The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Travel Time Again

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Travel time again

This weekend, I am travelling to Bangkok and Bali, Indonesia, and over the next few weeks I will be reporting on what's hot and trending on that side of the world.

Shoe for you big day

For those of you looking for a unique shoe for your wedding day, check out Kiss Me Quick by Charlotte Olympia. The contrasting ivory and red platform with a delicate ankle strap and lip detail adds a playful touch to your wedding day. Each pair comes with padded silk shoe trees and blue-trimmed stockings to be worn as your 'something blue' on your big day.

Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG review

AMG has dropped its new bi-turbo V8 into the boxy old G-class to transform the G55 into the even more powerful G63 AMG. The hottest version of the now 33-year-old G wagon was until recently still making do with the old supercharged '55' V8. Skipping the 6.2-litre naturally aspirated engine altogether, it now hides the latest twin-turbo V8 as fitted to the new SL63 sports car.

Power is up from 500bhp to 537bhp, and torque from 516lb ft to 561lb ft, all the way through from 2000-5000rpm. Breathing through its twin side pipes, it sounds unbelievably naughty and the torque reaction is so strong when you blip the throttle at a standstill that the whole car rocks from side to side. Zero to 62mph takes 5.4sec, a tenth quicker than before, but the top speed is once again limited to 130mph.

What's it like to drive?

The G-class is an army truck, a farm vehicle, an old-school off-roader in the mould of the Defender with a separate chassis and live axles. There's only so much AMG can do, especially when a corporate edict requires it retain its off-road ability. The steering is slower, but at least if you do end up in the shrubbery, the G-class can haul itself out again, thanks to those tyres and its three differential locks and low ratio. Unlike most performance SUVs, this is one that genuinely can do the off-road thing.

Interior and Exterior

The interior is massively improved, and now features a modern Mercedes dashboard and Comand multimedia interface. The safety kit has improved too. The old car's electronic architecture was based on the long-since-replaced C-class, but updating it allows fitment of gadgets like adaptive cruise control, blind spot assistance and voice control for the sat nav. The G65 gets some swanky leather upholstery from Merc's Designo range, an option on the G63. From the outside you'll recognise the G63 by its 20in rims, LED daytime running lights, double-louvre AMG grille and new bumpers, which feature huge air intakes.

PlayList

Wide Awake - Katy Perry

Gambler - Kenny Rogers

Private Dancer - Tina Turner

Stir it up - Bob Marley

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