Over the years, we’ve seen our fair share of radical makeovers for the indestructible G-Class. Even Mercedes had some fun with the off-road legend by coming out with bonkers limited-edition versions such as the G63 6x6 and the G500 4x42. Tuners have always found a way to radically transform the iconic SUV into something truly insane, and Mansory has been at the forefront of wild G-Wagen makeovers.
Their latest kit started off in life as a new-generation G63, and with help from German fashion designer Phillip Plein, it quickly turned into a ludicrous project. Originally unveiled back in March at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the “Star Trooper” is an exercise in excess – from the “50 shades of gray” camouflage to the 24-inch wheels, from the red LED lights to the carbon fiber aftermarket body parts.
Gallery: Mercedes-AMG G63 by Mansory and Philipp Plein
Then there’s the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine, which has been massaged to deliver a whopping 850 horsepower and 1,000 Newton-meters (737 pound-feet) of torque by installing bigger turbos, a high-performance exhaust, remapped ECU, and other mods. With the newly gained muscles, the G63 goes from 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) in only 3.5 seconds en route to an electronically governed 155 mph (250 kph).
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Just about every surface on the inside has been restyled, up to the point there’s a “starlight headliner” in the same vein as on a Rolls-Royce and a button on the roof to control the LED light bar on top of the vehicle. An abundance of leather dominates the interior and is combined with red contrasting stitching and a heavy dose of carbon fiber.
A total of 20 G63s will be sacrificed to become the “Star Trooper” available at Mansory from an eye-watering €550,000 (about $613,100 at current exchange rates).
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