Mercedes-Benz G500 Could Receive AMG GT's 4.0-liter V8

Mercedes-Benz have a new superstar in their engine line-up and they want as many models equipped with it. Obviously, we're talking about the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 powerhouse.
Mercedes-Benz G500 Cabrio 1 photo
Photo: Catalin Garmacea
Yes, the same engine is the beating heart pumping horsepower and torque from under the AMG GT and C63 AMG's hoods. But that didn't stop rumors about Mercedes-Benz wanting to fit the G500 performance SUV with that particular engine.

One thing's for sure though: the G500 will not change looks anytime soon, so a switch in engine seems a lot more likely than a visual makeover, especially since the three-pointed star camaker has a fetish for the G-Wagen's rugged, hair-on-the-chest aura.

As you probably know, the ongoing Mercedes-Benz G500 uses a 5.5-liter V8 unit delivering 388 HP, but that won't last forever. Blame the incoming Euro 6 emission regulations expected to kick in this September, according to MB Passion.

The swap will see the G500 embracing a 422 HP-version of the V8 that - coincidentally or not - was first introduced last month in Geneva when Mercedes-Benz unveiled the monumental G500 4x4² concept. Was that a subtle hint from Mercedes? We can't know for sure.

What we do know is the G-Class is going to suffer a major refreshing session what will improve the SUV's technical features. Bound to hit daylight in 2017, the G-Wagen will be 200 kg (441 lbs) lighter and will sport a new batch of 3.0-liter inline six diesel and petrol bangers.

In addition, engineers will install a three- or four-link front suspension while updating the electro-mechanical steering system in the process.
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