The new 2016 Mansory Mercedes-Benz G63 Sahara Edition is one of the most powerful off-road vehicle. While Mercedes-Benz’s G class models aren’t exactly stunners, this doesn’t mean that any kind of tampering with them will make them more beautiful than they are.
Mansory, Swiss tuning division decided to try exactly that and results are disputable. Some people will like Mensory Mercedes-Benz G63 Sahara Edition, while others won’t exactly like what they see, to put it mildly.
2016 Mansory Mercedes-Benz G63 Sahara Edition Engine
Powertrain remains unchanged to some extent, while from the other side of view, it definitely offers a lot of differences. The same 5.5L biturbo V-8 unit from regular G63 has been carried over, but differences come in terms of figures. Mansory engineers have boosted the original mill to 828 horsepower and 737 pound feet of torque which should make the SUV a lot quicker off the line than it currently is. This means that 5.5 seconds from 0 to 62 mph are somewhat outdated when it comes to Sahara Edition.
|Bore x stroke||82.6 x 93.0 mm|
|Output||450 kW (828 hp) at 4300–5600 rpm|
|Max. torque||1000 Nm at 2300–4300 rpm*|
|Fuel consumption;NEDC combined||17.0 l/100 km|
|CO2 emissions||397 g/km|
|Top speed||230 km/h*|
Design – Inside and Outside look
First thing that catches (or blinds) the eye is Mercedes-Benz G63 Sahara Edition’s paint job. Fully camouflaged military paintwork is either a thing you’ll like or run away from. Apart from that, Sahara Edition doesn’t get too many details that differ too much compared to the regular model. Instead of Mercedes’ star, you’ll see Mansory’s M. Circular headlights get three green laser stripes, while hood gets a scoop. Bumper and grille are most in-tune with production models.
Midsection is pretty much carried over, apart from 22-inch alloy wheels which differ depending on a side from which you look at the SUV. Driver’s side features traditional double 5-spoke wheels, while passenger’s side gets 22-spoke wheels. Rear end gets a spare tire mounted on a tailgate which is a true testament to some long-gone Jeeps, and finally, front roofline gets four roof-mounted circular lights to further light the way.
Interior looks more relaxed, but still has plenty of wacky details. Even though SUV’s are infantry support vehicles when it comes to army, Mercedes-Benz G63 Sahara Edition gets plenty of aviary details. Falcons on the headrests will keep you company, while their wings and feathers are projected across the cabin including seats, door panels and dashboard alike.
Instrument cluster is heavy and basically unchanged. This means that feature list is also unchanged compared to Mercedes’ own G63. This, further means, that Sahara Edition is as safe vehicle as they come.
Mansory Mercedes-Benz G63 Sahara Edition Price
We know that additional 292 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque do wonders with Mansory G63’s performance, and particularly acceleration, but we also know that this kind of inflation in power output figures means lower fuel economy.
By how much, we don’t know, but expect a hefty dip compared to regular model’s 12 mpg in the city and 14 mpg on the highway. Finally, there’s no info about this tuned SUV’s price, but since base model costs around $140,000, all this extra work has to amount to at least $200,000.
Mercedes-Benz G63 Sahara Edition is either something you’ll like or you won’t. It is quite kitschy, there’s no doubt about that, but Swiss know what they are doing and they’ll surely find their clients for this car.