The much awaited sensational Mercedes-Benz G-Class' G63 AMG version definitely lives up to its cult status
Mercedes-Benz recently revealed the new generation G-Class that retains the trademark design elements of the original Gelandewagon. And now the new G63 AMG has been unveiled.
Under the squarish bonnet is AMG’s 5.5-litre, bi-turbo V8 petrol engine that develops 551PS of power and 760Nm of torque. The engine features a start/stop system and spray-controlled fuel injection for a clean and efficient combustion cycle under varying conditions. The result is 0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds and a limited top speed of 208km/h.
The engine is mated to the AMG Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic automatic gearbox that features three modes - C for Comfort Efficiency, M for Manual and S for Sport, and an automatic double declutching function during downshifting. The engine and gearbox combines have improved fuel efficiency by 13 percent over its predecessor.
The suspension and dampers of the G63 AMG have been tweaked for sportier handling. The NVH levels of the G63 AMG have also been lowered with optimised bearings in the gearbox, transfer case and engine cut vibration. The G63 AMG also gets new ventilated and perforated brake discs and new 20-inch AMG light alloy wheels.
The new G63 AMG comes with a readjusted Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) that includes start-up assist and Hold function. There is also an optional trailer coupling ESP for trailer towing purposes in which fishtailing of the trailer can be avoided with the help of the vehicle’s ESP system that reducing engine torque and applying the brakes on the trailer’s wheels.
A Mercedes G-Class stands out in a crowd and the G63 AMG is no different. Its twin blade high gloss black radiator grille differentiates it from the standard G-Class. The G63 AMG also gets a new front bumper and flared wheel arches, stainless steel inserts on the running boards and stainless steel inserts on the side protective strips. There is also a ‘V8 biturbo’ badge on the front mudguard and ‘G63’ badge on the back of the vehicle.
On the inside, the G63 AMG gets an AMG instrument cluster with colour TFT screen with AMG main menu and separate gear display, designo leather upholstery with ruffled leather door panelling and designo exclusive package and AMG carbon trim.
The G55 AMG has enjoyed a cult image across the globe ever since 2004 and the new G63 AMG version with more firepower will boost that image a notch or two.