Mercedes-Benz South Africa has revealed pricing for a special new “Stronger Than Time” edition of its Mercedes-AMG G63.
Conceived to celebrate 40 years of the G-Class nameplate and two decades of AMG-badged variants, the fresh special-edition model features a number of model-specific design tweaks.
So, how much are we looking at here? Well, tick the “Stronger Than Time” box and some R480 300 will be added to the price (interestingly, also forcing the R18 000 “assistance package” to be specified), taking the total for this special Geländewagen model to R3 282 043.
You’re no doubt wondering what you score for the extra outlay. Well, the package includes a dark chrome finish for the grille, as well as a matte-chrome finish for items such as the running boards, side-exit tailpipes, side-mirror caps, bumper trim elements (front and rear), the underguard, inserts in the side protective strips and elements of the spare wheel cover.
The upgrade furthermore includes 22-inch AMG cross-spoke forged wheels, which are painted a combination of matt silver and matte black, and feature a high-sheen finish. The 10 J x 22-dimensioned wheels are fitted with tyres in the size of 295/40 R22.
From what we understand, paint colours available for the Stronger Than Time edition are limited to a handful of “G manufaktur” hues (such as dark blue, graphite metallic, night black magno, diamond white bright and the pictured platinum magno), as well as obsidian black metallic. The ring on the spare wheel cover is also finished in the vehicle colour.
Inside, you’ll find “G manufaktur” two-tone black/titanium grey pearl Nappa leather and AMG carbon-fibre trim elements. The grab handles and instrument panel (black at the top and titanium grey pearl at the bottom) are also trimmed in Nappa leather. In addition, the special model projects the words “Stronger Than Time” onto the ground when the door is opened, with the lettering repeated on the insert of the grab handle on the front passenger side.
No changes have been made under the bonnet, with Affalterbach’s twin-turbo 4,0-litre V8 offering an unchanged 430 kW and 850 N.m to all four wheels via a nine-speed automatic transmission.
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