The Mercedes-AMG G 63 is the quickest and most powerful G-Class in the model’s history – it’s the ultimate combination of off-road ability and on-road performance from the iconic go-anywhere G-Class. Practically unchanged since it was launched in 1979, the G-Class is the longest-running model series in Mercedes-Benz history. As well as its powerful AMG engine, the Mercedes-AMG G 63 features enhanced exterior styling and a new interior cabin. In the UK, the Mercedes-AMG line-up also includes a range of boldly styled Colour Edition models, available in Solar Beam, Tomato Red, Alien Green, Sunset Beam and Galactic Beam.
The Mercedes-AMG G 63 is powered by a 5,461cc biturbo direct-injection V8 petrol engine, that drives all four wheels through a Mercedes-AMGSpeedshift Plus 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic transmission with ECO start/stop function. The advanced V8 powerplant – hand-assembled by a single engineer, like all Mercedes-AMG engines – develops 544 hp at 5,500 rpm and 760 Nm at 2,000-5,000 rpm, for a 0-62 mph time of 5.4 seconds and a 130 mph limited top speed. Combined average fuel economy and CO2 emission figures are 20.5 mpg and 322 g/km. Despite this dynamism, the Mercedes-AMG G 63 is 15 per cent more fuel-efficient and has 13 per cent lower CO2 emissions than its predecessor, the Mercedes-AMG G 55 KOMPRESSOR.
The “G” in G-Class stands for Geländewagen, meaning cross-country vehicle, and for more than three decades has overcome any obstacle in its path, including obsolescence. Its unrivalled combination of all-road ability and exceptional luxury has seen it win the Paris-Dakar Rally outright and transport two Popes, testimonies to its multi-faceted abilities. The G-Class is, and always has been, hand-assembled for Mercedes-Benz at the Magna Steyr facility in Graz, Austria. Each vehicle takes 40 hours to build, and production is pegged at just 15 a day.
Fitted as standard, the Mercedes-AMG High Performance brakes consist of ventilated and perforated discs at all four corners. Those at the front measure 375 x 36 mm, while the rears are 330 x 20 mm. Together they ensure maximum deceleration, feel and performance with high resistance to fade in repeated hard use. The six-piston front calipers come from the new Mercedes-AMG ML 63. There is a single-piston floating caliper on each rear wheel. The suspension has also been revised to handle the performance hike, with uprated springs and dampers.
In addition to the bi-xenon headlamps and LED daytime running lamps, electric heated and folding door mirrors with integral indicators that mark out the current G-Class, the Mercedes-AMG G 63 also features a high-gloss black twin-lamella radiator grille with four chrome inserts and a new Mercedes-AMG bumper with three large cooling air inlets. Wheel-arch flares, stainless steel side running boards, side protective strips with stainless steel inserts, a ‘V8 BITURBO’ logo on the front wings other instant identifiers, as are Mercedes-AMG chromed twin exhaust tailpipes and five-twin-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, the Mercedes-AMG G 63 features an all-new interior with a redesigned dashboard, a new instrument cluster and a completely new centre console. COMAND Online with Media Interface is now standard, which includes a seven-inch centrally mounted colour display, hard disk drive navigation with 3D map display and Traffic Message Channel (TMC), Speed Limit Assist, Linguatronic voice control and in-car internet access. Bespoke Mercedes-AMG touches include an Mercedes-AMG instrument cluster with colour TFT screen, Mercedes-AMG main menu and separate gear display, plus Mercedes-AMG sills on the doors, back-lit in white. The gear lever also features the AMG logo, and the interior is trimmed in designo leather upholstery with ruffled leather door panelling.
With its robust ladder-frame construction, permanent all-wheel drive, low-range transfer gearbox, three 100 per cent locking differentials and a raft of electronic driver aids specifically calibrated for arduous off-road work, the Mercedes-AMG G 63 can tackle anything in its path. Torque is split equally between front and rear axles, with the 4ETS Electronic Traction System constantly monitoring the speeds of each wheel and directing torque to those with the best grip. With all three differential locks engaged – front, centre and rear - traction from a single wheel is enough to drive the Mercedes-AMG G 63 forward. This off-road prowess is visually reinforced by the grab handle on the front-passenger side and the switches for the three differential locks, which are aligned within the driver's field of vision and highlighted with silver-coloured trim.
The Mercedes-AMG G 63 can ford water up to 600 mm deep, climb or descend 80 per cent gradients and lean at an angle of 54 per cent without tipping over. It can approach slopes with a 27 degree angle and depart them at an angle of up to 27 degrees. The immensely strong ladder-frame chassis is injected with 50 litres of corrosion-repelling wax, while the bodywork is welded at more than 6,000 points to ensure exceptional chassis rigidity.
In keeping with its go-anywhere-in-luxury remit, the Mercedes-AMG G 63 features a long list of standard equipment. Highlights include 20-inch Mercedes-AMG five-twin-spoke alloy wheels, Bluetooth® interface; COMAND Online with Media Interface; and a powerful Harman Kardon® Logic 7® surround-sound system. Further equipment fitted as standard includes Mercedes-AMG body styling featuring exclusive Mercedes-AMG front aprons with cooling air intakes in black; Mercedes-AMG flared wheel arches in vehicle colour; red Mercedes-AMG brake calipers; Mercedes-AMG brushed stainless steel door sill panels; Mercedes-AMG radiator grille with chrome-trimmed double louvre and grid; Mercedes-AMG sports exhaust system with two chrome-trimmed tailpipes; Mercedes-AMG instrument cluster with TFT display; designo Black Piano Lacquer wood trim; designoleather upholstery, and designo nappa black leather steering wheel and gear shift trim. The Mercedes-AMG G 63 also features a wide range of optional packages, including a Seat Comfort Package and Rear Seat Entertainment System.
The Mercedes-AMG G 63 has a length x width x height of 4,662 x 2,055 x 1,951 mm. Its wheelbase is 2,850 mm long and it weighs 2,550 kg. It can pull a 3,500 kg braked trailer, or a trailer of 750 kg unbraked, and electronic Trailer Stability Assist, which counters any tendency of the trailer to fishtail, is fitted as standard.
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