Achilles Desert Hawk XMT complement Mercedes-Benz 280GE Short Wheel Base of Secretary General of Mercedes Jip IndonesiaThursday, January 4, 2018
Mercedes-Benz G-Class or also known as 'Gelandewagen', is an Austrian based luxury SUV model developed by Magna Steyr, and marketed by Mercedes-Benz. Until now, there has been three different models G-Class, namely W460 (Classic, and no longer in production), W461 (military and worker) and W463 (Luxury and Sport).
In its history, this car was developed as a military vehicle. But since 1979, G-Wagen was also produced as a civilian version and immediately became a favorite of automotive lovers because of its retro box appearance. The design of this car is so simple but looks dashing without many curves as commonly found in modern cars. Because of its military DNA, 4WD transmission is mandatory for this car.
In Indonesia, W460 has a special place in the hearts of his fans, one of which is owned by general secretary of Mercedes Jip Indonesia (MJI) who owns a 280GE Short Wheel Base 1985. This car is a restoration project that he always craved, after a lot of customization made from the previous owner.
Starting from the paint using Glasurrit which is Mercedes Benz standard, painted back to red as original colour from the factory. Side Fender flare made from rubber after 1”, and selected from limited edition that only in market for 1 year in Austria. Sliding side glass is optional feature from the factory and accentuate classic style in its era. Grill with additional washer headlamp that is only available in European countries, lamp cover, and bumper using original sparepart. Front bumper towing, Uni European specification glass, third brake light, semi rigid spare tire cover. The interior also undergone total revamp using wool covered Recaro in small karo motive, back seat is now facing forward, and all of the seats are also completed with seatbelt, and the steering wheels using the earlier version that looks similar to 1979 UNIMOG.
The engine also used the 280GE original, but undergone customized using parts with engine basis of M110E 2800cc. Combined with automatic transmission and change of front-rear gardan that has differential locker. Some parts are imported directly from Magna Steyr, and some are purchased from stores in Germany and G-Class clubs in other countries.
On the exterior, the allow wheels used 16-inch optional Puch combined with Achilles Desert Hawk XMT to improve its cruising range. Desert Hawk XMT has very aggressive thread design, which make the cars have extraordinary traction to balance the big engine capacity. This tire also has strong sidewall, which make it safe from the foreign object that may damage the tire when driving in the rough terrain. This tire also has stocky design, which strengthened the macho image of this car.
We have not only masculine look from this restoration. Completing overall look and car performance with Achilles Desert Hawk XMT can bring extraordinary driving sensation.