The Ares X-Raid Is An Insane 760-HP Off-Roader Based On The G-Class

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The Italian coachbuilding company is also working on a Bentley Mulsanne coupe.

Ares Design, an Italian coachbuilding company founded by former Lotus boss Dany Bahar, has just revealed its latest crazy creation. Based on the soon-to-be-retired Mercedes-AMG G63, the Ares Design X-Raid off-roader is a G-Wagon like no other. Ares Design has cladded the X-Raid with a bespoke carbon-fiber and aluminum body, resulting in a less boxy and more modern shape than the G63 that takes its cues from Mercedes’ current design language.

Thanks to its new composite body, the X-Raid is 200 kg lighter than the standard G63, and the 5.5-liter V8 has been tuned to produce 760-hp, resulting in a top speed of 155 mph. Inside, the X-Raid has been given a luxurious makeover. At the back are two VIP seats separated with a center console and armrest, and the cabin has been cladded with high-end materials including nappa leather and copious amounts of carbon fiber throughout. Production will commence at Ares Design’s newly announced 18,000-square-meter facility in Modena, Italy. The X-Raid will be produced in limited numbers, but Ares Design hasn’t specified how limited it will be.

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No prices have been announced yet either, but Autocar reports that recladding an existing car like the AMG G63 with carbon fiber costs upwards of £750,000 ($986,951). Ares Design has also announced that the coachbuilding company is working on a coupe version of the Bentley Mulsanne. Sound familiar? That’s because we recently reported on a similar project currently in development by German tuner Mcchip-DKR. It happens to be the same car, as Ares Design is working with Mcchip-DKR to build the coupe Bentley Mulsanne we’ve been dreaming of.

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