Mercedes-AMG G 63 (W 463): The Beast. As much as it is a beast it is also a true icon or a statement on wheels.

Guest Feature: GTspirit Winter Experience 2017.

AMG wolf pack: The second edition of the GTspirit Winter Experience took place during a weekend in January.
Text: Des Sellmeijer
Photos: Michael Schoellhorn

All statements in this article are personal opinions and impressions of the author and sometimes not of the Daimler AG.

AMG supplied three different winter cars: the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC (X 166), the Mercedes-AMG G 63 Edition 463 (W 463) and the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC (W 166).

Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC: Fuel consumption combined: 11.8 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 276 g/km.*

Mercedes-AMG G 63: Fuel consumption combined: 13.8 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 322 g/km.*

Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC: Fuel consumption combined: 12.3 l/100 km; combined CO₂ emissions: 288 g/km.*

Weekend with AMG wolf pack.

At a recent weekend in January, supercar owners and car enthusiasts from over nine different countries met up for the second GTspirit Winter Experience. Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG provided us with three all-wheel drive vehicles for the winter tour from the German city of Munich to Sölden in the Austrian Alps. The AMG wolf pack was complemented with several teams who joined the event with their own cars.

AMG supplied three different winter cars to the GTspirit crew: the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC, the Mercedes-AMG G 63 Edition 463 and the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC. Although on paper they might look very similar – large SUVs all equipped with the famous 5.5 litre AMG V8 biturbo engine also known as M 157. But in reality each of the three cars has its own distinct character.

Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S – the sports car.

The GLE 63 S 4MATIC is the sports car of the three. The 5.5 litre V8 produces a maximum of 585 hp and 760 Nm of torque, with a lower weight than the other two it rockets from 0–100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds and tops out at an incredible 280 km/h. To put that into perspective: the nil to 100 sprint is as quick as the former CLK 63 AMG Black Series. And it is not just fast in a straight line – thanks to some clever technology and AMG suspension setup it is incredibly quick through corners as well with body roll reduced to a minimum.

The GLE 63 S 4MATIC (W 166) is the sports car of the three. The 5.5 liter V8 produces a maximum of 585 hp and 760 Nm of torque.
The Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC (X 166) is the ultimate travel car. It packs the perfect combination of comfort, practicality and performance. And it is easy to drift, too.

Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 – the Gran Turismo.

The GLS 63 4MATIC is the ultimate travel car of the three with space to fit up to 7 people plus luggage. The power output is the same as in the GLE 63 S, but due to its slightly higher weight it sprints from 0–100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and tops out at 270 km/h. The GLS is incredibly easy to drive and despite its sheer size it is a car easily to fall in love with. It packs the perfect combination of comfort, practicality and performance. And believe it or not but it is easy to drift, too.

Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 – the Gran Turismo.

The GLS 63 4MATIC is the ultimate travel car of the three with space to fit up to 7 people plus luggage. The power output is the same as in the GLE 63 S, but due to its slightly higher weight it sprints from 0–100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and tops out at 270 km/h. The GLS is incredibly easy to drive and despite its sheer size it is a car easily to fall in love with. It packs the perfect combination of comfort, practicality and performance. And believe it or not but it is easy to drift, too.

The Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC (X 166) is the ultimate travel car. It packs the perfect combination of comfort, practicality and performance. And it is easy to drift, too.

Mercedes-AMG G 63 Edition 463 – the Beast.

Last but not least we present the G 63 – as much as it is a beast it is also a true icon and a statement on wheels. The M 157 engine produces 571 hp and 760 Nm of torque in the G 63. This allows for a 0–100 km/h sprint in 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 230 km/h. That makes it the slowest of the three, but the G has some aces up its sleeve. How about true 4WD and three electric locking differentials making it unstoppable on any terrain.

This G 63 is no ordinary G 63 – it is the special Edition 463. The Edition 463 references the internal model code for this generation G-Wagon W 463 which has been in production since 1990. Later this year Mercedes-Benz will unveil the new G-Class which will have a brand new chassis for the first time in 27 years.

This G 63 is no ordinary G 63 – it is the special Edition 463. It references the internal model code for this generation G-Wagon W 463 which has been in production since 1990.
Mercedes-AMG G 63 (W 463) – The Beast. As much as it is a beast it is also a true icon or a statement on wheels.

First checkpoint: Kochel am See.

The unique winter experience starts at Munich Airport where some of the participants arrive from very diverse countries like the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia. The first part of the tour leads the pack through Munich and south towards Garmisch on the German Autobahn. The area has been blessed with the first proper snow fall of the year and arctic temperatures so the surroundings look like a true winter wonderland. After a dash on the legendary Autobahn we exit to reach our first checkpoint: Kochel am See. This little village is located at a small alpine lake at the foot of the Alps and the scenery is nothing short of breathtaking. And to make it even better the snow clouds make way for blue sky and sunshine.

First checkpoint: Kochel am See.

The unique winter experience starts at Munich Airport where some of the participants arrive from very diverse countries like the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia. The first part of the tour leads the pack through Munich and south towards Garmisch on the German Autobahn. The area has been blessed with the first proper snow fall of the year and arctic temperatures so the surroundings look like a true winter wonderland. After a dash on the legendary Autobahn we exit to reach our first checkpoint: Kochel am See. This little village is located at a small alpine lake at the foot of the Alps and the scenery is nothing short of breathtaking. And to make it even better the snow clouds make way for blue sky and sunshine.

Mercedes-AMG G 63 (W 463) – The Beast. As much as it is a beast it is also a true icon or a statement on wheels.

Over the Kesselberg, past the Walchensee.

From Kochel am See we continue south on the scenic B 11 over the Kesselberg past the Walchensee towards the Austrian border. At Mittenwald we exit the main road and take the narrow L14 up towards Leutasch. For the first time the road is snow covered and we can test the capabilities of our cars’ all-wheel drive systems. Equipped with winter tires, the GLE 63 S, GLS 63 and G 63 have no problem making it up the twisty mountain road.

Drifting the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 4MATIC (X 166) in the snow. Equipped with winter tires there is no problem for the GLS 63 to make it up the twisty mountain road.
Mercedes-Benz Lifestyle: The GTspirit Winter Experience 2017 in Austria.

On to Sölden.

Meanwhile we have crossed the border between Germany and Austria and there is nothing more than a sign to indicate we switched countries. As we pull up to our rustic lunch restaurant Ropferhof we have a scenic view down into the Inn valley. After a few selfies we get back into the cars to head to our final destination: Sölden!

Our convoy of cars turns heads in every village we pass and the brawny V8 sounds echo between the traditional Austrian houses. Especially the G 63 is not a car for the shy – it puts itself in the centre of attention time and time again.

GTspirit Winter Experience 2017. Outside the spectacular glass building of the ice Q skiers slide by while non-skiers travel down with the gondola like James Bond in “Spectre”.

Like James Bond in “Spectre”.

The next morning we wake up to crisp mountain air, the thermometer outside shows -12 degrees Celsius – at 1,368 metres above sea level. Better put on some warm clothes as we are going to the top of the mountain at 3,048 metres today. With a spectacular 360 degree panorama and blue skies as far as the eye can see, the ice Q on the Gaislachkogl is there to match the view. Outside the spectacular glass building skiers slide by covered top to bottom to protect them from the double digit minus temperatures, but inside it is warm and cozy. After lunch the skiers and snowboarders slide down the Gaislachkogl while some of the non-skiers travel down in the gondola like James Bond in “Spectre”.

300 kilometres back to Munich.

After four action-packed days it is time to head home again – the 300 kilometres back to Munich allow one last time to drive the three AMGs back to back. The G 63 is a very unique car that has no match in terms of style and off road capabilities. On the road the G 63 is no match for the performance and handling of the GLE 63 S and GLS 63. Especially the GLS is a very pleasant car for long journeys with the air suspension and the long wheel base.

Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S 4MATIC (W 166): thanks to some clever technology and AMG suspension setup it is incredibly quick through corners as well with body roll reduced to a minimum.
Mercedes-Benz Lifestyle: The GTspirit Winter Experience 2017 in Austria.

Common passion for cars.

Four days after we started at Munich Airport we return to a very cold international airport. What an epic weekend it was – the perfect mix of driving, skiing, sledging and other winter activities but best of all was the international group of participants that all shared a common passion for cars and wintersports.

Common passion for cars.

Four days after we started at Munich Airport we return to a very cold international airport. What an epic weekend it was – the perfect mix of driving, skiing, sledging and other winter activities but best of all was the international group of participants that all shared a common passion for cars and wintersports.

Mercedes-Benz Lifestyle: The GTspirit Winter Experience 2017 in Austria.

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Confidently stylish and attractive: The C-Class Cabriolet (A 205) as an urban companion.

The C-Class Cabriolet – an open view of two metropolises.

Confidently stylish and attractive: the C-Class Cabriolet as an urban companion.

Openness as an attitude to life.

Two great cities, 24 young people and a shared idea: discover selected insider tips in Berlin and Frankfurt am Main with Mercedes me/My Guide. Savour the urban flair of these two cities – and experience the advantages of the new open-top C-Class.

Openness as an attitude to life in the C-Class Cabriolet (A 205).
Our local guide, Frankfurt photographer Vanessa Fuentes, has a heart for her city.

Mercedes me: Behind the scenes.

And we’re off: accompanied by Mercedes me/My Guide and a local, the teams set off to discover the coolest insider tips in the two vibrant cities. A host is waiting for the participants at each of the stops, providing exciting behind-the-scenes insights into the chosen locations. The best routes for entertaining excursions and many other recommendations are exclusively available at: mercedes.me/myguide.

Mercedes me: Behind the scenes.

And we’re off: accompanied by Mercedes me/My Guide and a local, the teams set off to discover the coolest insider tips in the two vibrant cities. A host is waiting for the participants at each of the stops, providing exciting behind-the-scenes insights into the chosen locations. The best routes for entertaining excursions and many other recommendations are exclusively available at: mercedes.me/myguide.

Our local guide, Frankfurt photographer Vanessa Fuentes, has a heart for her city.

Excellent outlook.

Freedom-loving, active, progressive – these are the compelling features of the C-Class Cabriolet. Qualities that are shared by the participants of the one-day city tour in Frankfurt and Berlin. There is plenty to discover while travelling with the C-Class Cabriolet and the SLC Roadster: exciting insights, new perspectives, and the exclusive comfort offered by the cars’ sportily designed interiors. Inspiring moments and thrilling experiences that are best enjoyed as part of a team.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet (A 205) – looking good outside Hayashi in Frankfurt.
The participants in the SLC Roaster (R 172) and C-Class Cabriolet (A 205) at the Osthafen in Frankfurt, looking forward to the next stage of the tour.

Open-air in Frankfurt.

She’s Mercedes at its best: In Frankfurt it’s “ladies first” because it’s twelve selected female participants and a savvy local guide who are taking to the wheel. The Frankfurt photographer Vanessa Fuentes accompanies the tour, revealing exclusive insights into the Main metropolis, various venues, and the people behind them.

Open-air in Frankfurt.

She’s Mercedes at its best: In Frankfurt it’s “ladies first” because it’s twelve selected female participants and a savvy local guide who are taking to the wheel. The Frankfurt photographer Vanessa Fuentes accompanies the tour, revealing exclusive insights into the Main metropolis, various venues, and the people behind them.

The participants in the SLC Roaster (R 172) and C-Class Cabriolet (A 205) at the Osthafen in Frankfurt, looking forward to the next stage of the tour.

Fashion and design in the heart of Frankfurt.

Beside the Frankfurt Stock Exchange it’s worth making a stop here to meet Kerstin Görling who has made a name for herself as a successful fashion blogger and the owner of Hayashi. At her fashion store, she presents and curates selected collections from both new and established designer labels. All of the team members would love to stay a little longer to talk about new trends or pick out one or two pieces, but the road is calling: a July afternoon, 27 degrees Celsius – a perfect day for open-top driving fun in the Frankfurt area.

Insider tips and exciting places: just as well that Mercedes me/MyGuide knows the best bars, restaurants, designers and stores in the city. On the way there’s just time for a stop at Blaues Wasser on the Main embankment, where Goran Petreski provides a penetrating portrait of this event venue’s history. And then we hop over to Morgen & Studio Rehberger where Tommy Tritsch delivers plenty of behind-the-scenes insights and invites everyone to a meal at the next opportunity as well.

The women’s team in Frankfurt enjoys the perfect blend of fashion, big city and Mercedes-Benz.
Preparing kosher pastrami sandwiches at Maxie Eisen. Enjoy!

Deliciously kosher in the style of the twenties.

After all of the day’s exciting impressions, the twelve women go straight to Maxie Eisen. This little bar in Frankfurt’s trendy Bahnhofsviertel pampers its customers with well-made drinks and kosher treats such as the incomparable pastrami sandwiches. High-end cuisine, a 1920s-inspired interior, and the central location make this place unique. It’s an excellent spot for the team to share their impressions of the tour and relax before bringing the day to a fitting end.

Deliciously kosher in the style of the twenties.

After all of the day’s exciting impressions, the twelve women go straight to Maxie Eisen. This little bar in Frankfurt’s trendy Bahnhofsviertel pampers its customers with well-made drinks and kosher treats such as the incomparable pastrami sandwiches. High-end cuisine, a 1920s-inspired interior, and the central location make this place unique. It’s an excellent spot for the team to share their impressions of the tour and relax before bringing the day to a fitting end.

Preparing kosher pastrami sandwiches at Maxie Eisen. Enjoy!

Open-air in Berlin.

In Berlin, it’s DJ and event manager Amin Fallaha who’s acting as the local guide for the twelve participants’ tour of the capital. He knows all the best venues and has lots of great insider tips up his sleeve – which means that the young men and women taking part get an intense, close-up feel for Berlin’s spirit, its international atmosphere and the huge range of art, culture and shopping on offer there.

Everyone’s looking forward to get started: local guide Amin Fallaha with team Berlin.
Ears wide open at the Funkhaus Berlin.

Berlin sound sensations.

The participants enjoy a guided tour of the buildings and studios at the Funkhaus Berlin to find out more about the secrets and stories behind radio production. The Funkhaus is no longer used for broadcasting but the various rooms remain extremely popular with musicians and music lovers thanks to their unique mix of acoustics and design. And it’s here that we meet Julien Bracht and Markus Nikolaus – the two members of Lea Porcelain – who combine krautrock, post punk and indie elements in their very own, melancholy way.

It’s an incredible sound sensation to be able to experience music live in the extraordinary setting of the Funkhaus. Along the river Spree and through Köpenick, heading for southeast Berlin, taking in a piece of Brandenburg and then back to the centre via Schmöckwitz. A worthwhile little detour, as it gives our team the chance to enjoy the advantages of open-top driving to the full.

The team at the photo session with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet in Berlin.

Enjoying the view.

And now: relaxing in Wilmersdorf. The Monkey Bar has a remarkable view – beyond the Zoo you can see out to the west of the capital. The stylish bar offers its customers urban flair and, apart from creative cocktails, it also serves delicious little treats from Neni next door: an exquisite and diverse mix of Mediterranean, Persian and Austrian culinary influences. After a day packed with interesting encounters and new-found friends, there’s plenty of reason to party – and where better to stay up all night than Berlin?

Enjoying the view.

And now: relaxing in Wilmersdorf. The Monkey Bar has a remarkable view – beyond the Zoo you can see out to the west of the capital. The stylish bar offers its customers urban flair and, apart from creative cocktails, it also serves delicious little treats from Neni next door: an exquisite and diverse mix of Mediterranean, Persian and Austrian culinary influences. After a day packed with interesting encounters and new-found friends, there’s plenty of reason to party – and where better to stay up all night than Berlin?

The team at the photo session with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet in Berlin.

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet (A 205): The Portuguese photographer Miguel Domingos is on the road and shares with us “Lisbon’s Light”.

The C-Class Cabriolet in “Lisbon’s Light”.

Guest feature by Highsnobiety: The Portuguese photographer Miguel Domingos is on the road with the C-Class Cabriolet and shares with us “Lisbon’s Light”.

Presence, detail accuracy und openness.

Honing the photographer’s eye requires presence, detail accuracy and openness. But like any skill, variety is essential in training it, keeping it guessing and always attentive. Portuguese photographer Miguel Domingos knows this all too well, living and working in some of the world’s most dynamic cities developing his talent. The new “Lisbon’s Light” video tells his story as he returns to his home in Lisbon and rediscovers the city.

On the road with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet (A 205): Honing the photographer’s eye requires presence, detail accuracy and openness.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet (A 205): Missing the therapeutic and calming nature of walking on the beach and feeling the time was right Miguel then returned to Lisbon.

An invaluable experience.

It doesn’t get much more intense than living in New York City, London or Paris but keeping up with the pace and the experience is invaluable. Miguel Domingos experienced life in all three, initially moving to London in 2002 to study fashion photography at the London College of Fashion. “I trained my eye by observing different environments and people,” he explained. However, the noise can quickly become too much, and the pace of life and work can wear you out. Missing the therapeutic and calming nature of walking on the beach and feeling the time was right, Miguel then returned to Lisbon in 2015 with the momentum he’d picked up in the three global hubs.

Miguel Domingos: “Now is an incredible time to be in Lisbon! So many things are happening, there’s a real entrepreneurial feel in town and new things are happening everywhere.”

Rediscovering the forgotten city.

Not only did he return to share his journey, but he also returned to rediscover the forgotten city. “Now is an incredible time to be in Lisbon! So many things are happening, there’s a real entrepreneurial feel in town and new things are happening everywhere.” Miguel continued to describe Lisbon’s unique light as an intensely bright shower illuminating the city, reflecting in the river and colouring the hills.

Photography is Miguel’s favoured form of expression through which he shares personal stories, those who’ve impacted his life and the places that have shaped him. “A great photograph is not only the set, composition and light but what emotion it provokes in the viewer,” he explained. “Follow your instinct, find your voice and don’t be afraid to share it.”


Guest feature: All statements in this article are personal opinions and impressions of the author and sometimes not of the Daimler AG.

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The C-Class Cabriolet in “Lisbon’s Light”.

Watch here the C-Class Cabriolet and photographer Miguel Domingos in the beautiful city of Lisbon. Guest feature by Highsnobiety: Honing the photographer’s eye requires presence, attention to detail and open-mindedness. But like any skill, variety is essential in training it, keeping it guessing and always attentive. Portuguese photographer Miguel Domingos knows this all too well, living and working in some of the world’s most dynamic cities developing his talent. This new Lisbon’s Light video tells his story as he returns to his home in Lisbon in the C-Class Cabriolet and rediscovers the city.

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Mike Horn Pole2Pole. The Pangaea in the Antarctic.

Mike Horn: Around the world in 890 days.

Pole2Pole in numbers: Explorer Mike Horn and his G-Class on the first stages of his new expedition.
Mike Horn Pole2Pole: Infographic.
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Thrilling times with Mike Horn.

Mike Horn has been travelling for exactly 275 days on his “Pole2Pole” expedition. His mission: to travel once around the world in 890 days – from Europe to Africa, the Antarctic, Oceania, Asia, the Arctic and North America, and back to Europe. The starting signal for his new adventure was given early this year in front of the legendary Explorers Club in Manhattan. Mike’s trusty companions are the Mercedes-Benz G Class and his sailing ship Pangaea. The Mercedes-Benz brand ambassador has only just made the crossing with his expedition ship from Cape Town to the South Seas, heading for the Antarctic.

Before setting out on his solo crossing of the icy continent alone in the coming months, on foot and with skis, Mike reviewed his voyage to date and recorded some figures. The extreme athlete already has some exciting months behind him – and with New Zealand, Papua-New Guinea, Indonesia, Kamchatka, Greenland and the North Pole still to come, Mike can look forward to equally thrilling times ahead.

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