Back on 15th January, Mercedes unveiled their new G-Wagon. Now, just under a month later, the German manufacturer have revealed the high-performance model, the G 63.
Let's start with the figures, the new model is powered by a 4.0L V8, bi-turbo engine, which produces 585BHP. This allows it to reach 60MPH in 4.5 seconds from a standstill, and gives it a top speed of 136MPH, or 149MPH with the AMG Driver's Package. The engine replaces the 5.5L, V8 engine that powered the previous generation G 63, and now produces a maximum torque of 850Nm.
Mercedes have battled against the emissions laws with a new AMG Cylinder Management System. In the partial-load range, cylinders two, three, five and eight are deactivated by the system, which lowers fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The new G 63 has a combined fuel consumption of 13.2L/100km, that's 21.4MPG to you and me. CO2 emissions on the vehicle are 299g/km.
The gearbox is a AMG Speedshift TCT 9G transmission, which has software developed specifically for the G 63 to ensure very short shift times. This gearbox allows for multiple downshifts at once to produce bursts of speed. The driver can opt for a 'manual' mode too though, which can be selected on the transmission mode and allows the driver to use the paddles on the steering wheel. Moreover, the G 63 will not automatically shift up when it reaches the engine speed limit when in manual mode, giving control back to the driver.
The high-performance G Wagon is of course all-wheel drive, with a slight bias to the rear, at 40:60 front/rear split. Mercedes-AMG state that this is to ensure greater agility on the road and improved traction during acceleration. The previous G 63 had 50:50 front/rear split. Electromechanical speed-sensitive steering comes as standard. This high-tech sounding equipment means that at higher speeds, there is more steering power assistance, where as at lower speeds, it takes less effort to steer the SUV. This makes the car easier to manoeuvre, whilst ensuring that it can still be controlled at higher speeds.
The G 63 has five on-road and three off-road driving modes. The on-road modes are Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual. Whilst the off-road driving modes are Sand, Trail and Rock. Drivers can select modes from a switch in the centre console, which in turn activate locking differentials dependant on the mode selected. The selected driving mode is then visualised in the instrument cluster.
Visually, the most obvious change to the G 63 is the new AMG-specific radiator grille, along with the new AMG bumper with larger air inlets. The flared front and rear wheel arches allow more space for the larger 21" or 22" inch wheels available as options. With the AMG Night Package, these wheels are finished in matte black, whilst the lights, indicators and rear windows are all dark tinted. The side pipe exhaust system has returned! The pipes that exit beneath the rear doors are twinned, and can be adjusted in two stages using a switch in the centre console to make the exhaust note louder or quieter.
Inside, there is reminiscence of the G 63 of old, with the front passenger grab handle, and chrome highlighted switches. Apart from these finishes, the interior has been modernised dramatically. Like in the standard, new G-Class, the driver has two 12.3 inch displays and the new round headlamps are copied by the side air vents inside the car.
Memory function, seat heating front and rear and luxury head rests all come as standard in the G 63. The rear seats can be folded to increase luggage space and legroom has been increased, thanks to the whole car being 101mm longer, 121mm wider and 40mm higher. The steering wheel is flat bottomed, presumably to give a more 'sportier' feel to the AMG model.
At it's World Premier in Geneva, the German manufacturer will launch an exclusive "Edition 1" special model of the G 63. Available in 10 colours, the Edition 1 will also have contrasting sports stripes, the AMG Night Package and red highlights throughout the outside and inside the car. The new model is set to be released on 6th March at the Geneva Motor Show. Sales will begin on 18th March and the new G 63 will be launched to the market from June.