Earlier this month we reported details of an upcoming AMG hot-rod version of the iconic G-Class SUV. Now, Mercedes‘ AMG division has given us official information on the thing, essentially confirming much of what we already knew.
The G63 AMG sports a 5.5-liter twin-turbo (or as Mercedes calls it Bi-Turbo) V8 cranking out 544 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque, teamed with the AMG Speed-Shift Plus seven-speed automatic transmission. If that isn’t enough, there’s always the option of stepping up to the even more powerful G65, which sports a 6.0-liter Bi-Turbo V12, rated at 612 hp and a monstrous 737 lb-ft of torque.
To cope with the extra power on the AMG version, the venerable G-Class has received a few enhancements in the chassis and rolling stock department. To begin, it rides on specific 20-inch diameter wheels, shod in 275/50R20 rubber, behind which are upgraded brakes, that consist of large vented and cross-drilled discs front and back, along with six-piston front callipers borrowed from the ML 63 AMG, and single-pot clampers in the rear.
To compensate for the extra power, the engineers adjusted the suspension settings, while a number of measures have been taken to reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), namely optimizing the bearings in the transfer case, transmission and even the engine.
Cosmetically, a black grille, unique front apron with functional air inlets and fender flares are signature touches on the G63 AMG. The larger-engined G65 version is distinguished from the G63 via a gloss chrome grille, different emblems on the front fenders (V12 instead of V8 BITURBO script) and 20-inch wheels with a special high sheen finish.
Inside, there’s an AMG instrument cluster incorporating a TFT screen, while the E-SELECT shift lever sports the familiar AMG logo (not too dissimilar from that found in the gulling SLS). AMG 65 models are further differentiated by special V12 diamond design pattern on the seats, piano black interior trim fittings and special floor mats.
In terms of performance, Mercedes says the G63 AMG will stomp from 0-62 mph in 5.4 seconds, while its bigger engined brother is a tenth quicker, at 5.3 seconds. Pricing? Well in euros (including Germany’s 19 percent Value Added Tax) the smaller engine one has a MSRP of 137,504 (roughly $188,557 US) while the G 65 AMG is being listed at 264,180 (approximately $347,247). The vehicles are expected to be on sale in Europe beginning this June.
As for U.S. availability, although there’s no official word yet, given that the G63’s engine and exhaust system meet both Euro 5 and US LEV II standards, there’s a very good indication that the smaller engined one will make it to our shores in the near future. The V12 G65, as previously noted, is likely to be a Europe and rest of the world only model.