Mansory and Philipp Plein unveil a posh Mercedes-AMG G 63 in Geneva
Back in 2011, Kourosh Mansory, owner of the namesake car customization shop, and couturier Philipp Plein have joined efforts to bring out an ultra-deluxe version of the Mercedes-Benz G 55 AMG. The vehicle entered the market sporting a formidable aero kit alongside a lush leather-draped interior. Today, the two companies have revealed another joint project like this, based on the Mercedes-AMG G 63 (W464) this time around.
The limited car series goes by the name “Star Trooper 20th Anniversary Edition” and – just as it name implies – celebrates 20 years of the Philipp Plein brand. The companies plan to produce only 20 vehicles priced starting from €550,000.
The anniversary G-Wagen sports an exceptionally lightweight and durable body kit made from a rare sort of carbon, cured with a prepreg in a curing oven until no air bubbles remain in its structure. This manufacturing method is generally only used in the aerospace industries due to high reject rate and the consequent high production cost.
Aside from the unique kit, the SUV has a camo paintjob that the tuner has jokingly dubbed “The 50 Shades of Grey”, and a set of 24-inch Mansory M23 forged wheels finished in black with red pinstripes.
The Mercedes G-Class Star Trooper 20th Anniversary Edition houses a four-liter turbocharged V8 engine under its hood. The tuner has managed to boost it from 585 hp (436 kW) to a stellar 850 hp (634 kW), whereupon the torque experienced a similar increase from 850 Newton-meters (627 pound-feet) to 1,000 Nm (738 lbft). The tuned ride happily speeds past 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.5 seconds and can climb all the way to 250 km/h (155 mph) given the right conditions.
Wrapping up the large-scale customization project is an immaculate interior makeover by Philipp Plein, involving generous amounts of the finest leather and visual carbon.
Photo: Mansory Design
Chief Editor Olga Markelova