In a world that’s seemingly awash with huge 4x4s there’s one example that’s stood the test of time better than most, Mercedes-Benz’s G-Class. It’s an indomitable machine equally at home on- or off-road and in its G63 form a devastating performer. ARES Design has used the G63 as the basis for its stunning reimagining of the luxury off-roader, the ARES Design X-Raid. It combines the undoubtable excellence of the G63 and its venerable twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8 with a unique take on the G-Class’s styling along with a luxurious complete revamp of the 4x4’s interior. With its stunning new lightweight suit and the performance and luxury to match, ARES Design’s X-Raid brings the G-Class thoroughly up to date with a level of style and sophistication that showcases the Modena-based company’s skill set to the full.
ARES Performance - It’s not for the feint of heart
Base: Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG
Power: 760 hp
Engine: V8 petrol, 5.461cc
Top Speed: 250 km/h
ARES Body & Wheels - Bigger but lighter
Body: Fully independent carbon body
Wheels: 22 inch bespoke ARES Design forged wheels + tire pressure control system
Weight: A new carbon fiber and aluminum body reducing standard car weight by 200kgs
Interior - It won’t get much better than this
Sports Steering Wheel: Custom made incorporating precious material inserts
Cockpit: A completely new cockpit giving the car a state of the art contemporary interior design
Seats: Nappa leather upholstery with inserts and two single VIP seats in the rear
In 2017 ARES moved into an 18,000m2 state of the art factory in the heartland of Italian automotive engineering in Modena. This video showcases the first ARES X-Raid and offers glimpses of the new factory and X-Raid No. 2.