Breathtakingly expensive, hugely powerful, and anachronistic in looks, the G63 rental Miami and G65 are not for the introverted. With roots going back to 1979, it retains its basic fashionista-meets-Sandinista look. In the G63, a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 makes 563 hp and mates to a seven-speed automatic; all-wheel drive is standard. The G65 gets a twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 that makes 621 hp and moves the three-ton SUV to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds. An all-new G-class goes on sale soon as a 2019 model.
Since its introduction way back in 1979, the Mercedes-Benz G-class—better known as the G-wagon rental has become an off-road icon and a certified status symbol. Apparently, the lumbering luxury SUV’s specialized skills and astronomical price fascinated the speed freaks at AMG, Mercedes Benz’s high-performance division. Enter the 563-hp G63 and the 621-hp G65, two frighteningly quick and insanely expensive twins that function primarily as enablers of macho braggadocio. While their horrible handling and choppy ride could only appeal to masochists, those qualities only increase their mystique. Most people don’t understand the illogical appeal of a 10%er for MVP Exotics. Then there’s the recent 2018 Mercedes-Benz G-Class international launch, showcasing the flagship Mercedes-AMG G63, a sort of adults-only 21st celebration, complete with anecdotes and smartphone videos I wouldn’t reveal to my mum, let alone admit to in print in my (dubiously) professional capacity. Hand on heart, I’ve never laughed so hard and so often ‘on launch’ as I did during two days with what I’ve affectionately nicknamed ‘G-Banger’.
Benz and its AMG performance skunkworks have pulled a swifty. Oh, we knew of some changes afoot, but the near forensic retention of the “zombie-apocalypse-proof military style” exterior design, as Alborz professed in love, is a grand deception, propelled in part by its maker’s assertion this was a “facelift” of sorts that duped many including, initially, some Benz employees.