They say you should never meet your heroes, because it might be a disappointment. Fortunately for me I can say that it wasn’t. I drove a V8 Biturbo Mercedes Benz G63 AMG for the first time today, and boy oh boy what a car! The G wagon is a full fledged SUV. I would say that the G63 is the Mohammed Ali of SUV’s on sale in the market now.
Powered by a 4.0L V8 biturbo engine that produces 850 Nm of torque and around 577 Horsepower, this is one of the quickest cars I’ve ever driven. Shining in white colour, red seats and that loud exhaust note, this mammoth of a car goes 0 to 100 km/ph (0 to 62 mph) in under 5 seconds. 4.5 seconds to 0 to 100 is what the official website says. The G63 AMG is mated to a 9 speed automatic transmission with sport mode. Paddle shifters placed behind the steering makes changing gears very easy. For a car of its size, the Wagon didn’t feel very big to drive. 3 spoke steering wheel makes cornering feel like a sports car and not an SUV. In the center console, there is a button that changes the exhaust note to a more louder decibel, thus enhancing the overall feel of the car. Lots of suspension, transmission settings as well to make the car’s overall performance to the liking of every individual driver. The chassis is stiff which is very good for both on road and off roading experience. Stiff chassis also have an advantage while cornering as you want the suspension and tires to turn, and not flex the chassis. A stiff chassis allows more stable cornering. The steering is light and is very good for city driving as one won’t get tired. The steering becomes heavy and stiffer under acceleration or at high speeds. The steering also offers a lot of feedback and does communicate back with the driver and that in my opinion is very important for a car to have and the Wagon does exactly that.
The seats are super comfortable and are very good for long distance driving as well as cornering as they hold you in place. Memory seats are available with 3 different memory settings for each driver and passenger.
The center console has a lot of different buttons with various settings of the infotainment screen, audio system etc. I didn’t use any of those features as I didn’t require them and just wanted to experience the sheer power of that V8 upfront..
Biturbo means two turbo’s and not twin turbo’s. People usually mistake biturbo and twin turbo’s to be the same but they’re not. Difference is that, in a biturbo engine, each cylinder bank has an individual turbo located on opposite ends of the engine. One is a small size turbo to work in the lower RPM range and a larger turbo for the higher RPM’s. This helps to reduce power lag thus not making it feel underpowered.
Overall the G63 AMG is an amazing car. Not once did I feel the car is underpowered or uncomfortable. I couldn’t find any blindspots as the car is very well designed. A pillars are sleek despite having SRS Airbags in them. The seating position is very good and upright. Road visibility and ground clearance is one of the best I've experienced.
All 4 are brakes are ventilated disc brakes that provide a lot of confidence under braking from high speeds.
So to put in a nutshell, This is one of the nicest cars I’ve been in and the performance is outstanding. It can be used as a daily driver as well as an off road machine and can be belted on the track as well. Let me know what you think on the G wagon!