New Mercedes-AMG G63: behemoth 4x4 gets a 577bhp, Affalterbach makeover | CAR Magazine

New Mercedes-AMG G63: behemoth 4x4 gets a 577bhp, Affalterbach makeover

Published: 13 February 2018 Updated: 13 February 2018

►  The G-class, AMG style
►  577bhp 4.0-litre V8 biturbo

►  New car to be shown at Geneva

The new Mercedes-Benz G-class made its debut just a few weeks ago, but Affalterbach has already given it the AMG treatment. Featuring the substantial G-wagen chassis as a base, the new G63 features all-new gizmos like AMG’s Ride control suspension, new driving modes and fast-changing 9-speed ‘box. And because this is a G63, AMG have shoehorned a 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine in it, good for 577bhp.

New Mercedes-AMG G63: engine

The new unit replaces the hefty 5.5-litre block of the previous G 63, and like several of AMG’s new power units, it features twin scroll superchargers nestled in-between each bank of cylinders. That makes for a smaller, more responsive engine – and when combined with cylinder shut-off in Eco mode, Mercedes says it can produce lower emissions, too.

New Mercedes-AMG G63: handling and ride

The G-class should be less-truck like to drive because it’ll have several new features that should make the ride more dynamic. Along with a speed-sensitive steering wheel, the new G-class will also feature five on-road driving modes; from Slippery to Sport+. If you’re off-road, you’ll be able to choose from Sand, Trail or Rock.

New Mercedes-AMG G63: exterior goodies

On the outside, the G63 also gets a bold reworking from AMG, with a new radiator grille, flared wheel arches and side pipes somehow making the G-wagen look even more aggressive. As you’d expect, the AMG G63 can also roll on wheels up to 22-inches in diameter.

We’ll know more about the G63 when it’s shown properly at the 2018 Geneva motor show

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's Digital Editor, F1 and sim-racing enthusiast. Partial to clever tech and sports bikes