Car review MercedesBenz GClass AMG driven road test BBC Top Gear

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Mercedes-Benz G-Class AMG

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A mate of mine remembers hauled into the headmaster’s and him intoning gravely: I’m not Just disappointed. You’ve let down. Let your parents And, most of all, let the down.

I’m not angry at AMG for the G63. But I am disappointed. They’ve let down. Let their wonderful V8 engine down. Let the G-Class come to that.

The G is a wonderful off-roader. Solid as a truck and unstoppable as a goat. 33 years ago, its styling changed. Nor have the fundamentals of its and girder-built chassis. In fact, the nature of them that can’t be changed.

All AMG could do was put on tyres (which tramline bigger brakes (which the old bus to snake around), and harder and dampers (ouch). But there’s of room under the bonnet for the V8. The noise is thunder. Sadly, the is not lightning. Physics dictate even 544bhp struggles it has to contend with 2,550kg and

And yet it does feel fast. due to the noise, partly due to the improbability something this commercial-looking can its nose towards the distance any kind of conviction. But mostly it is scarily too fast for its own good.

Cornering and braking really are a The steering’s preposterously approximate. The can’t give any purchase this weight of car, but if could, it probably wouldn’t and turn, but topple over So the ESP hits it like a tranquilliser to a rhino, bringing the beast to its at the first sign of a quickly bend.

This G-Class a modern satnav, instruments and tarty leather seats. But can’t disguise the cramped position and hurricane-strength wind

Mercedes-Benz G-Class AMG


But the AMG G isn’t about rational For proof, there’s also a It packs the bi-turbo V12, 612bhp and 737lb ft. It won’t be in Britain, but elsewhere it’s the price of the G63 — even it’s just 0.1 of a second to 62mph. That makes it the expensive Mercedes of all. And yet sold out for the next two years.

The numbers

5461cc, V8, 4WD, 560lb ft, 20.4mpg, 322g/km 0-62 in 5.4secs, 130mph,

The verdict

On paper, a smokin’ with this wonderful would be a guilty pleasure. In it’s simply guilty. disappointing.

Mercedes-Benz G-Class AMG
Mercedes-Benz G-Class AMG

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