The Mercedes-Benz GLS range starts with the 350d which retails for R1 290 626, while this GLS 500 cost R1 459 676 before any extras. The GLS is backed by a 2-years/unlimited km warranty and a 6-year/100 000 km maintenance plan.
We’re not the only publication that sometimes refers to AMG products as sledgehammers; but you can trust Mansory to make Mercedes-AMG’s GLS 63 top dog SUV even more brutal.
The Mansory treatment starts with a high-flow sports air filter, a free-breathing sports exhaust system and proprietary ECU mapping, boosting the 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 from 430kW and 760Nm to a claimed 618kW and 1150Nm, and top speed from 250km/h to a downright scary 295.
But it’s the wide-body kit really says it all, from the custom bonnet and gaping air intakes in the new front apron, with integrated daytime running lights and clear lacquered carbon-fibre splitter, to the dramatic wheel-arch flares – 25mm in front and 400mm at the rear – over ultra-light 23 inch Mansory Y5/1 forged-alloy rims shod with 305/35 gumballs.
Side flares, specially designed to reduce wind roar, lower and stretch the GLS’ profile, while airflow over the tailgate is controlled by a rear spoiler and a custom diffuser.
Mansory also re-maps the standard air suspension, lowering the ride height (and the centre of gravity) by as much as 30mm for ‘significantly improved handling during fast cornering’.
The interior is trimmed in specially selected fine leather; even the standard AMG multifunction sports steering wheel is refinished in the Mansory trim shop with fine leather and carbon-fibre, for a more luxurious feel while retaining all the functionality of the original.
Regardless of the aesthetics, it’s a very intimidating package; if you saw this coming up behind you in your rear view mirror on the autobahn, you’d get out of the way, right? We would.
Next Mercedes-Benz GLS to share S-Class autonomous tech
Range-topping SUV will be the most luxurious and spacious model in Mercedes’ line-up
Mercedes-Benz has been caught testing its next-generation GLS on public roads around 18 months before the SUV hits the market.
The successor to Mercedes’ current range-topping SUV can be seen sporting a design similar to that of the smaller and also recently spotted new GLE, which is due next year.
The GLS’s significantly larger scale is emphasised by its boxier rear section, although part of this is due to cladding applied to the development car to hide its design.
Like the current GLS, the next-gen car will share many parts with the S-Class, including its powertrains. The S-Class gets six and eight-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines, a six-cylinder turbo diesel and a petrol-electric hybrid, so expect a similar line-up with the GLS.
Key to the engine line-up’s latest improvements is a 48V electric system that uses an electric booster compressor and integrated starter generator to enable mild hybrid running.
At the top of the range will be a GLS 63 with AMG’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 powerplant, likely with the same 612bhp on offer as in the S63.
Much of the SUV’s in-car tech will also be carried across from the S-Class, including its autonomous features. The 2017 S-Class introduced Mercedes’ latest Distronic Active Proximity Control and Active Steer Assist systems, which can automatically accelerate and brake the car within posted speed limits while providing autonomous steering for periods of up to 30sec.