The folks at Ares Design couldn't wait to get their hands on the next-generation G-Wagen, so they made their own version instead.

Former Lotus honcho, Dany Bahar, owns the Italian coachbuilder. The company describes its new Ares X-Raid as "a rare and head turning piece of art."

The X-Raid is a Mercedes-AMG G63 with a new carbon fiber and aluminum skin that sheds nearly 440 pounds. It rolls on 22-inch custom wheels.



Under the hood, the 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine now packs 760 horsepower. It still has a limited top speed of 155 mph.

Inside, it gets a sports steering wheel with "precious material inserts," Nappa leather upholstery, and two single VIP seats in the rear.



The Ares X-Raid is custom made to order and can be ordered directly from the designer's Modena, Italy factory. Ares Design is also working on its version of a Bentley Mulsanne.

Plan on spending big bucks on your custom wheels too—at least half a million for starters.

Just think of how exclusive your car will be. Or you can always wait until 2019 for the new Mercedes-AMG version.




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