After unveiling the second generation G-Class, all that was left to do was to unveil its AMG sibling. Well, here it is then, proudly wearing the Panamericana Grille, the new Mercedes-AMG G 63.
Signature features such as side pipes have been retained. Other exterior features include AMG bumper with large side air inlets and matt iridium silver trim. The wheel options can go up to 22-inches.
The familiar 4.0-litre V8 biturbo replaces the previous 5.5-litre V8 biturbo in the new G 63. It delivers 430 kW (585 hp) @ 6,000 rpm and 850 Nm of torque @ 2,500-3,500 rpm. Transmission is an AMG Speedshift 9G TCT, sending power to the all four wheels via 4Matic all-wheel drive system with rear-biased torque distribution of 40:60.
The G 63 sprints from 0-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and onto a top speed of 220 km/h. With the Driver’s package, it can go up to 240 km/h.
For more efficiency, the V8 engine in the G 63 comes with the AMG Cylinder Management cylinder deactivation system. In the partial-load range, cylinders two, three, five and eight are deactivated, which according to the company, significantly lowers the fuel consumption.
AMG Ride Control suspension with adaptive adjustable damping comes as standard and so is the AMG speed-sensitive steering. It has a variable ratio to ensure precise and authentic feedback.
In order to reduce the weight, the developers used a digital prototype, simulating the operating life of individual components and assemblies to determine where the 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. The A and B-pillars are made of high-strength steel for their load-bearing functionality. It was possible to increase the torsional rigidity of the frame, body shell and body mounts by around 55 percent, the company said.
The new G 63 will celebrate its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show on 6 March 2018. Market launch begins from June 2018.
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