Official photographs of the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG have been published on the internet ahead of the performance SUV’s planned public debut at the Beijing motor show in China.
Flaunting a deep new front bumper with large cooling ducts, a double slat grille, side mounted exhaust pipes exiting ahead of the rear wheels and characteristic five spoke AMG alloy wheels, the G63 AMG enters the Mercedes-Benz line-up as a replacement for the long running G55 AMG.
Power hails from the German car maker’s twin-turbocharged 5.5-litre V8 direct injection petrol engine. It develops 536bhp and a heady 77.4kgm of torque – some 43bhp and 6.08kgm more than the G55’s old supercharged 5.4-litre V8 powerplant.
The new engine is mated to a contemporary seven speed automatic gearbox, with drive channeled permanently to all four wheels through three separate differentials that can be manually locked from the cabin for added ability in off-road conditions. Unlike other facelifted G-class models, it also receives an automatic stop/start function and brake energy recuperation for added fuel savings.
Set to join the G63 AMG in the facelifted G-class line-up is a new range topping G65 AMG model. Planned to be sold in selected markets, including China, Russia and the Middle East, it runs a 603bhp version of Mercedes-Benz’s twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 multi-point injection petrol engine.
Also watch: Beijing Motor Show 2012 COMPLETE IMAGE GALLERY
Issue: 166 | June 2013
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