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.