The Mercedes-Benz G-Class returns as it always has been, but ready for the future it deserves to be in.
The Gelaendewagen, the G-Class is the Godfather of all SUVs. Never before in the history of Mercedes-
Benz icons has an automobile been passionately and unanimously been refused to let pass by its owners
and fans as the G-Class. The Mercedes-AMG G 63 underpins its unique position among performance offroad
vehicles provided by the 430 kW (585 hp) 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine.
The one-man-one-engine AMG 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine in the Mercedes-AMG G 63 generates 430 kW
(585 hp) in this model, and delivers a maximum torque of 850 Nm. This is available across a wide rev
range between 2.500 and 3.500 rpm, and provides a sense of effortless superiority. It absolves a sprint
from zero to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds. This dynamic performance is maintained up to the limited
maximum speed of 220 km/h, or 240 km/h with the AMG Driver‘s package.
The two turbochargers are not positioned on the outside of the cylinder banks, but inside the cylinder “V”.
Advantages: a compact engine design, spontaneous response of the turbochargers and low exhaust
emissions thanks to optimal airflow to the near-engine catalysts. The eight-cylinder delivers its power with
muscular torque in all engine speed ranges, combined with maximum efficiency for low fuel consumption
and emission figures.
The AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission is used in the G 63. This has a model-specific software
application to achieve very short shift times. The multiple downshift function allows more spontaneous
bursts of speed, while the double-declutching function in “Sport” and “Sport Plus” transmission modes
makes for an even more emotional driving experience. Defined engine manipulation makes for even faster
The standard-specification AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive features rear-biased torque
distribution with a front/rear split of 40 to 60 percent. This configuration ensures greater agility on the
road and improved traction during acceleration. In the preceding model the distribution was still a neutral
50:50. The off-road reduction gear has been developed further for operations on difficult terrain. It helps
to ensure that the G 63 is able to master even more demanding off-road stretches.
The new G 63 performs even better when off-road, and on the road it is more dynamic and comfortable
than its predecessor. The agile driving impression is substantially due to the suspension system, which
has been completely redesigned by Mercedes-AMG and features coil springs all-round. For the first time
the front axle has an independent, double wishbone suspension; a rigid axle with a five-link suspension is
used at the rear.
With the five DYNAMIC SELECT on-road modes “Slippery”, “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport+” and “Individual”,
the characteristics range from efficient and comfortable to very sporty. Key parameters such as the
response of the engine, transmission, suspension and steering are modified in the process. Independently
of the DYNAMIC SELECT drive programs, the driver has the option of pressing the “M” button to switch
directly to manual mode, in which gearshifts are executed exclusively using the shift paddles on the
steering wheel. If required, the stages of the adaptive adjustable suspension can be selected as well.
Three off-road modes – “Sand”, “Trail” and “Rock” – are available when driving off the beaten track. These
are accessed using the switch in the centre console for activation of the central differential lock, and can
then be selected with the DYNAMIC SELECT rocker switch. “Trail” allows maximum performance on soft,
muddy or slippery surfaces. “Sand” modifies the parameters for sporty dynamics and the best possible
grip and steerability on sandy stretches or desert sand dunes. “Rock” is the mode for extremely
demanding, rocky terrain with severe axle articulation and frequent lifting of one or more wheels.
All the driving modes, both On Road and Off Road, are visualised in the instrument cluster and in the
central media display. Deselection of all the locks returns the setting to the on-road driving modes.
The basis for the enormous off-road capabilities of the G 63 is provided by a torsionally rigid ladder-type
frame of high-strength steel and a mounted body of composite construction. This design is considerably
more robust and suitable for off-road operations than a unibody construction. As the lowest point of this
construction, the frame ensures a low centre of gravity and protects the major assemblies, fuel tank and
exhaust system during ground contact, e.g. when driving over obstacles.
Another development aim was to reduce the weight of the body. Using a digital prototype, the developers
simulated the operating life of individual components and assemblies to determine where lighter materials
could be used without compromising durability, operating life and quality.
The result is a new material mix: the bodyshell consists of various grades of steel. The wings, bonnet and
doors are made of aluminium. To be able to retain the door hinges and handles typical of the G-Class, the
developers modified these to suit the new aluminium design. The A and B-pillars are made of high-strength
steel in view of their load-bearing function.
Exterior wise, the unmistakable design features give the new AMG G 63 its unique appearance: the boxy
silhouette, the proud bonnet, external door hinges, round headlamps, mounted direction indicators, robust
door handles, muscular protective strips with inserts in high-gloss black with a silver AMG emblem, the
exposed spare wheel on the rear door with a stainless steel cover and three-pointed star. The front section
of the G 63 is characterised by the AMG-specific radiator grille and the AMG bumper with large side air
inlets and trim in matt iridium silver. The headlamps, indicators and tail lights are in LED High Performance
technology as standard. This lighting consumes less energy and has a particularly long service life.