THE G-WAGENS OF THE 2013 FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW
Ch. 1: The Mercedes-Benz G500 Final Edition 200 Cabrio
Three-door G-Wagens have never been part of the official U.S. lineup, but they have continued to be sold in Europe. Sadly, that’s quickly becoming a thing of the past. Three years ago, Mercedes killed off the consumer-oriented W463 hardtop station wagon, celebrating the end of its run with a limited-edition “Final Edition” model. Now it’s time to do the same for the G-wagen cabriolet, and Mercedes just launched the new G500 Cabrio Final Edition 200 at the Frankfurt IAA.
Unlike the hardtop Final Edition, this drop-top variant is offered only as a G500, meaning it makes use of the same twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 as the U.S.-spec G550 five-door station wagons. That said, the Cabrio Final Edition does receive many of the same touches as its hardtop twin, including a chrome exterior dress-up package, five-spoke wheels with chrome accents, and body-color wheel flares cribbed from the AMG-spec G-wagens. Speaking of body color, the Final Edition comes with a platinum black paint color, though customers can spec their own paint hue. A unique sand-color canvas top is also exclusive to the Final Edition.
Inside, the G500 Cabrio Final Edition 200 gains Designo-grade leather trim in sand, including quilted leather door panels. An AMG-spec steering wheel is fitted, and illuminated stainless-steel door sills — complete with “Final Edition 200” lettering — is also included.
Want one? If you’re not in Europe, you’re out of luck, but even if you are, you’d better be both well-heeled and able to move quickly. The G500 Cabrio Final Edition 200 runs the equivalent of $145,000 USD, and as its name suggests, only two hundred examples will be built before the Cabrio model line fades into history.
The G’s of the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
Allow us to introduce you to the G63 AMG 6x6.
We’ve nothing more to say, but the same thing we’ve always said:
Fuck. Yeah. G-Wagens.
Oh, and FIVE differential locks.
Welcome to the new Brabus Widestar 800. Built off the not-for-U.S.-consumption Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG, this beast still uses a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12, but incorporates some mild tuning tweaks.
As a result, it now produces 800 hp instead of the stock 612. Torque also increases from 811 lb-ft to — get this — 1047 lb-ft.
Because if there’s one thing the G65 lacked, it was an insane amount of power…
Regardless, this will rocket you to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph; bypass that limiter, and aerodynamic drag limits this beast to 168 mph.
Which is bloody amazing for something that has the profile of a shoebox.