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Merc’s makes the toughest even more tough


THINK the Merc's G63 AMG is as extreme as it gets? Think again.

IS YOUR off-roader not off-roady enough? Enter the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6.

Mercedes-Benz recently revealed pictures and information about the very extreme G63 AMG 6x6 near-series show vehicle.

Under the hood lies an AMG bi-turbo V8 that, good for 400kW of power and 760Nm of torque. Add to this 6x6 drive, an off-road low-range ratio in the transfer case, portal axles, five differential locks which can be engaged on the move and a tyre-pressure control system which allows the pressure in the huge 37-inch tyres to be adjusted in record time while the vehicle is running, and you have an off-roader that doesn’t stop where the road ends. It’s more than a match for the toughest terrain that Planet Earth can throw at it. Rivers can’t faze it either due its fording capability of one meter.

It doesn’t do so at the expense of its occupants’ comfort, however. A wealth of interior enhancements from AMG ensures that all passengers are as comfortable as possible while negotiating the roughest of the rough. The cabin features four individual electrically adjustable seats that are heated and ventilated.

The up-to-date interior concept has been sourced from the production G-Class and features impressive new instruments, as well a as large, central colour display. Merc has even gone to the trouble and finished the load area in solid bamboo.

The G63 AMG 6x6 also uses mainly series-production components under the skin - seeing that it is so readily available after 34 years in production - like the AMG bi-turbo V8 engine coupled with AMG’s Speedshift Plus 7G-Tronic automatic transmission.

The chassis is also mostly based on the production model. The biggest difference between the two vehicles is the adjustment of the helical springs and dampers in order to take account of the changed characteristics of the three-axle model.

The Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 might enter small-series production should positive reaction to the near-series model prove sufficient.

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