Mercedes-Benz has added more power and efficiency to the 2016 G-Class models, according to a press release issued by the German automaker today. To be a bit more specific, they stated that they added 16 percent more power and up to 17 percent more fuel economy.
The highlight of the press release is the G 500, which is now sporting the same V8 engine found in the Mercedes- AMG GT and C 63. However, in the G 500, power is modified to 422 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. This is an increase of 35 hp and 59 lb-ft of torque over their previous naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V8 engine.
Fitted to the V8 engine are two turbochargers, which are strategically placed in the “V.” This allows for a more compact engine, quicker response time and lower exhaust emissions.
When put to the test, the G500 can accelerate from 0-62 mph in 5.9 seconds, .2 seconds quicker than before.
Also being optimized for 2016 are the G 350 d, AMG G 63 and AMG G 65.
The G350 d receieves a power increase from 211 hp up to 245 and 398 lb-ft of torque to 442 lb-ft. It can now run from 0-60 mph in 8.8 seconds, .3 seconds quicker than previously.
Mercedes has also upgraded the AMG version, with the G 63 now producing 571 hp, 27 hp more, and the G 65 with 630 hp, 18 hp more.
Also announced in the press release was the AMG EDITION 463. This model gives the interior and exterior of the G 63 and G 65 a new and sportier look. Mercedes-Benz also stated that the G 500 4×4² will be on showroom floors starting December 2015.