By Otsile Kadiege
30 years ago, Mercedes-Benz equipped the G-Class with an eight-cylinder engine for the first time – the 500 GE V8. It made its debut in an exclusive small series in 1993 and marked the first high point in a history of cultivated performance on and off the road. With the “Final Edition” Mercedes-Benz now celebrates the 30th birthday with a limited special model of the G 500.
G 500 Final Edition exterior styling
The “Final Edition” features 20-inch AMG light-alloy wheels in a 5-twin-spoke design, which are painted in the body colour and have a high-sheen finish in combination with the MANUFAKTUR olive magno paint finish. For the other two variants, they are black and have a high-sheen finish.
In addition, the special model features “FINAL EDITION” lettering, from the outer protective strip to the insert in the spare wheel cover. As part of the MANUFAKTUR logo package, doorknobs with an embossed logo complement the high-quality appearance of the “Final Edition”. There is also a logo projector in the exterior mirrors, which projects the “G” logo and the lettering “STRONGER THAN TIME” onto the asphalt when stationary.
The spare wheel ring in high-gloss chrome, plus other add-on parts in both the body colour and high-gloss chrome underline the exclusivity of the limited special model. In addition, buyers receive an exclusive indoor car cover with “STRONGER THAN TIME” lettering to protect the vehicle from dust and scratches.
G 500 Final Edition interior styling
Inside, occupants are greeted by illuminated “FINAL EDITION” lettering on the door sill trims. The lettering can also be found on the insert of the grab handle for passengers. A genuine silver coin in the form of an edition-specific plaque with the appropriate lettering is attached to the back of the vehicle key. In addition, the Superior Line with the Burmester surround sound system, the Active Multicontour Seat Package Plus and the seats in two-tone MANUFAKTUR Nappa leather are part of the standard scope of the special edition.
G 500 Final Edition performance
At the heart of the G 500 Final Edition is a 4.0-litre biturbo V8 engine making 310kW and 610Nm. Mercedes-Benz will build only 1 500 units of the limited edition model.
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