With the new Mercedes-AMG G 63, the Mercedes-AMG G-Class has undergone the greatest change in its history, while remaining true to its classic value. The G 63 underpins its unique position among performance off-road vehicles with the powerful drive system, the newly developed AMG Ride Control suspension, the AMG-specific transmission modes and the new interior with the optimal widescreen cockpit.
The reinterpretation of the unmistakable design creates strong highlights with the AMG-specific radiator grille, flared wheel arches, striking side pipes on the exhaust system and the up to 22-inch wheels.
The basis for AMG driving performance both on and off roads is provided by a 585 hp (430 kW) 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine, rear-biased all-wheel drive (40:60) with three differential locks, a fast-shifting nine-speed automatic transmission, double wishbone independent front suspension, and adaptive adjustable damping.
The 4.0 liter V8 biturbo engine replaces the outgoing 5.5 liter V8 biturbo engine in the ‘G63’. It can generate 585 hp, and delivers a maximum torque of 850 Nm. This is available across a wide rev range between 2.500 and 3.500 RPM, and provides a sense of effortless superiority. It makes the sprint from zero to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds. This dynamic performance is maintained up to the limited maximum speed of 136 mph, or 149 mph with an AMG specific driver‘s package.
The ‘SpeedShift TCT 9G’ transmission has a model-specific software application to achieve short shift times. The multiple downshift function allows more spontaneous bursts of speed, while the double-declutching function in “Sport” and “Sport Plus” transmission modes makes for an even more emotional driving experience. Defined engine manipulation makes for even faster gear changes.
The wide ratio spread allows a choice of a very sporty or a very comfortable and efficient driving experience. In all transmission modes, the G 63 moves off in first gear so as to ensure a dynamic sprint from a standstill whenever required. The Direct Select lever has been repositioned as a steering column stalk.
Unmistakable design features give the new AMG G 63 its unique appearance: the boxy silhouette, the proud bonnet, external door hinges, round headlamps, mounted direction indicators, robust door handles, muscular protective strips with inserts in high-gloss black with a silver AMG emblem, the exposed spare wheel on the rear door with a stainless steel cover and three-dimensional Mercedes star.
The new G 63 has been given a completely newly designed, modern interior that echoes specific exterior features. The shape of the round headlamps is reflected in the side air vents, and that of the indicators in the tweeters on the dashboard. Hallmarks of the G 63 also include the grab handle in front of the front passenger and the chrome-highlighted switches for the three differential locks.
The completely redesigned dashboard has analogue tubes as dial instruments as standard. Optionally the fully digital Widescreen Cockpit with virtual instruments directly in the driver’s field of vision and a central display above the centre console can be ordered. The two 12.3-inch displays visually blend into a single unit beneath a shared glass cover.
The new Mercedes-AMG G 63 will celebrate its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show on 6 March 2018 – the sales release date is 18 March 2018 and the market launch begins from June 2018.
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