Because the beautiful French countryside flies by, all I can do is snigger. A Three-ton SUV with the aerodynamic drag coefficient of a business fridge has simply hit 60 miles per hour in a scant Four.Four seconds, and the pace continues to climb with relentless ambition. This expertise is equal elements pleasant and absurd.
That is the Mercedes-AMG G63 in a nutshell. It’s an unimaginable show of automotive extra; an SUV that’s as succesful on-road as it’s within the filth, with one in all Mercedes’ most luxurious interiors and an look that simply oozes cool.
The 2019 AMG G63 advantages from the identical slew of updates as the brand new G550. Meaning there is a stronger chassis and physique construction, and the doorways, fenders and hood at the moment are created from light-weight aluminum.
You may discover the G63 firstly by its AMG-specific schnoz. I am not utterly bought on Mercedes’ vertically oriented Panamericana grille right here on the large, boxy G-Wagen, however the whole lot else appears to be like nice. The flared wheel arches home normal 20-inch rollers wrapped in 275/50-series rubber, although you will extra probably see this stuff using on the elective 22s. Meaty 15.7-inch entrance and 14.6-inch rear brake rotors sit behind these upsized wheels, and the G63 sits a tenth of an inch decrease to the bottom than its G550 counterpart.
The G63 will get an AMG-specific steering wheel and a few distinctive colour choices, however in any other case, it has the identical fantastic inside as the brand new G550.
No scarcity of luxurious or tech
Every part I like concerning the G550’s inside applies to the AMG G63. It is much more spacious and much more comfy than earlier than, with fashionable design and excellent execution. The G63 will get just a few distinctive materials colours and a thick-rimmed, flat-bottomed, AMG-specific steering wheel, however in any other case, what you you noticed within the G550 carries over unchanged.
That features the 12.Three-inch middle show for Mercedes’ principally good COMAND infotainment system. Should you spec the elective dual-screen setup, which replaces the normal gauges with a second 12.Three-inch display, you will discover some AMG-specific readouts throughout the suite of driving information, together with the all-important lap timer and g-force meter.
It is actually not a sports activities automobile, however due to its new entrance suspension and electromechanical steering setup, the AMG G63 is way simpler to manage whereas driving quick.
Unbelievable energy, now with extra poise
Whereas the AMG G63 makes use of the identical Four.Zero-liter twin-turbo V8 engine because the G550, it is tuned to ship a powerful wealth of energy. There’s now a staggering 577 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque on supply. Not solely is that 14 horsepower and 66 pound-feet greater than the outgoing G63, it is a full 161 horsepower and 177 pound-feet greater than the brand new G550, which is already lots strong by way of accessible oomph. Mix that with a quick-shifting nine-speed computerized transmission and rear-biased four-wheel-drive, and that is how the completely nutso Four.Four-second Zero-60 dash is feasible. It is a full second faster to 60 mph than the earlier G63, and loud as hell. My God.
The place the outdated G63 was an absolute terror to drive rapidly on winding roads, the brand new mannequin is considerably extra composed. Credit score the totally impartial entrance suspension and (particularly) the brand new electromechanical steering setup, each of that are barely massaged for AMG obligation. Just like the G550, the G63’s steering is much extra direct and responsive in its motion, although nonetheless missing in tactile suggestions. Fast transitions will end in noticeable physique roll, however it’s nowhere close to as topsy-turvy because the outdated G63. This brutish SUV is a merely so much simpler to manage, and the large, AMG-specific brakes can scrub off pace with a quickness ought to issues begin to get out of hand.
The G63 will get 5 totally different driving modes in its Dynamic Choose toggle, with the default Consolation mode offering a terrific stability of unimaginable energy and manageable aggression. An Eco mode relaxes the throttle response within the hopes of enhancing gasoline financial system (hahaha), and on the opposite finish, Sport and Sport+ modes sharpen the steering response and accelerator response, in addition to stiffen the adaptive AMG dampers. A remaining Slippery mode adjustments the four-wheel-drive torque distribution from its default 40/60 entrance/rear break up to an equal 50/50 setup, and stiffens the dampers for higher management in dicey situations.
Although not fairly as succesful as a G550, you’ll be able to nonetheless lock all three of the G63’s differentials, and there are Path, Rock and Sand modes constructed into the off-road Dynamic Choose toggle.
Oh yeah, it will off-road
Similar to the G550, the AMG G63 permits you to lock all three differentials on the full-time 4WD system by way of giant buttons within the middle stack. Locking the middle diff places the G63 into its off-road setting, the place the Dynamic Choose toggle helps you to change between Path, Rock and Sand modes, altering the steering weight and throttle mapping to permit for smoother inputs higher suited to every sort of terrain.
The G550’s G Mode adaptive off-road settings aren’t accessible on the G63, however that does not imply it will possibly’t deal with the robust stuff. The G63’s strategy and departure angles are solely a few levels extra acute than the G550’s, although its breakover angle is decreased by a full Four.Three levels. Nonetheless, it will ford as much as 27.6 inches of mucky water, and with a lot energy on supply, it is arduous to think about a state of affairs through which the G63 would really get caught. The place the G63 will probably be most at house off-road is on sand dunes, or drifting round lengthy sweepers on dusty trails. Simply be sure you match the right tires. I would not dream of leaving pavement in one in all these rolling on 22s with summer season rubber.
Should you’re holding out for a V12-powered AMG G65, you are out of luck. Good factor the brand new G63 is all of the automotive overkill you will ever want.
The final word G
Simply because the G550 is a greater G-Class in all the suitable methods, so, too, is the G63. It ups the luxurious and tech issue by an enormous margin, and enhancements in drivability imply you’ll be able to really use that massive reserve of energy.
The G63 is anticipated to begin round $140,000 to $150,000, or about $20,000 greater than an equal G550. You would possibly increase an eyebrow at that, however do not forget that the present G63 really outsells the G550 in locations just like the Center East and Los Angeles. In these markets, the G-Wagen is firstly a standing image. And should you’re holding out for a brand new V12-powered G65, nicely, do not maintain your breath. In addition to, the beautiful overkill of the brand new G63 will swimsuit you simply superb.
Houston, we’ve liftoff.
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