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New Mercedes-AMG G 63 unveiled

Adam Towler
13 Feb 2018

Pictures and full details released on AMG’s pumped up new G-class

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It might look reassuringly familiar, but celebs everywhere can now rejoice with the official unveiling of the all-new Mercedes-AMG G 63. 

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At its heart lies the latest ‘hot vee’ 4-litre V8 biturbo engine, which takes over from the 5.5-litre V8 biturbo used in the previous generation model. It produces 577bhp and 627lb ft, which is just as well given the G 63 weighs just short of 2.5 tons. In spite of this, the G 63 can hurl itself to 62mph from rest in just 4.5-seconds, and then on top a limited top speed of 137mph. Specify the AMG Driver’s Package and that top speed can be raised to 149mph. 

AMG has incorporated cylinder deactivation technology, which plays its part in the G 63 achieving an official combined fuel consumption figure of 21.4mpg. In the real world, expect a considerably more distressing figure.

Drive from the V8 is deployed through a nine-speed Speedshift TCT 9G ‘box, and then to a 4Matic four-wheel drive system that now possesses a 40:60 (front-rear) torque split (compared to the 50:50 distribution of the old model). In fact, with its double wishbones on the front axle and a 55% more torsionally rigid body, the new G has taken a significant step towards modernity, including numerous driver modes covering the adaptive suspension, steering weight and engine and gearbox calibration. There are five on-road driving modes, and three off-road modes (Sand, Trail and Rocks). Then again, with its rigid rear axle and ladder frame, it’s clear where the G 63’s real focus lies, even if most will never venture out of city centres. Once again, there are locks on the front, rear and centre differentials, now electromechanically actuated and fully networked, with a low range gear set enabled by a reduction gear accessible below 25mph. 

Familiar G 63 design cues are readily apparent on the exterior, with side exit exhaust pipes, running boards and wheels in up to 22” size present. An AMG Night Package blacks out much of the glazing and lighting, and adds a matt-black finish to the alloy wheels. Inside, a full width digital cockpit is an option, along with a host of luxury and personalisation options. 

Expect the G 63 to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show, with cars appearing later in the summer. 

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