Tweaked Mercedes-Maybach S 650 to feature at 2018 Geneva motor show

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Available in nine colour combinations, it comes with a double clear coat finish as a further option for darker colours, creating what Maybach describes as a piano lacquer effect and an impression of depth within the paint. Expect to see the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 debut at Geneva next month.

Remarkably, and unlike the defunct Maybach 57 and 62, it keeps a Mercedes-Benz star atop the radiator.

Mercedes has released the first official images of its upcoming Mercedes-AMG GT four-door undergoing testing, but still covered in its covert camouflage wrapping. Mercedes claims this will propel the G63 to 60 miles per hour in just 4.4 seconds-V8 pony auto territory despite its significantly greater heft.

Prices are yet to be revealed, but the current version starts from $235,410.

The two twin scroll turbos are mounted within the "V" of the engine block which, among other things, helps minimize turbo lag. Comfort, Sport, Eco and configurable Individual modes feature, along with optional G-Mode, which optimises the G-Class for off-road use. This new drivetrain is resting atop a beefed up independent suspension that's found on all new G Class models.

Unchanged for the new model year are the engine options and general scale of the auto.

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Inside the vehicle, there is a brand new key and a novel start button.

The bigger body also makes for more space inside: front (+38mm) and rear (+150mm) legroom, front (+38mm) and rear (+27mm) shoulder room and front (+68mm) and rear (+56mm) elbow room are all markedly better than before.

The new G63 will make its debut at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show and will arrive in showrooms towards the end of the year, as a 2019 model. Some of the infotainment functions can be controlled through touch-sensitive panels on the steering wheel, a set-up directly carried over from the larger E-Class and S-Class. Top markets include China, Russia, and the United States.

Behind the wheel, AMG G63 drivers benefit from a more luxurious, modern interior than before.

Luxury is still the name of the game, though; full specifications are yet to be announced, but a 590-watt 16-speaker Burmester stereo system and heated, cooled and massaging front seats with air bolster side supports will be offered on the options list.

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