Of all the G-Wagen projects out there, this G63 takes the cake.
Over the years, we’ve seen our fair share of radical makeovers for the indestructible G-Class. Even Mercedes had some fun with the off-road legend by coming out with mental limited-edition versions such as the G63 6x6 and the G500 4x42. Tuners have always found a way to radically transform the iconic SUV into something truly insane, and Mansory has been at the forefront of wild G-Wagen makeovers.
Their latest kit started off in life as a new-generation G63, and with help from German fashion designer Phillip Plein, it quickly turned into a ludicrous project. Originally unveiled back in March at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the “Star Trooper” is an exercise in excess – from the “50 shades of grey” camouflage to the 24-inch wheels, from the red LED lights to the carbon fibre aftermarket body parts.
Gallery: Mansory x Philipp Plein Star Trooper
Then there’s the twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine, which has been massaged to deliver a whopping 850 bhp and 737 pound-feet of torque by installing bigger turbos, a high-performance exhaust, remapped ECU, and other mods. With the newly gained muscles, the G63 goes from 0 to 62 mph in only 3.5 seconds en route to an electronically governed 155 mph.
Just about every surface on the inside has been restyled, up to the point there’s a “starlight headliner” in the same vein as on a Rolls-Royce and a button on the roof to control the LED light bar on top of the vehicle. An abundance of leather dominates the interior and is combined with red contrasting stitching and a heavy dose of carbon fibre.
A total of 20 G63s will be sacrificed to become the “Star Trooper” available at Mansory from an eye-watering €550,000 (about £482,000 at current exchange rates).