Mercedes-AMG G63 Gets Menacing New Look

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And a cool new feature you won't find on any other Mercedes G-Wagon.

In stock form, the Mercedes-AMG G63 is already a very menacing-looking SUV. But that hasn't stopped Germany's Hofele Design from giving the high-performance off-roader an aggressive makeover.

Hofele has completely redesigned the front bumper of the G-Wagen with elements finished in carbon fiber and dark shadow chrome, while the unique front bumper wraps around to the extended, multi-contoured wheel arches manufactured in carbon fiber. In the example shown in the accompanying photos, the carbon fiber is partly exposed and contrasts with the exterior paint finish.

Elsewhere, a low-profile roof shield above the front windshield integrates LED beam lights and the original front grille and Mercedes-Benz Star have been replaced by Hofele Design's signature grille with a choice of chrome, carbon or body-color finishes.

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Hofele Design
Hofele Design

The custom G-Wagen also rides on bespoke 24-inch Cross Spoke forged alloy wheels. In what Hofele claims is a world-first for the G63, the customized SUV has been fitted with electrically deployable side steps. While the original G63's side exit exhausts would interfere with the electric side steps, Hofele has engineered the side exit exhausts so that they move with the side steps as they lower into place in a unique and patented solution, providing easier access for rear passengers. Other carbon fiber exterior components include a unique cover for the rear door mounted spare wheel.

Inside, Hofele has replaced the standard five seat layout with six seats in the three rows, making the two rear seats mores suitable for children or smaller adults.

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There's less luggage space as a result, but the but these two last row seats can be quite easily removed when required. The standard Mercedes-Benz leather has been replaced with Hofele's "Berry Red" leather featuring a modern stitching pattern. Contrasting anthracite Alcantara is applied to the headlining, A, B and C pillars and seat backs, combined with carbon fiber trim throughout. Hofele was originally going to debut its bespoke G-Wagen at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show back in March, but these plans changed when the event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The tuner will also showcase a second custom model based on the G-Wagen with a different design concept "very soon."

Unlike other tuners such as Brabus, Hofele hasn't made any modifications under the hood. Then again, the Mercedes-AMG G63 isn't exactly underpowered considering its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 produces 577 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque.

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Hofele Design
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Hofele Design
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