Few of Merc’s models carry as much history and prestige as their famed G-class, otherwise known as the Gelandewagen (cross country vehicle). Its boxy construction is iconic and quite unmistakable, as is its durability and comfort on pretty much any terrain one can imagine.
The G-class has received an aesthetic and functional rework, particularly the range-topping G63. There’s no denying the striking cosmetic makeover it’s undergone, but the most prominent change is what’s featured under the bonnet.
The 5.5-litre V8 Biturbo, that’s been a mainstay in several of the AMG models over the last few years, has been significantly updated. The 5.5-litre displacement has been changed to a 4-litre that delivers 430kW and 850Nm of torque, with its optimal power delivery lying between 2500-3500RPM. By placing the turbochargers within the V of the cylinder configuration, the engine is more compact, and the AMG Cylinder Management system makes the engine more efficient when operating in the partial-load range.
Its interior has also been given an upgrade, with many of the visual cues from the exterior having aesthetic analogues inside the cabin. Like many premium vehicles, the centrepiece is a 12.3-inch widescreen display in the cockpit where most of the cabin settings can be controlled from, making the G-class interior look more home to a pilot rather than a driver.
As has always been the case with the G-class, there’s very little that’s too loud or ostentatious, the look and execution of the car prioritises distinguished quality and practicality above all else. It was initially a car made to perform, and if the specs on the G63 AMG are anything to go by, that’s precisely what it will keep doing.
As for pricing, the base model starts at R2.6 million with the limited ‘Edition 1’ retailing for R3 million.