An all-new Mercedes-Benz G-Class is coming, but before it arrives, Mercedes-AMG is sending the current V12-powered G65 off with the Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition.
Powered by an AMG-produced twin-turbocharged 6.0L V12 engine that produces 630 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque from 2,300 to 4,300 rpm, the G65 Final Edition can reach 62 mph from a standstill in only 5.3 seconds onto an electronically-limited top speed of 143 mph (230 km/h).
Power is sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and the G’s time-tested four-wheel drive hardware, making the G65 Final Edition not only fast, but also a very capable off-roader.
On the outside, the G65 Final Edition gets 21-inch bronze alloy wheels, silver brake calipers and AMG Sport trim strips on the sides. Flat black running boards and tail pipes for some extra contrast.
The bronze theme carries on inside, where we find carbon-fiber trim elements with decorative stitching in bronze, carbon fiber-look inserts in the upholstery, some more carbon fiber trim on key places, an “Edition” emblem in the grab handle, and floor mats with leather edging in light brown.
Only 65 units of the Mercedes-AMG G65 Final Edition will be produced, with the United States getting 30 examples. Pricing in Europe starts at 310,233 euros (~ $365,623 US).
As for the new G-Class, it is expected to debut sometime in 2018 and will be the first ground-up redesign of the iconic SUV since its introduction way back in 1979! It will look a lot like the original model but way more technologically-advanced.
How do you want it to turn out?
Bentley Bentayga Speed Nabs “World’s Fastest SUV” Title
The luxury SUV can launch to 62 mph in under 4 seconds.
Bentley proudly boasts that, with a top speed of 190 mph (306 km/h), the Bentayga Speed is the world’s fastest production SUV.
The 6.0-liter W12 engine found in the standard Bentayga has been tweaked to put out 626 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, providing enough propulsion to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) from a standstill in just 3.9 seconds.
It’s worth noting that the 641 hp, V8-powered Lamborghini Urus is actually lighter and more powerful yet has the same top speed. The fact that the two SUVs are closely related makes us think there were some politics behind this head-scratching outcome.
In addition to the extra power, the Bentayga Speed provides a more dynamic driving experience than the regular Bentayga thanks to a retuned Sport mode and a stiffened suspension, while the exhaust note is throatier.
Designer gave the exterior a performance-theme characterized by dark-tint headlights, blacked-out grilles, a tailgate spoiler, and unique 22-inch wheels available in three finishes. Inside, one finds contrast stitching on the diamond-quilted upholstery and Alcantara trim, the first time the material has been used in a Bentayga.
The Bentley Bentayga Speed goes on sale in the second half of 2019 after making its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
Porsche Taycan Owners Get Three Years Of Free Charging
The German luxury electric sedan will charge for free on Electrify America network at a quick pace.
Porsche has announced that the Taycan, it’s first-ever all-electric vheicle, will come with three years of free charging on the Volkswagen Group’s Electrify America network.
Created as part of VW’s emissions violations settlement, Electrify America plans to build more than 300 highway charging locations and even more community sites across the United States, offering DC fast charging at rates up to 350 kilowatts for a wide range of electric vehicles from various automakers. Porsche’s 191 dealerships will also have DC fast charging installed onsite.
The German automaker claims the Taycan has the fastest charge rate of any EV, capable of adding 60 miles *96 km) of range in just four minutes via a 350-kilowatt connection and 800-volt vehicle battery architecture.
“Together, Electrify America and our Porsche dealer network will provide a national infrastructure for DC fast charging that frees future Taycan owners from range anxiety,” said Klaus Zellmer, President and CEO of PCNA. “And Porsche home charging technology will turn the customer’s garage into the equivalent of a personal gas station.”
Porsche is so confident in the success of its first-ever electric car that it doubled output from the initial target of 20,000 units per year to 40,000 units annually.
Porsche Doubles Taycan Production To 40,000 A Year
The company expects to sell as many of its electric car as the Tesla Model S.
An optimistic Porsche has doubled its planned annual production volume for the Taycan, its first-ever all-electric vehicle.
In anticipation of strong demand, the German automaker has increased output from the initial target of 20,000 units per year to 40,000 units annually.
“We had been ready for it,” Porsche spokesperson Andrew Lennon told . “We had the ability to increase capacity from the beginning, and executives recently made the decision to go ahead.”
Porsche likely expects Taycan sales to match or exceed demand for the Tesla Model S. In 2018, Tesla delivered more than 99,000 Model S and X vehicles, with the Model S accounting for approximately half of that combined total.
The Porsche Taycan goes on sale by the end of 2019. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but it will reportedly start between the Cayenne and Panamera, suggesting a price of around $80,000 in the United States.