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When Mercedes-Benz first launched the Gelandewagen (a.k.a. G-Class) in 1979, it’s purpose in life was to be mainly a military vehicle. Their goal was to take business away from the Land Rover Defender, a vehicle that was synonymous with the likes of NATO’s peace keeping forces, as well as the African safari adventurers.
However, over the years, the G-class has evolved and has become a vehicle that is more likely to be found in the urban jungle, rather than the actual jungle.
Quite a few years ago, they came up with the G55 model, which had a super-charged V8 capable of producing around 500-hp. Some thought that would be the ultimate G-class, but they underestimated the madness of AMG engineers.
Now comes news, the G65 is upon us, and it will pack a 6.0-liter, twin-turbo V12, that is capable of producing 612-hp. We first reported on this last year, when it was just a rumor. Now it has turned out to be true, as information of the G65′s specs and pricing has been leaked by AutoEvolution.
According to the spec sheet, this V12 SUV will send power to all-wheels via an AMG Speedshift Plus 7-G-Tronic automatic gearbox, which should not only give it better performance, but also better fuel economy (as if the latter matters to those who buy V12 SUV’s that weigh well over two-tons).
If you’re interested, be prepared to fork out roughly $290,000 to have one. It is expected to go on sale in June.
There was a time when the Mercedes-Benz G-Class was the backbone of Western protection against the creeping threat of the Reds, and had nothing to do with chain-wearing Eurosnobs or those who brag onstage about their bullet wounds. Then again, nobody in West Germany tried to shove a twin-turbocharged V12 into one in order to pan-fry the Volksarmee even faster.
Hey, isn’t this progress? The ADD-riddled engineers at AMG might be hard at work shoehorning the same 6.0-liter biturbo V12 from the S65 AMG into the G-Class: 612-horsepower and 737 lb-ft of torque might be enough for some people out there, but that’s just what Mercedes hopes to find.
Mercedes hasn’t made an official announcement on what would be dubbed the G65 AMG, presumably because of international weapons restrictions. But as for a name, “Thunderbrick,” “Checkpoint Charlie’s Revenge,” or “Thor’s Own Freakin’ Nuclear-Powered Birth Mother” could suffice.