These wheels and tires are distinctive to the AMG Path Bundle.

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The Mercedes-Benz G-Class has end-of-the-world, Schöckl-scaling off-road functionality, however that is not why most individuals purchase ’em. Within the US, the G63 outsells the bottom G550, and never by a small margin. On high of that, I can just about assure all of the AMGs you see working round have 22-inch wheels and rubber bands for tires. It is why I’ve at all times mentioned the G550 is definitely the higher purchase for people who would possibly wish to get slightly soiled. However because of a brand new possibility pack for the 2021 AMG G63, that is not likely the case anymore.

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For $3,050, you may spec your 2021 Mercedes-AMG G63 with the AMG Path Bundle. This provides a recalibrated off-road setting to the G63’s driving modes, with softer damping for a barely extra deft method to off-roading. This pack additionally provides a black underbody brush guard, all-season ground mats, rear mud flaps and matte black 20-inch wheels with — and that is the necessary bit — all-terrain tires. Functionality apart, the Path Bundle is a extremely cool look. And paired with new paint colours like this check automotive’s G Manufaktur Arabian Gray, I am 100% right here for AMG’s butch updo.

The all-terrain tires in query are deliciously meaty 275/50 Pirelli Scorpion ATRs. Their tall sidewalls and aggressive tread sample are much better than these on any all-season tire, particularly when the going will get powerful. These deep treads can higher expel dust and dirt, and when aired down, they supply glorious traction and management in deep sand. Look, I am not going to try to let you know the G63 is not a stellar off-roader in its inventory spec, however nice suspension geometry, locking axles and a giant V8 imply bupkis if the contact patches — the factors the place your automotive truly touches the bottom — are weak.

Let’s not neglect the guts and soul of the G63: AMG’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. This engine produces 577 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque, despatched to all 4 wheels by a nine-speed automated transmission. This not solely rockets the G63 to 60 mph in a scant 4.4 seconds, it means there’s an enormous reserve of low-end energy out there always. I will admit, even with the delicate suspension and acceptable tires, numerous bushy off-roading conditions might be remedied by following the trusty “when unsure, energy out” idea.

However even should you by no means take the G63 off-road, the Path Bundle pays dividends in day by day life, too. These softer tires make for a extra comfy freeway journey, and whereas the tradeoff right here is decreased lateral traction at velocity, let’s be trustworthy, you are not doing any scorching cornering in a freaking G63. The tire change should not have an effect on your gas economic system, both; anticipate to see the identical dismal 13 miles per gallon metropolis, 16 mpg freeway and 14 mpg mixed as earlier than. Then once more, what else would you anticipate from a 577-hp SUV that is about as aerodynamic as a barn?

The G63’s primary chassis and steering calibrations do not change if you choose the AMG Path Bundle, so all of these good — properly, distinctive — attributes carry over, as properly. Plus, each G63 comes commonplace with Mercedes’ full suite of driver-assistance options, together with full-speed adaptive cruise management, blind-spot help and lane-keeping help. The G63 additionally comes with a 360-degree digicam, which is tremendous useful when negotiating tight conditions, off-road or in any other case.

The G-Class nonetheless makes use of Mercedes’ older COMAND infotainment.

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Past driving aids, the G63 will get the entire G-Class’ finest cabin tech, with one main caveat. There is a 12.3-inch reconfigurable gauge cluster and a 12.3-inch central infotainment display, however this runs the older COMAND setup, not Mercedes’ glorious new MBUX interface. Meaning there is no touchscreen, no augmented actuality navigation overlays and no pleasant “Hey, Mercedes” voice to let you know a joke once you’re having a poopy day. At the least COMAND has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto bundled in, in addition to quite a few Mercedes-Benz related providers. A Burmester sound system is commonplace, too.

The G63’s inside is simply so rattling good, with non-compulsory Nappa leather-based surfaces, actual metallic accents and glorious consideration to element. There’s headroom for days, even when shoulder room is on the slim aspect, and the G63 has loads of no-additional-cost facilities, like heated entrance and rear seats, multicolor ambient lighting, a sunroof and extra. The again seats are tight-ish, however at the least there’s actual legroom on this technology G-Class, and the heavy, side-hinged rear door opens to disclose an enormous cargo maintain — although many of the usable area is vertical. Go purchase some tall vegetation, however put a tarp down so you do not mess up the carpet.

Arabian Gray is a $6,500 paint possibility.

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You will want at the least $157,500 to get right into a 2021 Mercedes-AMG G63, together with $1,050 for vacation spot. Throw within the $3,050 AMG Path Bundle — together with my check automotive’s AMG Night time Bundle ($1,950), Consolation Seat Bundle ($2,220), carbon-fiber trim ($3,700), Arabian Gray paint ($6,500) and some different odds and ends — and you will get to the $176,370 as-tested value of the G63 pictured right here. There’s an entire extensive world of shade and trim choices out there for the G63, too, so by all means, go nuts.

I would be remiss to not point out that the $132,800 G550 will examine 95% of the identical packing containers for lots much less cash, although the Path Bundle is barely out there on the G63. (Nothing a tire store cannot partially treatment, although.) Then once more, given the G’s gross sales stats, the 550/AMG disparity clearly would not matter. And now that the Path Bundle amplifies the G63’s off-road cred to G550-surpassing ranges, the hilariously highly effective AMG is even tougher to argue towards. Dwell it up, huge spender.

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