Always Prepared for a Blitzkrieg: Mercedes Launches 2013 G63/65 AMG


Just so absolutely wunderbar.

We've been told the same thing by the PR people over at Mercedes-Benz for some time now: The German brand's widely respected and iconic G Wagon will soon be discontinued. Aside from the occasional drug lord and dictator requiring transportation that allows them to evade their enemies, the G Wagon does more than what most people would ever use it for. But still, there's nothing else quite like it and there's still a small, but wealthy market for it.

As such, Mercedes has just released full specs and pictures of their 2013 G63 AMG. Although its classic exterior design remains nearly the same, it's the changes inside and under the hood that matter here. For starters, power comes from a 5.5-liter biturbo V8 with 544hp and 560lb-ft of torque. If that seems at all weak to you, then you're in luck. The new G65 AMG packs a monstrous 6.0-liter V12 biturbo with 612hp and 737 lb-ft (seriously). By comparison, the outgoing G55 AMG had 37hp less than the new G63. Both engines are mated to an AMG Speedshift seven-speed automatic transmission.

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So why is it called the G63 when it has a 5.5-liter V8? Simply because AMG wants it to match other models in their lineup. Yeah, we're satisfied with that reason. AMG has declared that the G65 AMG is the world's most powerful production off-road vehicle. It can go from 0 to 62 mph in only 5.3 seconds and has a top speed of 143 mph. In addition to the updated power, there's a revised interior with a new instrument panel and a state-of-the-art infotainment system. There's also an exclusive steering wheel and leather upholstery. Exterior changes are minimal, but they're there. There's a revised front bumper with larger air intakes and new LEDs. That's mainly it.

Thing is, if Mercedes went with too many styling changes, there's a pretty good chance they'd be messing too much with something that's already so damn good. There are just some vehicles that are iconic and the G Wagon is one of them. Pricing starts at €137,504 for the G55 and €264,180 for the G65 in Germany and both are expected to be on sale this June.