Another unique German car to fill another obscure niche.
Mercedes messed up when it decided to make the G500 4x4 squared as an encore version of its truly wicked G-Class 6x6. It’s not that the standout SUV isn’t already a wild car, but there is no G63 AMG version of the car, which is a must in a segment where buyers always want the most powerful and expensive option possible. To take advantage of this open niche, German tuning house Mansory got its hands on the 4x4 squared and took it to the loony bin.
There, it received extensive upgrades including a new grille, LED running lights, bespoke headlight housings, mirrors, wheel arches, door handles, roof, and rear trim all made of carbon fiber. Mansory’s interior decorators made sure to use carbon fiber on the dashboard, door trims, steering wheel, and handbrake just to be sure passengers got the point. Quilted seats provide more aesthetic value to the interior and of course, the stitching is color-matched to the exterior paint job. Since Mansory doesn’t like to half-ass a custom job, it made sure to rework some of the mechanical components too. Even without AMG badges, Mercedes had already given the 4x4 squared some serious muscle.
For this it has a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 making 416 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque to thank. This may sound like a lot of power, but it has to motivate 6,556 pounds of Mercedes mass up steep hills and tough terrain. To give the workhorse a hand, Mansory added a rectangular sports exhaust that can be seen peeking out underneath the rear portion of the running boards. Then, it added a “Powerbox” unit, which, when combined with the exhaust, unlocks an extra 62 horsepower and 73 lb-ft of torque for a total of 478 horsepower and 523 lb-ft of torque. Once again, Mansory has proved that no rare car is quite special enough unless the owner has the balls to modify the hell out of it.