If you are looking for a battle hardened SUV then the Mercedes Benz G 63 AMG may well be the answer. A firm favourite not only with enthusiastic off-road users, the G-Class also has a following in ‘celebrity’ circles, with film and music stars falling for its bad boy looks.
Now Mercedes Benz is offering a completely reworked G 63 AMG to the UK market – it is powered by a petrol 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine that develops 544 hp and can deliver 760 Newton metres of torque. This enables the new G 63 AMG to accelerate from 0-62 mph in an astonishing 5.4 seconds, with an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph.
Mercedes are quoting a fuel consumption figure of 20.4 mpg (NEDC combined) which is a 2.7 mpg improvement on the predecessor model, representing fuel savings of 13 per cent.
The fuel reduction can according to Mercedes be attributed to the biturbo eight-cylinder engine, along with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission system, the generator management system and the ECO start/stop function. The seven-speed automatic gearbox features three drive modes and an automatic double-declutching function for downshifting, creating an incredible range of variability. In “Controlled Efficiency” (C) mode, the ECO start/stop function is active, shutting down the eight-cylinder engine when the vehicle is stationary. “C” mode is also characterised by smooth accelerator and transmission characteristics and early gear changes; the vehicle is usually started in second gear in this mode. The AMG instrument cluster includes a green “ECO” symbol, indicating when the ECO start/stop function is on.
In the Sport (S) and Manual (M) modes, the ECOstart/stop function is off, and the engine-transmission combination displays far greater agility. Short, precisely defined ignition and injection retardations mean shorter shift times when changing up at full load. The efficiency of the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission system is further enhanced with a new fuel economy converter with centrifugal pendulum, friction-reducing bearing and transmission oil thermal management.
The suspension/damper settings in the AMG Sports chassis have been adjusted for the more dynamic handling characteristics for the new model.
The wheels and brakes are also completely new. The G 63AMG runs on new AMG 5x2 spoke light alloy wheels as standard equipment. The 9.5 x 20 titanium-grey-painted wheels with high-sheen finish are fitted with 275/50 R 20 tyres. As an exclusive special equipment option, the vehicle can be fitted with matt-black-painted AMG light alloy wheels with high-sheen rim flanges.
The inside has been given a makeover, including a new instrument panel with state-of-the-art infotainment and assist systems, the G 63 AMG has an AMG instrument cluster with colour TFT screen, AMG main menu and separate gear display, plus white-lit AMG sills on all doors. The E-SELECT shift lever with the distinctive AMG medallion is a familiar feature from other models such as the SLS AMG. An exclusive on-board environment is created by the designo leather upholstery with ruffled leather door panelling. Options available for an even more involved interior comprise the AMG carbon trim and the designo Exclusive package.
The G 63 AMG arrives in autumn 2012 and UK Pricing and specification are still to be confirmed.
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