SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST

Mercedes G-Class: G63

Whether driving through harsh patches of backcountry terrain or screaming down a wide-open freeway, the Mercedes-Benz AMG G63 exceeds its sky-high expectations.

By Braydon Holmyard

 

Mercedes has added power and reduced fuel consumption for the 2016 edition of its SUV. With its 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine, the G63 was built to flat-out perform and can take its owner off-roading with ease. Two turbochargers provide the additional power that demands spontaneous response and gritty traction.

The high-performance body and flashy interior and exterior that this series has seen for decades continues thanks to a sturdy base and ladder-type frame, permanent all-wheel drive, and a low-range gearbox, to name but a few features. The ECO start-and-stop function offers yet another resource to save fuel by switching off the engine when the vehicle is idling. While the entire G-Class series enjoyed improvements in eco-friendly capabilities, the G63 saw an increase of 20kW/27 Hp. The updated power numbers remain staggering for this sport utility vehicle:420 kW/563 Hp with a torque of 561 lb-ft.

A redesigned instrument cluster and five exclusive exterior paint finishes for the 201 6AMG model enhance the classic look of this top-of-the-line SUV. A sport edition of the G63 is also available for G-Class lovers looking to mix up the exterior appearance.

The Mercedes G63 is designed to dominate,and its high efficiency does not compromise its extreme off-road character. It’s been more than 35 years, but this classic AMG cruiser continues to find ways to get bigger and better.

SPECS
ENGINE
5.5L AMG biturbo V8
HORSE POWER
563 Hp
TORQUE
561 lb-ft
0 TO 62 MPH
5.4 seconds
TRANSMISSION
7-speed automatic
WEIGHT
3,500 kg