2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class

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$113,000 - $134,300
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Engine Engine 5.5LV-8
MPG MPG 12 City / 15 Hwy
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2013 G-Class Overview

The Marauder Of The Countryside Is Angry There are some drive tests where we would love to have automated voice and sound transcription technology to be able to capture for you the thrills in real time. Don't let this plain ol' four-wheeled box fool you; the new Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG is so full of character it's fit to burst. You would not be chastised for staring at the exterior of the G63 and noticing nothing different from the 2012 Geländewagen. The changes outside are just a few and deliberately so; redesigning this icon is just as sensitive an issue as redesigning a Porsche 911 for those rabidly enamored of the old school image. To be brief – there are now turn indicators in the side-view mirrors, LED running lights, and on this new AMG model, the bumper and twin-blade grille are different from those on lesser trims. Seriously, that's it. And though not a true new-generation truck, this is what passes for a significant refresh of the 463-generation of G-Class that launched way back in 1990, the same year Nelson Mandela was freed from prison, Germany was reunified and The Simpsons first hit the air. At 5,622 pounds, there is not a lot of eco-friendly lightness engineered into the G63 AMG. Things inside are more different, though. Mainly, the entire dash and center stack have been revamped to reflect a more familial look of the company actually commissioning the G's build. All G-Class units are built by Steyr-Puch in Graz, Austria, and have been since the range's start of production in 1979. The more civilian steering wheel and instrument cluster are also completely new. All you need to do is sit in one of last year's Geländewagens and you can see right away that the interior used to be very in keeping with the vehicle's military reason for being. Today, it's still pretty hard stuff, but quite a bit more premium. So, at 5,622 pounds of curb weight, there is not a lot of eco-friendly lightness engineered into this G63 AMG. And the twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 engine used all over the AMG lineup (536 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque here), when used properly, is not going to save this planet of ours anytime soon (although it might pull it into a new orbit to avoid an asteroid, say). Even so, officials insist that this G63 improves fuel consumption by 13 percent versus the 2011 G55. Even though Mercedes-Benz is quoting combined fuel economy of 17 miles per gallon, on our spirited reconnaissance loops over and through the French Alps we had a readout of just over 12 mpg. And actually felt pretty good about getting that much. You need to re-learn the lost art of literal steering input to make it through successive curves without breaking a sweat. Versus the standard 18-inch wheel/tire set on the G550 – the only other G-Class coming to North America when deliveries start very end of August – the G63 AMG dons a …
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2013 G-Class Overview

The Marauder Of The Countryside Is Angry There are some drive tests where we would love to have automated voice and sound transcription technology to be able to capture for you the thrills in real time. Don't let this plain ol' four-wheeled box fool you; the new Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG is so full of character it's fit to burst. You would not be chastised for staring at the exterior of the G63 and noticing nothing different from the 2012 Geländewagen. The changes outside are just a few and deliberately so; redesigning this icon is just as sensitive an issue as redesigning a Porsche 911 for those rabidly enamored of the old school image. To be brief – there are now turn indicators in the side-view mirrors, LED running lights, and on this new AMG model, the bumper and twin-blade grille are different from those on lesser trims. Seriously, that's it. And though not a true new-generation truck, this is what passes for a significant refresh of the 463-generation of G-Class that launched way back in 1990, the same year Nelson Mandela was freed from prison, Germany was reunified and The Simpsons first hit the air. At 5,622 pounds, there is not a lot of eco-friendly lightness engineered into the G63 AMG. Things inside are more different, though. Mainly, the entire dash and center stack have been revamped to reflect a more familial look of the company actually commissioning the G's build. All G-Class units are built by Steyr-Puch in Graz, Austria, and have been since the range's start of production in 1979. The more civilian steering wheel and instrument cluster are also completely new. All you need to do is sit in one of last year's Geländewagens and you can see right away that the interior used to be very in keeping with the vehicle's military reason for being. Today, it's still pretty hard stuff, but quite a bit more premium. So, at 5,622 pounds of curb weight, there is not a lot of eco-friendly lightness engineered into this G63 AMG. And the twin-turbo 5.5-liter V8 engine used all over the AMG lineup (536 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque here), when used properly, is not going to save this planet of ours anytime soon (although it might pull it into a new orbit to avoid an asteroid, say). Even so, officials insist that this G63 improves fuel consumption by 13 percent versus the 2011 G55. Even though Mercedes-Benz is quoting combined fuel economy of 17 miles per gallon, on our spirited reconnaissance loops over and through the French Alps we had a readout of just over 12 mpg. And actually felt pretty good about getting that much. You need to re-learn the lost art of literal steering input to make it through successive curves without breaking a sweat. Versus the standard 18-inch wheel/tire set on the G550 – the only other G-Class coming to North America when deliveries start very end of August – the G63 AMG dons a …Hide Full Review