G force comes at a cost

Riley Riley

For going off road or just going off the Mercedes-AMG G 63 has few peers.

For when the G 63 blasts off the ‘G-force’ will pin your ears to the back of the seat.

We’re talking about Benz’s old look but seriously cool 4WD, in its ultimate AMG guise.

That means it’s packing a 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 that punches out 430kW and 850NM of torque, and able to blast from rest to 100km/h in an impressive 4.5 seconds.

Kind of takes your breath away, so too could the price which has just been revealed — from $247,700 before on-road costs.

The latest version looks pretty much the same as before but features some first time features such as two 12.3-inch widescreen displays, multibeam LED headlights, and adaptive damping.

Other key improvements include a new 590-watt Burmester surround audio system with 15 speakers; ambient lighting with 64 colours and eight colour schemes; standard Parking Package with Active Parking Assist and 360 degree camera; a sliding glass sunroof with tilt function; selectable AMG sports exhaust system; KEYLESS-GO starting function; AMG Performance steering wheel in Nappa leather; and 21-inch AMG 5-Twin spoke alloy wheels.

Power is fed to all four wheels through a permanent all-wheel drive system via a 9-Speed auto, with the ability to shift on the fly into low range, with three diff locks to call on when the going gets tough.

The suspension has been beefed up with independent suspension replacing a live front axle, and adaptive damping with three settings.

Size and space have increased in every dimension including length (+110mm); width (+106mm); wheelbase (+40mm); as well as shoulder (+38mm), hip (+45mm) and elbow room (+68mm) inside.

Ground clearance improves to 238mm (+3mm), and fording depth to 700mm (+100mm).

Approach angle remains unchanged at 27° while departure angle is improved by 2.6° to 29.6°.

Outside, the AMG G 63 is distinguished by the addition for the first time of the distinctive Panamericana grille, plus AMG body styling, metallic paint, side running boards, red AMG brake calipers and two chrome-plated twin tailpipes on either side

The basic car can be optioned with the $5990 Night pack that gives it the black treatment from top to bottom or the the $19,500 Edition 1 pack that includes the Night goodies, but adds the Exclusive Interior Plus package that includes black Nappa leather in black with red diamond stitching, plus multi-contour adjustment for the front seats with massage and and climatisation.

Air vents get a silver shadow finish, and metal AMG badges are embedded in the front seat backrests.

The steering wheel is an AMG Performance steering wheel in Nappa leather with red stitching and a red 12 o’clock marker. The interior trim is finished with red-pepper carbon fibre. 

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