Much like the Humvees that participated in last month's Head 2 Head, the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG and G63 AMG 6x6 in the latest installment are some of the toughest off-road vehicles money can buy. And you'll need a lot of money to buy the 6X6 - at least $500,000. We're not sure why Mercedes-Benz decided to improve the Geländewagen's already fabled off-road prowess by adding another rear axle, but after watching host Jonny Lieberman put it through its paces off-road (and off the ground!), it all makes sense. Sort of.

No matter, you owe it to yourself to head below and watch the 10-minute comparison, if for no other reason than to see and hear how a Mercedes 6X6 handles every obstacle thrown at it with aplomb. Enjoy.


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      markscomments
      • 1 Year Ago
      SORRY Mr. reviewer but just because you have an obsession with the G-Class doesn't mean it's actually that great of a vehicle. In the original RR vs. Merc G comparison the G only came out ahead because HE thought the G was cooler, not more capable - hmmm! And the round table discussion after the RR vs. G comparo just had MotorTrend's Editor rolling his eyes because he knew that some of his staff were just basing their decisions on their opinions of the distinctness of the boxy G instead of actual capabilities and refinement - where the RR is an engineering marvel the G is way too old school with bad handling (which they criticized the original body on frame 1994 RR for at the end of it's life - ya MotorTrend hypocrites). Also, the interior is a Merc parts bin mess. If you want a modern, refined, extremely luxurious, and more prestigious 6x6 then just head over to Land Rover's Engineered To Order (ETO) division and have them build you a custom 2014 RR 6x6. Land Rover have been building 6x6's for decades anyway. Also, it's funny that Merc had to give the G 6x6 a huge lift to enable it to go through 3 feet of water - where the new Range Rover can already do this as standard. So yes, the G is kinda cool, but an honest review would rate it as unrefined, outdated and very soon to be irrelevant. If I were to buy a Merc off-roader it would most definitely be the Merc Unimog. It's more capable and much less expensive too.
        xat95
        • 1 Year Ago
        @markscomments
        people are only down voting you b/c of the truth. LOL
          Carmaker1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @xat95
          Not exactly, as some of what he said is rather incorrect. I'd wager half of or whatever down vote you saw came from inaccuracy. I did not down vote him, so I'm not speaking from my point of view on that. I've owned both vehicles (W463 G55 AMG and currently Defender 90 SVX), while also being employed by JLR. I know very well the only models outside of development we have worked on with a 6x6 configuration are the Defender 110 and 130 models. I'm not sure where he got the impression it is possible to configure a Range Rover as a 6x6 under ETO, as it very much isn't. I can only speak so much on future company developments, so I'll end it here. ETO is very much along the lines of Mulliner for Bentley or Individual for non-US BMW models(limited US selection).
        Tina Dang
        • 1 Year Ago
        @markscomments
        Sweetheart, it isn't really that serious to be writing that damn much. Relax hun.
        Carmaker1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @markscomments
        What? I work for Jaguar Land Rover in Coventry and do not recall doing or seeing any production work for Range Rover variants in that configuration. A 6x6 configuration RR L322/L405 is very much untrue, unless upper management has told you something they haven't told me. We most certainly build Defenders in that configuration, but most certainly not Range Rovers. Only up to the P38A were such configurations possible. From the L322 to present, that is not possible due to the complexity of adapting it to the chassis and various components. ETO currently allows personalisation only to a certain level and will not go beyond that. There might be aftermarket examples by non-Land Rover approved outlets, but not via ETO. Also having personally owned both brands regarding this class of high-end off-roaders, I'd say that the Range Rover most certainly does not fully compete with the Gelandewagen. The Range Rover remains in a class of its own. A more honest competitor is the Defender 110, which is less luxury focused and not as comfort-laden as the G-Class range. I recently moved back to the UK from the States and have an '08 Defender 90 SVX as my daily driver. In the US, I had a '09 G55 AMG. Between the two vehicles, the W463 pretty much is comfort oriented and falls very much between the L405 and the Defender. The W461 is much closer spec-wise to the Defender 110. Regarding off-road capability, I feel the Defender is slightly better in being more focused and less gadgetry involved. It is still an unfair comparison, because my W463 was not a cabriolet, short wheelbase variant like my 90 SVX is.
          markscomments
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Carmaker1
          Nah, no worries man. And definitely no worries regarding any people down voting me. Any reason for down voting was probably due to peoples bias toward the Merc G because it's a kinda cool truck. To each their own. I don't work for Land Rover, just a car enthusiast, but everything I said was true. The MotorTrend reviewer does seem to have an obsession with the G-Class, which I get - hey, he's a G enthusiast. MotorTrend's Editor did roll his eyes regarding the RR vs. G comparison because half his staff only voted for the Merc G because they thought the BOXY LOOKS made it a better choice than the RR - and no the G is DEFINITELY not the greatest handler on-road. Yes, the new RR is an engineering marvel and "in a class of its own" as you said, and yes the standard Range Rover can go through 3 feet of water with ease - where with the G-Class 6x6 Merc had to give it a huge lift. Regarding a Range Rover 6x6, I didn't mean that Land Rover makes a RR 6x6, but that if you throw TONS of money at ETO or Special Vehicles Division (or whatever part of the company handles modifications) then I am sure Land Rover would be happy to oblige. Regarding my choice of a Merc Unimog over the G 6x6, it'd probably be better off-road, and save some big bucks too - just my opinion. If I were going to buy a vehicle this big - hey, why not go all out! Also, congrats on the Defender SVX! I very much wish LR would bring these to the states! Also, keep up the great work you are doing for Jaguar and Land Rover. I am really excited to see what is coming in the next few years. Best regards.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is it ridiculous and terribly overpriced? Yes Do I want one? Yes
      Soul Shinobi
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just when I thought Motor Trend couldn't get more irrelevant.
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Soul Shinobi
        then why don't you just ignore it?! thank you
      Kyle
      • 1 Year Ago
      3 words: Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. and i'd still have 460k to spend
        sparrk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kyle
        The people who buy these cars make more than $460k a day...
      tbird57w
      • 1 Year Ago
      yet another dopey m-b exercise....
      xat95
      • 1 Year Ago
      That thing is a BEAST!!!! It goes to show you can build anything, but at what cost??? Funny he made a good point about not having a backup camera for such a big vehicle.... and at that price it should have.
        Carmaker1
        • 1 Year Ago
        @xat95
        I initially found that unusual, as my '09 G55 had a standard backup camera and all models since MY2007 have. I then remembered that camera on mine is mounted on the rear door spoiler and since this has a bed instead, they didn't remount it on the tailgate.
      elanjacobs
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd like to see it tackle the Canning Stock Route in Western Australia, which broke the shockers on 6 of the 7 G-wagen convoy 2 years ago, or maybe Dakar, or Baja and see how it holds out. Proving grounds are nice for TV shows and magazine reviews, but if you really want to impress you put it through 2 weeks of some of the toughest tracks on the planet.
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      i f**in love that thing!
      Worx2749
      • 1 Year Ago
      Going off-road on a motorcycle (BMW GS 1200, for ex), I understand. In a truck, surrounded by steel and glass? I don't get it. Could never understand what was FUN about it.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm only 500k short. Can anyone loan me the money? I swear I'll pay you back......in......thank yous. AMG is German for OMG
      viper3ez
      • 1 Year Ago
      why? because fcuk logic. that's why. i woulld forever prefer mercedes to its competitors for the balls to build contraptions like this versus 4 door coupe SUVs
      Robt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Outrageously great! And as for: We're not sure why MB built this etc.... They did it to make money. Next question?
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