Video: G-class - Gouge Out Your Eye: 10 Very Colorful Helics
2023 Author: Natalie MacDonald | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 02:36
Any G-class is the very embodiment of severe rigor. He's good at dirt, convincing at a kid's gathering, irresistible at the entrance to a nightclub, and cool at tuning. And by tuning, we usually mean carbon fiber, big wheels, an arsenal of body linings, a tank of black paint (in extreme cases, camouflage) - everything to enhance the image of a silent thug. However, it is worth knowing that "Geliki" are different: colorful, funny or even cartoony. So put the gold Rolexes aside, turn off MiyaGi and Scrooge - let's explore the atypical Helics. Suddenly you will like it …
It's worth starting with the cars that were produced by the Mercedes-Benz brand itself. In 2015, the company offered an expanded palette of five additional body shades for the G-Class. It was called the Crazy Color Edition and offered options such as acid green, bright orange, and even purple.
Extravagance was added by the fact that the rainbow of new tones was addressed exclusively to the "charged" modifications of the SUV - the 544-horsepower version of the G 63 AMG and the 612-horsepower G 65 AMG with a V12 engine. However, the company did not completely get rid of black and retained, for contrast, dark wheels, bumpers, a roof, a “spare wheel” rim and wide lining on the arches.
With the change of the G-Class generation, the approach to individualization has "slightly" changed: the list of basic body colors has expanded (blue and red have been added), frankly acidic shades have been muted, and the G manufaktur brand studio is now responsible for the interior trim, whose unofficial motto is "As you say, so and we will do it. " Do you want green chairs? Raspberry inserts? We understand, we are already doing it!
Christmas with reindeer
Who could have realized the idea of a Christmas sweater pulled over a Gelendvagen? Crazy tuners? Avant-garde artists? The owner who drove from the New Year's bustle? No, it was Mercedes-Benz again! Shortly before the end of 2020 and right before the celebration of Ugly Sweater Day (yes, there is such a holiday of ugly sweaters), the company shared a couple of models decorated in New Year's style on Facebook.
Supercar GT, "civilian" G, and later the classic "Pagoda" SL dressed up in something reminiscent of a fluffy and not too fashionable sweater. True, instead of the usual deer, the bright print was full of hipster foxes, owls in blankets, bears, Christmas trees, Santa Claus driving and other madness. A joyful post in the company was provided with the hashtag UglySweaterCars. Sudden release, isn't it?
Souvenir from Mexico
Again the G-class, again the unusual body painting and again the official approval from the "three-beam" brand and the Daimler concern. Just the other day, famous Mexican artists Jacobo and Maria Angeles completed a large project Alebri-G, the basis for which was the body of an Austrian SUV. The craftsmen designed Gelik to look like the folk toy Alebrihe.
The pattern, reminiscent of a knitted cape or a colorful rug, was inspired by ancient Zapotec ornaments, and the curves of the SUV's body made the picture three-dimensional and practically toy. The collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and Mexican artists became part of a large promotional campaign, and Alebri-G itself will remain a piece project, not intended for replication and sale.
It is pointless to blame Mercedes-Benz for the birth of this project: the German brand has nothing to do with the pink bigfoot 4x4². Miss Chloe, the owner of a beauty salon in South Florida, was the initiator of the eye-catching tuning project based on the portal G500. Becoming the first girl to buy a hardcore version of the Gelendvagen, she quickly got down to customization. In a deal with Fort Lauderdale-based Dale's Wheels & Tires, Chloe received a set of 24-inch Forgiato TerrSeries Gambe-1 wheels ($ 1,600 per disc) with toothed tires. And then she replaced the boring white color with doll pink.
At the same time, neither the engine compartment (there is a 422-horsepower four-liter biturbo-V8 from AMG GT), nor the suspension with portal axles, nor the interior was touched by the businesswoman. External modifications were enough for advertising a beauty salon.
Wrapping the G-Class in bright film is not such a radical approach to tuning. However, it is difficult to ignore the gold G 63 6 × 6 for at least two reasons: it is very expensive and belongs to a Saudi prince.
Gilding a six-wheeled Gelik six meters long cost the owner a pretty penny, however, despite the expense, the shade turned out to be matte and did not attract much attention. Yes, yes, even on the gray streets of London, where 48-year-old Turki ibn Abdullah Al Saud periodically traveled with a motorcade, the bright SUV was lost in the general splendor of the armada of gilded sports cars, consisting of Bentley and Lamborghini. One of these pretentious exits in 2016 culminated in a spectacular parking lot at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London's Hyde Park.
Designer sports car
Finally, the project is not so much strange in terms of color, but rather unusual in general. This is exactly how - white and rounded - the designer Louis Vuitton and the founder of the Off-White brand saw the brutal G-Class.
Collaba started last year: Mercedes-Benz chief designer Gorden Wagener and Louis Vuitton's leading menswear specialist Virgil Abloh agreed to create a truly sporty Gelik, in which there will be equal parts of sport and style. The car was underestimated as much as possible, stripped of protruding elements, got rid of unnecessary accessories, including optics, dressed in an aerodynamic "suit" and almost entirely covered with white paint.
Inside - minuscule from what SUVs are equipped with in general. The austerity of the panels is enhanced by color, racing toggle switches, bare metal doors and roll cage pipes. Instead of seats, Project Gelandewagen has eared buckets, and instead of the standard steering wheel, a quick-detachable racing wheel is installed.
Alas or hurray, but the "combat" G-Class was conceived as a piece static project. The creators shook hands and promised to auction a smaller copy of the car. Everything for charity. And the hype, of course.