The new Mercedes-AMG G63 is a surprisingly versatile SUV. It can venture off the beaten path, is spacious and comfortable enough for a weekend getaway, and can also be unleashed at the drag strip, where it will school some previous-gen supercars.
It’s also quicker than the old model. How much quicker, you ask? You’re going to find out by watching the video at the bottom of the page, which shows a drag race between the two super SUVs that took place in Russia. Before that, though, let’s take a closer look at the spec sheets.
The new AMG G63 goes to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.4 seconds and maxes out at 137 mph (220 km/h), or 149 mph (240 km/h) with the AMG Driver’s Package, which is an optional extra. It has a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that develops 577 hp (585 PS / 430 kW) and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm) of torque and is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission.
The previous-gen G63 packs 563 hp (571 PS / 420 kW) and 561 lb-ft (760 Nm) of torque courtesy of its 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8. The mill is paired to a 7-speed automatic gearbox and rockets the sporty SUV to 62 mph (96 km/h) in 5.3 seconds, and up to a 130 mph (209 km/h) top speed.
Now, let’s see the two Mercs each other in the short film that follows. Which we think could be improved upon if that yellow Lamborghini Urus lurking in the background got in on the action – but who knows, maybe some other time.