4×4² is making a comeback and this time it was launched under the AMG label as a limited-time special model. Here are all the details on the 63er-G.
Thomas Harloff and Holger Wittich
Like the G 500 4×4², the old G-Class showed everyone what it was capable of off-road shortly before the end of its career. Originally conceived as a show car for the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, the hardcore off-roader hit the market a little later. The model variant, which cost nearly a quarter of a million euros, quickly became a legend and a collector’s item – and is now getting a successor, as a limited special model – and as “the last of its kind”, as the calls AMG.
Unlike the predecessor, which had an AMG engine but was officially known as the G 500, the new edition carries the label of the sports department and in-house refinement. The unmistakable sign of this is the front apron in the classic AMG look and the side badges. Exhaust gases escape through the twin side pipes in front of the rear wheels, which are indispensable for an AMG-G. There are specially designed entry aids in the window sill area. The 4×4 also attracts attention2-Writing on the spare wheel holder in carbon. Carbon is also used on other body parts and the SUV is also equipped with 22-inch forged wheels painted in matte black and glossy. AMG attaches great importance to the topic of additional equipment: the G63 is the first special model that can be converted into a single piece via the G Manufaktur. In addition to 40 unique paint finishes, the customer has numerous customization options to choose from. For example, the seat upholstery in nappa leather with diamond quilting or the trunk floor in wood. A roof rack with rear ladder is also available in the Night Package.
With lifting kit and portal axles
Off-road mobility has been optimized with numerous measures. Of course, with a lush body lift (351mm) and a frame finished to be mega-sturdy, which has two units of springs and shock absorbers on each wheel. There are also portal boards. The wading depth is 910mm, the climbing ability is 45 degrees.
Inside, the hardcore G is based directly on the maintenance measures of the model that Mercedes revamped its off-road vehicle and is based on the current S-Class.As a result, we see the large two-part digital cockpit (including 4×42home screen) and a flattened sports steering wheel at the bottom. The ambient light strip is fixed under the dashboard and the airflow is also illuminated. Another highlight is the digital rearview mirror. As on the bodywork, Mercedes has also installed numerous carbon applications here. In addition, of course, Mercedes also offers the latest generation of MBUX infotainment to the new top model.
Obviously with a four-liter twin-turbo V8
There are no surprises on the drive side: like its predecessor, the new 4×4² will also have the well-known four-liter twin-turbo V8 from the AMG range and an impressive 585 hp. A maximum of 850 Nm of torque goes to all four wheels. There is no price information. Given the new AMG title, our forecast is between 250,000 and 300,000 euros.
In any case. The model variant still has a lot of potential.
There is no way. It would have been better to leave the legend as a one-off project.
The old Mercedes G 500 4×4² caused the “I want it” effect among many wealthy off-road enthusiasts and as a result sold out in no time. This should also apply to the new edition, which will find its fans mainly outside Germany. The Middle East, Russia and North America are the main sales markets for hardcore off-roading.