Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition is a black and bronze farewell
24 October 2017 - Autoblog
After nearly four decades on the market, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is ready to be put out to pasture.
The first model to go is the top-tier Mercedes-AMG G65. The G-Wagen has only received minor updates over its life, doing just enough to keep things relatively fresh. Compared to modern SUVs and crossovers, the G-Wagen can only be described as charming, though good luck finding a crossover with three locking differentials and a twin-turbo V12. In order to celebrate the G-Class' legacy and end of G65 production, Mercedes-AMG has revealed the G65 Final Edition.
Production is limited to just 65 units worldwide. The Final Edition retains all of the things you know and love about the G65. The twin-turbo V12 makes an astounding 630 horsepower and an Earth-axis altering 738 pound feet of torque. Still, that engine is tasked with moving a nearly three-ton hunk of steel and aluminum with the aerodynamic properties of a half-eaten block of cheese. The G65 hits 60 mph in 5.3 seconds.
More than a third of all G-Class variants come from AMG, so it makes sense to celebrate the end of G65 production. Most of the changes are visual. On the outside, the G65 Final Edition gets a number of bronze accents on the underride guard, bumpers, 21-inch wheels and mirrors. The black grille gets a bronze surround, while the running boards and exhaust tips are done in matte black. It looks nice and a little more conservative than the chrome usually on G-Wagens.
Inside, the black nappa leather gets brown stitching. The carbon fiber trim has bronze accents. There are a number of AMG and Final Edition badges throughout. Only European pricing has been announced, but the €310,233 converts to about $367,000. Not cheap, but no one buys a G-Wagen because it's a bargain. Production of the current model is expected to continue in some form alongside a new, bigger version. Here's hoping for a budget Mercedes off-roader.