Merc's super

mud-plugger

Mercedes-AMG G 63 front off road
Mercedes-AMG G 63 front static
Mercedes-AMG G 63 front action
Mercedes-AMG G 63 side
Mercedes-AMG G 63 rear off road
Mercedes-AMG G 63 cockpit

AS supercars go, you might think the Mercedes G Class doesn't really cut the mustard. But take a look at those huge front air scoops and it becomes clear that this is no ordinary G-wagen.

This is AMG's take on the boxy Merc off-roader - and the figures are impressive.

It will hit speeds of up to 149mph and sprint from rest to 60mph in less than 4.5 seconds.

More of a super mud-plugger than a supercar, perhaps, but the price, the power and the technology are up there with some very desirable high-end sports cars.

At £143,305 it's approaching twice the price of the range-topping model in the outgoing G-Class line-up. A special ‘Edition 1' model is also available with prices from £164,495.

The Mercedes-AMG G63 comes with a hand-built, four litre V8 petrol engine which produces 585hp and 850Nm of torque. It has an electronically limited top speed of 137 mph but this is increased to 149 mph with the optional AMG driver's package costing an extra £2,700. It delivers 21.4 mpg on the combined cycle and emits 299 g/km of CO.

A nine speed auto transmission comes as standard as does ride control suspension - a fully automatic, electronically controlled system which adjusts the damping at each wheel to the current road surface.

Standard equipment includes a 12.3-inch digital cockpit display and 12.3-inch infotainment display; 64-colour ambient lighting; three-zone automatic climate control; surround sound audio system; a self-parking system with 360°camera; LED headlights with adaptive highbeam assist; electric sunroof; AMG sports exhaust system; 20-inch alloy wheels finished in titanium grey; high-performance brakes; permanent four-wheel drive with three 100% locking differentials; and smartphone integration.

The Edition 1 adds 22-inch alloys finished in matt black with red pepper rims; a winter package including an auxiliary heater and heated windscreen; nappa leather upholstery in black with red inserts and contrast stitching; Active Multicontour Seat package; and ‘Edition 1' badging.

A driving assistance package is standard on both models and features blind spot assist and active distance assist.

Mercedes dealers are taking orders now with first deliveries expected in July.

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