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2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG G63

  • 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG G63
  • Full bodywork PPF system
  • Huge spec including Burmester sound system
  • 20,000 miles from new

Presented in Olive Green bodywork that has retained a beautiful finish thanks to the application of a full PPF system, this Mercedes-Benz AMG G63 is an early example of the second-generation W463 model that was launched at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show.

Its riding on 285/45 R21 Pirelli Scorpion tyres, and inside the luxuriously trimmed black interior is the desirable optional extra of Burmester’s surround sound system. Standard equipment includes Mercedes-Benz’s revised infotainment set-up, a steering column-mounted paddle shift for the nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox, heated memory sets, 64-colour ambient lighting and much more besides.

Its performance is immense – as you’d expect from a car powered by a twin-turbocharged, 3982cc V8 engine that produces 577bhp and a colossal 627 lb ft of torque. Official figures showed that was enough to propel the G63 to 60mph in only 4.5 seconds, and its twin side-exit exhausts provide a suitably thunderous soundtrack.

The extensive chassis revisions for the second-generation W463 meant that the big G63 handled more impressively than any previous G-Wagen, with its combination of rack-and-pinion steering and independent front suspension making it – in the words of Chris Harris on Top Gear – ‘little short of a revelation’ on the road.

Now being offered for sale with The Classic Motor Hub, this Mercedes-Benz AMG G63 was first registered on 22 November 2018. It will be freshly serviced and is MoT’d until 1 November 2022.

Model history

After an extensive testing and development programme that ran for most of the 1970s, the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen was launched in 1979 and – with its instantly recognisable shape and robust build quality – has become Germany’s answer to the Range Rover.

Originally intended to be a civilian version of a military vehicle, the G-Wagen has gradually become more luxurious over the years. When, for example, the first-generation W463 model replaced the original W460 in 1990, wood interior trim and leather seats were offered for the first time, while ABS and electronically locking differentials were employed.

A bewildering array of body styles and engines were subsequently offered, but the basic architecture of the G-Wagen remained largely the same until well into the 21st century. Not until the launch of the second-generation W463 in 2018 were fundamental engineering changes made.

Although it retained the separate chassis of the previous model, the new G-Wagen was lighter and stiffer than ever before, while rack-and-pinion steering replacing the archaic recirculating ball. Independent front suspension replaced the old live-axle set-up, and there was more space in the redesigned, high-tech interior.

When the second-generation W463 was launched, Evo noted that ‘you can carry impressive pace down a road that has as many turns as it does straights’ and concluded that – when compared to its rivals – this latest incarnation of the Mercedes G-Wagen was ‘in another league’ when it came to character. No longer did ownership have to come with the caveat of a heavily compromised driving experience.

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