When we got the first details on Mercedes-Benz's 2016 G-Class range, it wasn't clear the specifications that would be available in the United States. Now we know what will be on offer here, and how much they'll set you back.
Opening bids for the G550 will start at a heady $120,825, including a $925 destination charge. As we learned in May, motivation will be provided by a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8, which is both more compact and more powerful than the 5.5-liter mill of the outgoing model year. The new mill pumps out a healthy 416 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque.
Predictably, the body and ladder frame construction, permanent all-wheel drive, and triple shot of differential locks remain, and the suspension now gets Sport and Comfort modes not found on current models.
Prices for the G63 AMG will begin at $140,825, including the $925 destination charge, and the additional $20,000 provides for the familiar twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8, which delivers 563 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque. The extra grunt shaves half a second off the big rig's zero to 62 mph time, meaning it needs just 5.4 seconds to get the job done.
Both flavors will be available in a new range of colors, some of which—like Alien green—call to mind Skittles' rainbow of fruit flavors more than Teutonic battle wagons.
From that point, it's a big jump up to the range-topping G65, which is a new addition for 2016. Including destination, the 6,000-pound brawler lists for a whopping $220,825, and along with a raised ride height, it sports a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12, which delivers 621 hp and a rock-crushing 738 lb-ft of torque. Flat out, the beefy Benz will manage just over 140 mph—but it will get to 62 mph in just 5.2 seconds, and its off-road prowess means virtually no terrain will be able to stop it.
While dealers overseas are currently taking orders, the only member of the G-Class family which hasn't been specifically confirmed for the U.S. is the extreme G500 4x4². While it's down a set of wheels, it features the same portal axles—which raise ride height by mounting the axles above the center of the wheel—as the truly bonkers, and unfortunately extinct, Mercedes-AMG G63 6x6. We'll let you know when we hear whether to expect to see it stateside.