We have taken this route before. The Mercedes-Benz G-Class – notably the AMG G63 – is an aftermarket favorite when it comes to adding bling and performance. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but there’s no denying that sometimes tuners go a little too far. Hofele seems to understand this, as we have now seen a few vehicles from the German company and each has been wonderfully modest. This latest G63 offering is no exception.
Officially called the HG 63 Sport, it is indeed a curious mix of sweet and wild. The exterior emphasizes the soft side of this equation, as the knot of the changes is only in the front. Hofele adds a unique bumper and a revised version of the Panamericana grille, with the company’s H logo in place of the three-pointed star. It rolls on Hofele 24-inch cross-spoke wheels, and you’ll find matte carbon trims in various places that contrast with a striking exterior tint of Moonbeam Silver. That’s it – no big vents, visors or fenders. Just beautifully sweet.
Inside, things are leaning towards the wild side, but it’s a good fit. An abundance of red is immediately visible, as the entire greenhouse is redone in leather or Alcantara dyed in shiny Bengal red. It certainly offers a colorful contrast to the silver exterior, but things get more interesting for the rear passengers. Hofele incorporates individual seats with a center console, and the seats are moved back several inches for more legroom. In essence, this G63 takes on an S-Class-like luxury transport role, where people in the back can stretch out extreme comfort.
Eventually the driver and passengers will have to enter and exit. To that end, Hofele adds a pair of full-length retractable running boards that fit all four doors. To make this work with the cool AMG side-exit exhaust, the tuner adjusts the pipes so that they move with the boards. In fact, the entire exhaust system is replaced with a valve system that allows the twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 to sing its song. In other words, when the situation demands it, of course. It’s still a civilized luxury SUV.
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Speaking of which, luxury and personalization require a lot of money. Hofele doesn’t list a specific cost for its layout, but the company says a new G63 equipped with HG 63 Sport would cost around € 300,000, which currently equates to around $ 356,200.