When Mercedes finally unveiled its first complete revamp of G-Wagon since its original launch in 1979, the maker only revealed the entry level G550. Being off-road and impressive, looking as luxurious as its new interior, it has been expected that it will only be a matter of time before its AMG version is unveiled to gain more attention. And no doubt, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 is here to do exactly just that.
The G-Class can never be mistaken for anything else yet to ensure that the latest G63 is going to stand out, the maker decided to give it new grille, with wider fenders, additional two-mode sports exhaust, running boards made standard, and a switch to red brake clippers. There are also optional 22-inch wheels made available. Inside, the flat-bottomed steering wheel is no doubt the most notable feature specific to G63 alone.
However, as expected with any AMG, the most significant news is found under the hood. This time, the G63 is making 627 pound feet of torque and 577 horsepower from the 4.0-L twin-turbo V-8, which beats the G550 by 177 pound feet of torque and 161 horsepower. The company says that through the help of the latest 9-speed AMG transmission, this newest G63 will be able to hit as much as 60 miles per hour in around 4.4 seconds with 149 miles per hour as top speed with AMG Driver’s package. Unlike the outgoing model with 5.5-L and 7-speed auto, the latest G63 is getting additional 66 pound feet of torque and 14 horsepower enough for cutting almost one second off the 0 to 60 time.
G63 owners are not expected to off-road their rides but similar to the 2018 model, 2019 model comes with 3 locking differentials and four wheel drive as standard. However, instead of even torque distribution, the latest version is now rear-biased with defaults to sportier split of 40:60.