Like wealth, luxury goods are one of many things we’ll never get enough of. There will always be something or someone out there pushing the boundaries of the exclusivity to entice us to part ways with our money.
This Mercedes-Benz GLS Grand Edition is one such example. As you all may have seen last year, the Mercedes-Benz GLS 400 4MATIC launched in Malaysia is a prime example of plushness on four wheels money can buy. With 333 hp and 480 Nm of torque from a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 engine at the disposal of its four wheels, 0 to 100 km/h takes a blinding 6.6 seconds before it tops out at around 240 km/h.
|Name||Mercedes-Benz GLS 400 4MATIC|
|Engine||2,996cc; twinturbo V6|
|Transmission||9G-TRONIC, 9-speed automatic|
|Max Power||333 hp @ 5,250 – 6,000 rpm|
|Max Torque||480 Nm @ 1,600 – 4,000 rpm|
|0-100 km/h; Top Speed||6.6 seconds; 240 km/h|
|Price (OTR without insurance)||RM888,888|
With the Grand Edition, focus is heightened on the aesthetics rather than the mechanics of this elegant monstrosity. On the outside, its presence is intensified with 10-spoke, 20-inch light-alloy wheels that are painted in black and topped off with a high-sheen finish. Other additions to the exterior include Grand Edition badges on the side of the wings.
The exclusive aura in the interior is further heightened with the combination of porcelain and espresso brown, a mix that is only available in this edition. Seats are draped in nappa leather with diamond quilting, seamed in mid brown and special Budapest-design piping. Exclusive to the Grand Edition is the open-pore Radiant lime trim with light stripes.
The Interior Package costs 5950 euros (approx RM 29,500) while the Exterior Package costs 2300 euros (approx Rm 11,400) – chump change for those playing at this level; no parting of kidneys required.