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Affalterbach’s prodigal automotive nutters, Mercedes-AMG, have pulled the tarpaulin off its penultimate off-roader, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63, which aims to offer the perfect blend of on-road presence and off-road capability, even if the latter aspect will never really be explored.
It carries with it all the benefits of the all-new G-Class which was launched almost exactly a month ago. As such, the G63 benefits from an all-new construction that blends a multitude of metals and alloys together resulting in a 55% stronger structure. Further, the G63 is now larger than the outgoing model: It’s 101mm longer, 121mm wider, and 40mm taller.
Most importantly, the G63 gets an all-new engine. Under the bonnet you’ll find a 4.0-litre biturbo V8, which places its two turbochargers inside the V of the engine, which works to produce an immense 430kW and 850Nm. This means that the G63 can do the century sprint in an little as 4.5-seconds, to a top speed of up to 240km/h. And if it matters to you, it also features cylinder deactivation, contributing to the (claimed) fuel consumption of 13.2L/100km.
The power goes to all-four wheels via a 9-speed automatic gearbox, which also allows for multiple downshifts for “more spontaneous bursts of speed.” Unique to the AMG-fettled G are the side-exit exhausts, and the enormous alloy wheels (which can be specced up to 22-inch units), and the Panamericana grille up front that’s been lifted straight off of AMG’s other performance cars.
“The new AMG G63 brings driving performance to the segment of unadulterated off-road vehicles in unexpected form. It was important for us to tie in with the original character on account of the cult status the G 63 enjoys with our customers and fans. The vehicle has nevertheless reached a completely new dimension in terms of technology with the 4.0‑litre V8 biturbo engine as well as in combination with the off-road characteristics, the agility and the vehicle dynamics achieved. This applies to the entire G-Class model series. Mercedes-AMG is responsible for their suspension and chassis development, as well as V8 competence.” — Tobias Moers, CEO, Mercedes-AMG GmbH
Off-road capability has not been compromised too much, with the G63 retaining the off-road reduction gear to help with low-traction launches, as well as the low-range gearbox which can be switched in or out from at speeds of up to 70km/h. There are still three diff-locks in the G63, though AMG says they “now respond to the switches more rapidly.”
AMG Ride Control also features here, aiming to provide both dynamism and off-road agility. There’s a totally-redesigned suspension system with independent double-wishbone front suspension, while the rear is serviced by a rigid axle with a five-link setup. A total of 241mm of ground clearance is available on the G63, though we’re doubtful many owners will ever need it. There’s also adjustable damping (of course their is) and a variable-weight steering wheel.
The cabin of the G63 benefits from a greatly more luxurious and modern cabin. Features like the passenger grab handle and prominently-placed triple diff-lock switches are still there, though there are now a pair of 12.3-inch widescreen displays (optional) that sit atop them, something the outgoing G wouldn’t have even thought of. Upgraded cabin materials also feature to improve the ambience in what was originally conceived 40-years ago as a utilitarian military vehicle.
The Mercedes-AMG G63 will be arriving on our shores in Q3 of this year, and is expected to land in Edition 1 guise first. Edition 1 models will get 22-inch matte black wheels, gloss-black details, stripes along the body and on the mirror housings, as well as red cabin highlights.
Pricing and further specifications will be detailed closer to launch, so be sure to stay rooted to CarShowroom as we bring you more updates as they come.