The Geländewagen has proved increasingly popular with tuners since the one-time German troop carrier somehow crossed the line and became popular with executives, entrepreneurs, and the odd rapper. Spinner wheels, neon lights, hydraulics, it has seen them all, but this is the end game, the atom bomb of G-Wagens. If you're asking yourself why, then you just don't get it. "Because they can" is the only reasonable answer, and that seven obscenely rich men will pay for it.
And as it explodes into life in the grand entrance hall of Mansory H.Q. in Hof, just a stone's throw from the Czech border, it almost doesn't matter that the car makes no logical sense. This is quite simply the biggest, baddest, most extreme machine of its kind and Mansory will have no trouble at all selling all seven, even with a price of $750,000 for the "very basic version." The car before our eyes costs upwards of $1,000,000 and they will get more expensive.
Company owner Khourosh Mansory has never been one for timid conversions and has brought us everything from the widebody Bentley to the naked carbon-fiber Bugatti Veyron and a "distinctive" blue-and-yellow Panamera. The naked carbon look has become his calling card in recent years and he went for the works with the G-Couture.
The front apron and rear skirt are completely new, but there are obvious problems with ditching the main body and so the roof and side panels are simply added over the original steel. So the carbon on show here isn't designed to save weight; it's all about the looks, and whether you love it or loathe it there is no denying the car's pure impact. Its angular appearance serves to increase the size and everywhere I look there's another razor-sharp edge, another vent, another box section. And look at that carbon fiber closely and you'll see another trick-there are metal fibers running right through it to create a shimmering metallic effect. It's just mad.
Because the G55 AMG is simply quick; the G-Couture is window-licking crazy. As I spark the 5.5-liter supercharged powerplant to life the glass in the vast hall quivers. Blipping the throttle might literally bring the house down-it's that loud.
Longitudinal front engine, all-wheel-drive
5.5-liter V8, dohc, 32-valve. SLR compressor, pistons, roads, camshaft, modified cylinder head, crankshaft, throttle valves, water-cooled intercooler, air intake, clutch