Rappers, footballers and members of the Russian Mafia all love AMG's take on the Mercedes G-Class, which adds insane amounts of power and immaculately stitched leather to what was, at one time, a rough-and-tumble offroader. Now those not content with the 'standard' G 63 and G 65 models can go one further, with the new Exclusive Edition. It's an even more luxurious trim level to top the AMG G-Class range, and will go on display at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.The standard specifications of the G 63 and G 65 models are already pretty crazy. Fitted with either a 5.5-litre V8 or monstrous 6.0-litre V12 producing 563 and 621bhp respectively, the 2.5-tonne SUV is capable of out-accelerating many a sports car. That's combined with off-road ability which will shame almost anything short of a Range Rover, and a sumptuously trimmed interior kitted out with every bit of tech you can imagine. It's fair to say that both the G 63 and G 65 are true multi-purpose vehicles.
The new Exclusive Edition doesn't alter the basic structure of the vehicle in any way. Instead, it's focused on styling, inside and out. Mercedes-AMG claims a 'dynamic visual appearance' courtesy of a stainless steel underride guard, AMG racing stripes, dark aluminium rubbing strips and a body-coloured spare wheel cover.
Both cars can also be specced in a unique AMG Monza Grey Magno matte-effect paint finish, adding an extra dash of exclusivity to the Exclusive edition.
Inside, the G 63 and G 65 Exclusive editions are kitted out with leather aplenty – two-tone leather sports seats, as well as leather door cards and a two-tone leather instrument binnacle. A choice of carbon fibre or piano black trim is available for the dashboard, while customers can optionally spec climate-controlled multicontour seats, leather-trimmed grab handles and a two-tone AMG Performance steering wheel.
As you might expect, this luxury, off-road ability and power doesn't come cheap. Ignoring for a moment the 322 or 397g/km CO2 emissions, or a best-case 17mpg, the £150,000 starting price tag for the G 63 model should get you to sit up and take notice.
But if you really want those extra four cylinders, be prepared to dig deep, as the V12 G 65 starts from a mind-bending £264,000.
The new Mercedes-AMG G 63 and G 65 Exclusive Editions will be displayed at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, as a welcome antidote to the plethora of small and cute electric concepts on show.