- Designo Nigh Black Magno Paint (£4,285)
- High Spec Limited 'Edition 1' Example
- Including AMG Night Pack & AMG Winter Pack
- Mercedes Manufacturer’s Warranty until October 2021
- UK Supplied
The latest G63 is not just a facelift or an engine change but the first time since it’s conception in the late 1970’s that the G-Class has been fully re-engineered from the ground up. To start with an updated ladder frame chassis helps to reduce overall weight whilst increasing stiffness and strength. The suspension and off-road system have been totally redesigned and now give a much more sure-footed handling experience, especially on the road in faster corners. And those corners will certainly be coming faster as under the bonnet lies the same 4.0L twin-turbo V8 found in the range topping AMG GT-R packing 577bhp. Running through Mercedes’ new 9-speed gearbox and multiple locking diffs to all 4-wheels; this power, extra gearing and traction means the new G63 will rocket from 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds and romp on to a top speed of 137mph (149mph with the AMG Driver’s pack). It is even capable of cutting 4 cylinders to return much more favourable mpg figures than the outgoing model, proving this car has the brains to match the brawn.
The Edition 1 variant is a special specification only available for the first 12 months of production giving some unique aesthetic touches, which celebrated the launch of the re-mastered motoring icon. Grey side stripes for the doors and exterior features picked out in red give it a bold and menacing look. This ‘red & black’ theme continues on the inside with a smattering of red leather, stitching and red pepper weave carbon fibre to break up the predominantly black interior. All of this coupled with the Night Pack and AMG Driver’s Pack, which raises the top speed to a dizzying 149mph, adds to the occasion of this car and make it instantly recognisable as an Edition 1.
In terms of the exterior the new model is larger in every direction especially in width (nearly 5 inches) giving it a much more planted stance. This has helped with rear seat leg room, increased ground clearance and a deeper wading depth. In terms of exterior styling all the iconic features remain including the boxy shape, bonnet mounted indicators, exposed hinges and side exit exhaust, which continue to give this 4x4 a unique style and utilitarian charm. The new ingenious MULTIBEAM LED headlights are capable of recognising oncoming traffic and dipping the beam only for those sections, leaving the rest of the road fully lit, effectively allowing for constant high-beam use. Step inside using the retro door handles and stainless-steel runner boards, shutting the door with that satisfyingly solid clunk, and experience a vastly superior interior. Centre stage are two massive 12.3” screens, one for the instrument binnacle and one for the infotainment and COMMAND online system. Now sharing buttons and features with the S-class the interior has really been stepped up a level and completes a rather well sorted version of the new G-Class. Overall the new G-Class has upped its game in some key areas which include cabin quality and handling making it a real rival to the likes of the Range Rover Sport SVR & Porsche Cayenne Turbo.