MercedesBenz G63 AMG 6×6 drive review Autoweek

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Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 drive

The Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 packs beefy suspension gear.

The of the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 can adjust in the tires from switches in the

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What is it?

The largest and arguably extreme SUV to ever hail Mercedes-Benz’s passenger car operations the lunatic 536-hp, six-wheel G63 AMG

Set to be produced on a limited basis at Steyr’s operations in Graz, this fall, the colossal started life as a six-wheeled version of the G320 CDI created for the army and is use since 2011.

The leather-lined civilian version is to appeal to some of Mercedes-Benz’s affluent clientele. It comes a four-seat cabin, six driven low range gearing, five locks and a tire-control system for its 37-inch wheels, providing the German car maker bills as the word in forward thrusting for the beaten track.

Pricing been announced, but the head of development, Axel Harries, the G63 AMG 6×6 will be Mercedes-Benz’s most-expensive model behind the new (350,000 euros) SLS Electric Sales officially begin in

Unlike the military version, is fitted with Mercedes-Benz’s V6 diesel, the G63 AMG 6×6 gets a 5.5-liter V8 with 536 hp. Torque is a 560 lb-ft and is crucial in providing the required to haul the truck’s curb weight.

Another change is the adoption of Mercedes-Benz’s seven-speed automatic transmission in of the old NAG1 five-speed automatic on the military version.

The truck has a case capable of channeling between a 0.87:1 high-range for on-road driving and 2.16:1 ratio for off-road conditions to all six in a nominal 30:40:30 split. The take-off for the rear-most axle is by way of an drive shaft. There are electronic differential locks 100 percent lockup of all six wheels, by three switches on the dashboard.

At the of each axle are the massive wheels featuring a bead-plate They are shod with wheels.

At 231.3 inches 83.1 inches wide and inches tall, the G63 AMG 6×6 is inches longer, 8.9 inches and 10.7 inches taller the G63 AMG SUV.

Ground clearance is a 18.1 inches while the depth is 39.3 inches some 9.8 inches and 15.7 more than its standard At the same time, the approach and angles have been by 16 degrees and 27 degrees at 52 degrees and 54 respectively, while the breakover has increased by 1 degree at 22 degrees.

The truck’s cargo bed continues the theme, trimmed in polished But beware, the maximum payload is put at a somewhat disappointing 1,433 Structural strengthening comes via a roll cage.

What’s it to drive?

A blast, at least in the space of the Dubai desert, the G63 AMG 6×6 has sufficient room to its stuff. We’re not sure how it fare running down to the mall on a Saturday morning to the groceries, but there’s no doubt be noticed. And really, that’s this new Mercedes-Benz is all about.

said, it’s more just show. The early we drove was well engineered as complete from a technical as you’d expect any model Mercedes-Benz, whose first are planned to get under way in just six

But before we got behind the wheel, we taken for a wild ride the dunes by a Mercedes-Benz test who fired the big pickup across the at breakneck speeds before a round of donuts on a dry lake bed to just how well engineered the G63 AMG really is. The fact that it was conceived for military use helps, of The big surprise is just how well it is, both mechanically and in terms of how it stops and handles.

It’s a big climb, but once heaved yourself up on to the substantial plate and introduced your to the leather-lined comfort of the truck’s contoured sport seat you a cabin that is little from the standard G63 AMG.

The driving position is decidedly old as is the steeply angled windshield and dashboard. But it all affords great vision with those indicators mounted atop the fenders acting as positioning Less well resolved, is the rear vision, which is by the tall rear seat and a small two-piece sliding

Reflecting its luxury billing, a liberal covering of Alcantara and the standard three-across rear seat is replaced by two individual lined AMG sport seats. get electronic backrest adjustment and are by a rear center console.

an engaging blare through the sidepipes that exit the rear doors as you hit the starter to fire the engine, lending the big an eager demeanor before it has turned a wheel. Blip the and it squats on its springs like a muscle car.

Once under way, the G63 AMG proves remarkably easy to It may have been conceived for the and tumble of the Australian outback, but the for civilian use gives it a straightforward together with level of you’d hardly expect such an extreme looking

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In the dunes of the Dubai desert we drove it this week, the G63 AMG felt every bit as invincible as it Those big tires work in with the complex driveline to plenty of traction, allowing you to away from standstill great urgency and cruise at highway speeds on narrow, tracks without any great

The heady torque of the engine with the traction-enhancing qualities of the system to deliver impressive even in deep sand.

isn’t prepared to quote acceleration claims just but Harries indicates the production will be capable of running mph in less than six seconds. Top limited by the balloon-like tires, is governed to 100 mph.

Given to move, the G63 AMG 6×6 motors with great authority, surprisingly stability that’s far than the regular G63 AMG. You experience much less movement through the suspension, in a terrifically smooth ride in the worst terrain.

There is good deal of in corners, but body movements are controlled thanks to a unique and damper package.

Fuel Again, Mercedes-Benz has yet to publish any figures, but we’re told it be in the region of 13 mpg on the European test It’s good that the G63 AMG is planned to come with two tanks with a combined of 42 gallons.

The prototype’s vague operated steering system, at a lazy 3.4 turns lock-to-lock, some fine-tuning to make it suited to the big tires.

But even confronted with steep and daunting sink holes, the managed to take it all in stride, on with terrific determination and a baritone exhaust note.

the conditions become really its excellent wheel articulation and differential lock combinations it kept all six wheels firmly on the ground for impressive progress. An compressor with four high-pressure air tanks fitted the sides of the underbody allow you to the tire pressure, taking 20 seconds to increase from a 7.3 psi up to the 26 psi required for on-road use.

Do I to buy one?

You could argue and hard about the merits or of the G63 AMG 6×6. However, one thing true: It is a fun thing to drive and capable in the right conditions.

But with a price tag more three times that of the G63 it is going to be a super exclusive for all but the mega-rich.

Right now, is looking at an annual run of between 20 and 30 per year. But if the interest it stirred our time in Dubai was any indication, not going to be enough. Not when of the Dubai royal family, who up during Autoweek’s exclusive get their way.

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