Mercedes-Benz bids farewell to the G500 V8 model in a manner befitting its legendary status. With a rich heritage spanning over 30 years, the G-Class has become synonymous with performance, luxury, and off-road prowess. In 1993, Mercedes embarked on a significant transformation by partnering with AMG to build the first test vehicles in Affalterbach. This collaboration resulted in the creation of the 500 GE, marking a pivotal moment in the history of this iconic G-Wagen. The 500 GE was given a proven eight-cylinder engine from the brand's passenger car range, and it was subsequently introduced at the 1993 Geneva Motor Show. This V8 engine is capable of delivering 237bhp of power and 375Nm of torque from a displacement of 4,973cc. Fast forward to 2023, Mercedes-Benz is celebrating the G500's 30th birthday with a limited production of 1,500 units, which also signifies the end of an era for the twin-turbo V8 engine in the G500 model.
Mercedes-Benz G500 Final Edition: Exterior, Interior
The Mercedes-Benz G500 Final Edition is offered in 3 colour variants, each limited to 500 units. Prospective buyers can choose between Obsidian Black, Opalith White Mango, and Olive Magno paint options. Adding to this is a 'Final Edition' decal, together with a chrome contour for the spare wheel cover.
The G500 Final Edition sits on 20-inch AMG light-alloy wheels that have a 5-twin-spoke design and are painted in the body colour if you go for the Olive Magno paint option. For the other 2 variants, the wheels are available in black. On offer are also embossed logos on the doorknobs. The door sill trims and the passenger grab handles bear 'Final Edition' lettering, also found on the back of the key. The iconic G logo and the phrase 'Stronger than Time' are also projected onto the floor when stationary. Buyers also get an exclusive indoor car cover with 'Stronger than Time lettering - protecting the vehicle from dust and scratches.
The use of Nappa leather throughout the interior creates a sense of refinement and opulence. Not only is the seating area adorned with this premium material but even the luggage department and the panel for seat adjustment switches are lavishly covered in leather. Furthermore, the off-roader also includes the Burmester surround sound system, two-tone seats, and a leather headliner with the centre section coloured to match the seat centre panel.
Mercedes-Benz G500 Final Edition: Drivetrain
At its heart is a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that remains unchanged, but its power output has been increased compared to its predecessor, the 500 GE. With an impressive 416bhp and 610Nm, the engine delivers a dynamic driving experience. In contrast, the original GE made do with a modest 237bhp. This boost in power demonstrates the advancements & improvements made in engine technology, resulting in a punchier performance.
Mercedes-Benz G500 Final Edition: Pricing and Other Details
The Mercedes-Benz G500 Final Edition is available at an asking price of € 1,96,350 (roughly Rs 1.75 Crore, ex-showroom). The automotive brand will manufacture the V8-powered G500 Final Edition starting September 2023 until March 2024.