can be engaged/disengaged on the move.
Visually, the new G 350 d and G 500 models are easy to identify by their restyled bumpers and now standard AMG flared wheel arches in the colour of the vehicle. The G 350 d now also comes as standard with 45.7 cm (18-inch) five-spoke light-alloy wheels. On the inside, the G 350 d and G 500 feature an eye-catching instrument cluster in two-tube look with 11.4 cm multifunction display and redesigned pointers and dials. The two AMG models also sport a redesigned instrument cluster. A new colour package is available for even more personal look. ■
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