High-performance Mercedes-AMG G63 revealed
Mercedes-Benz reveals AMG variant of the all-new G-Glass off-roader, powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine
Those clamouring for a powerful version the latest Mercedes G-Class are in luck, as the German manufacturer today revealed the high-performance G63.
Set to make its public debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the now range-topping machine boasts a distinctive look, new technology and – as to be expected from an AMG model – a high-output engine.
It’s a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 unit, delivering 577bhp and 850Nm of torque that is sent to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic gearbox.
It’s capable taking the G63 from 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds and on to an electronically-limited top speed of 137mph (which can be optionally increased to 149mph) – no mean feat considering the car’s 2,560kg kerb weight. Mercedes-AMG claims it can achieve 21.4mpg while emitting 299g/km of CO2.
Helping to keep this power to the ground is AMG Ride Control suspension, which has been tuned by the German manufacturer’s performance arm specifically for the G63.
It now features coil springs on all four corners of the car, while the front axle fully-independent wishbone suspension is a first for the G-Class. Mercedes-AMG says this improves off-road ability of the car, while making it more comfortable and more dynamic to drive than its predecessor.
Visual changes to the G-Class distinguish this as an AMG model, including a re-profiled front bumper with large air intakes to aid cooling, while a new grille – reminiscent of that on the AMG GT sports car – also features on the car. Other details include red brake callipers, ‘V8 BiTurbo’ badging and optional 22-inch alloy wheels.
Inside the car, there’s a 12.3-inch screen in-front of the driver that displays information digitally that traditionally is shown using dials, such as speed and fuel levels, as well as showing navigation information and current song amongst other features.
Also available are electrically-adjustable heated seats that feature a massage function and climate-control, as well as an ‘AMG Performance’ steering wheel finished in nappa leather.
Details on pricing and UK specifications are yet to be revealed but expect to hear more following the car’s public debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, taking place from March 6 to 18. It’ll go on sale at the end of March, with deliveries to follow from August.
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