Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Hofele-Design dials up the style, luxury and practicality of iconic Mercedes-AMG G 63 Sport

HOFELE HG Sport
HOFELE-Design GmbH, the Stuttgart-based automotive design and engineering business specialising in manufacturer-approved enhancement of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, has launched a series of sporty yet refined aesthetic updates for the Mercedes-AMG G 63, the performance flagship variant of the iconic G-Class off-roader.

HOFELE HG Sport
HOFELE HG Sport

HOFELE-Design is an official partner of Mercedes-Benz AG for tuning Mercedes-Benz passenger cars. Base vehicles are supplied direct to HOFELE by Mercedes-Benz AG in the correct country-specific specifications, and completed cars are covered by the full manufacturer warranty. Current Mercedes-AMG G 63 owners can also ask HOFELE-Design to apply exterior and interior styling enhancements to their existing car.

Key among the aesthetic changes for the is a re-designed front bumper, which incorporates carbon fibre and ‘dark shadow’ chrome elements. The original front grille and the Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star are replaced by a HOFELE-Design signature grille in chrome, carbon or body-colour finishes. Low-profile roof-mounted LED projector lights, located just above the header rail at each corner, add further visual impact and increase night-time visibility for the driver.

“While this new ‘HOFELE HG Sport’ portfolio is HOFELE-Design’s most striking range of enhancements yet produced for a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon, it still adheres to our core design philosophy: elegance and sophistication with a touch of sportiness,” explains Stuart Whitmore, CEO at HOFELE-Design.

The new front bumper wraps around to meet extended, multi-contoured wheel arches, manufactured in carbon fibre. These arches house exclusive HOFELE-Design 24-inch Cross-Spoke forged alloy wheels, available in a variety of polished or painted finishes.

The side of the car is distinguished by electrically deployable ‘Full-Length Side Steps’, a unique feature patented by HOFELE-Design. A key characteristic of the standard Mercedes-AMG G 63 design is the exhausts which exit from the sills on both sides of the car, just ahead of the rear wheels. While this adds visual and aural appeal, it also interferes with the placement of the side-steps, especially for rear passengers who would ordinarily place a foot where the exhaust tips emerge. HOFELE-Design’s novel solution is a full-length deployable step that incorporates the exhaust tips. The step moves in and out when the doors are opened and closed, and the exhaust finishers move with it. “This retains the car’s iconic look, without compromising the functionality of the step for either the front or rear passengers,” explains Whitmore.

At the rear, more carbon fibre trim is evident, notably to the rear bumper and adorning the eye-catching, multi-spoke-effect HOFELE-Design cover for the rear door-mounted spare wheel.

Subtle luxury and greater practicality for refined interior
The entire cabin of the G 63 – seats, dashboard, centre console, door cards, pillars and headlining – are fully retrimmed by HOFELE-Design. Customers can choose from a selection of fine leathers and Alcantara, available in a carefully selected palette of colours. Exquisite attention to detail can be seen everywhere. Ornate yet subtle perforation and stitching, also unique to HOFELE-Design, is made possible through use of highly precise computer-controlled technology.

To augment the practicality and versatility of the original G 63’s interior, HOFELE-Design offers a choice of the standard five-seat arrangement, the HOFELE VIP four-seat layout, or even a six-seat layout across three rows, of which the rearmost pair are easily removable when additional luggage space is required.

Running-gear unchanged, warranty preserved
The mechanical components of the original G 63, including the engine and chassis, are not modified by HOFELE-Design, preserving the integrity of manufacturer and dealer warranties. “Our clients consider the performance available from the factory-fit 4.0-litre V8 bi-turbo powertrain more than sufficient,” adds Whitmore.