If you want something large, imposing and powerful, it’s tough to go wrong with a G-Class.
For nearly forty years, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class has soldiered on as a military vehicle and as a status symbol above nearly all others. Seriously, it’s a car that’s as capable as you like off-road, and also classy enough to cut it on the streets of Beverly Hills. It’s rare to capture both in the same vehicle, but after four decades, it’s time for some serious changes. Mercedes agreed, and introduced this second-generation G-Class at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.
Now, TFL’s Roman Mica finally has a chance to test out the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 in person. Oh sure, you can have the standard G550 with a substantial 416 horsepower, but where’s the fun in that? That’s why AMG stepped in and also worked more power into this redesigned G-Class. Now, the G63 puts out a massive 577 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to that level of power and a new nine-speed automatic transmission, this top-spec G-Class will hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds. According to Mercedes, this new G63 makes the sprint almost a second faster than the previous-generation G65, with its 6.0-liter V12 engine. Yikes.
Other features that set the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 apart from the G550 is its adaptive suspension and side-exit exhaust pipes. The adaptive suspension in the G63 features three AMG-specific off-road modes: Sand, Rock and Trail. Not that you’ll want to take those 22-inch wheels off-road all that often, but it’s nice to have some extra capability. What’s more, the G63 has a distinctive bull bar from the standard G-Class.
Here’s the rub: it’s not cheap. The 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 starts at $147,500 – $23,000 more than the standard model. This one, with a wide range of options, rings in close to $170,000. It may have awesome performance on paper, but is it really worth that kind of money? Check out the video above to find out!