The heavily reengineered off-road icon is now powered by AMG’s twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 instead of the old 5.5-liter, producing 577hp (585PS) and 627lb-ft (850Nm). The more powerful engine is now paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Mercedes claims a 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds (0-60mph in 4.4 seconds) and a top speed that’s limited to 137mph (220km/h). Customers will be able to raise the top speed limiter up to 149mph (240km/h) through the optional AMG Driver’s Package.
The real highlight though is the updated chassis, which is expected to make way much better use of the colossal power every time a corner shows up. The front axle now features a new independent suspension, while the rear features a five-link suspension.
Add to that the lighter bodyshell that also happens to be 55 percent more rigid and the new Mercedes-AMG G63 sounds like a massive improvement. However, it’s still a ladder-chassis SUV, so don’t expect any miracles.
The boxy exterior now features a model-specific front grille, along with new bumpers, bigger air intakes, LED headlamps and a selection of up to 22-inch alloy wheels. The cabin on the other hand is all new and features the new dashboard design, featuring a pair of 12.3-inch displays for the driver’s instruments and infotainment system, and more room for the passengers, especially for those at the back seat.
Mercedes will open the order books for the new G63 AMG on March 18 for European customers, with first deliveries to commence this June. US customers will have to wait a little longer, as the market launch is scheduled for the end of 2018.
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