If you think the Porsche 911 is the champ at incremental revisions through successive generations, then you should have a look at the Mercedes-Benz Geländewagen, whose features change on a scale of geologic, not automotive time. We've had a peek at the 2013 G-Class and its new LEDs and mirrors, and at a camouflaged AMG version on test. That AMG, however, will be getting more than new trimmings when it arrives later this year: the twin turbo, 6.0-liter V12 from the SL65 AMG will be tucked under its bonnet. It's the first time the G-Class has gone with a dozen cylinders.

Since the G55 never got the 6.2-liter naturally-aspirated AMG engine, and so never switched to the G63 name, this could mean that it will stick with the same model name now that it's getting the twin turbo, 5.5-liter V8 with 536 horsepower. However, Autocar indicates the name will be changed to G63.

That would leave a little less branding daylight between it and the G65, but the power should convince: the bigger boy will have 621 horsepower and 737 pound-feet to work with, mojo enough to move it as fast a Bentley Mulsanne from a stoplight to 60 mph. Both it and the G55 will also get the 7G-Tronic transmission, while the G63 will add stop/start and brake energy recapture.


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      chest rockwell
      • 2 Years Ago
      Powerplant of a supercar, aerodynamics of a kitchen appliance. I feel like this is a case of building to justify a price point. They want this SUV to be one of the most expensive (and hence desireable to rich folks), so they're throwing in the monster engine. I doubt any current G-Wagon customers were complaining about the 0-60 time of their G55's....
        JR
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chest rockwell
        They could achieve the same effect with using solid platinum wheels, whale penis leather for the seats and a rhino horned shifter.
        chest rockwell
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chest rockwell
        I think the Mansory edition has the whale penis seats ;)
      IAB by Shrawan Raja
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car continues to laugh at the test of time. How much more power can it handle? If Mercedes is throwing 621hp, imagine what a Brabus, Carlsson or a tuner can bump it up to?
      Andrei
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why are you using a "?" when the pricing for the car has already leaked? The price surfaced on the web two weeks ago and you are not sure if the car will be released? LOL http://www.autoevolution.com/news/mercedes-benz-g65-amg-specs-and-pricing-leaked-exclusive-43451.html
      Paul P.
      • 2 Years Ago
      How about a reasonably sized and priced diesel instead? Makes a lot more sense than a twin-turbo V12.
      CBJMNWLD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why? This is clearly the WORST SUV on the planet. Whenever I see a suburban trophy wife in one I just laugh. This thing is JUNK
        Eric G
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CBJMNWLD
        Its not the G-wagons fault that rich soccer moms need an obnoxiously large SUV, and then pick the G-wagon as its the most expensive. The G-wagon is without a doubt the coolest looking SUV on the market. Yeah, it hasnt changed much in forever but why should it. Its an awesome piece of machinery. Although the V12 TT is cool, especially for a car this sized, it really is unnecessary. A diesel engine would be much nicer, but how many people would really buy it? This car is already in a special market that really only competes with Land Rover. Because they are in such a small market already it's not really necessary for them to make a diesel that a smaller margin of people would buy.
        Hatzenbach
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CBJMNWLD
        you don't want to know what these suburban trophy wifes think about your car.
      Bret Frohwein
      • 2 Years Ago
      LOL.. this "who has the bigger 'stick' " contest is getting kinda old...
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Because why not.
      jayss2k07
      • 2 Years Ago
      I looked up the definition of the word "stupid" in the dictionary, and it had a picture is this SUV next to it.
      Daniel Robinson
      • 2 Years Ago
      talk about the G65 for awhile now. still want one.
      wrxsti305
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow waste of money
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Christian L.
      • 2 Years Ago
      why o why put so much power in this ugly thing? What it needs is a new body!
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