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JAN-FEB 2019

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One doesn't need a G-Wagen, they want it. Historically, the boxy bastion of off-road coolness was more noteworthy for its distinguished appearance rather than its disposition of driving like a box truck. Not anymore, explained Tobias Moers, CEO of Mercedes- AMG GmbH, "e new AMG G63 brings driving performance to the segment of unadulterated off-road vehicles in unexpected form. It was important for us to tie in with the original character on account of the cult status the G63 enjoys with our customers and fans. e vehicle has nevertheless reached a completely new dimension in terms of technology as well as in combination with the off-road characteristics, the agility and the vehicle dynamics achieved." On the exterior, the reinterpreted design remains true to the boxy silhouette with considerable upgrades such as an AMG- specific radiator grille; an AMG bumper with large side air inlets and trim in matt iridium silver; flared wheel arches; standard running boards; twin tailpipes in high-gloss chrome that emit the typical AMG V8 sound; standard LED high-performance headlamps, indicators and tail lights; exposed spare wheel on the rear door with a stainless steel cover and three-dimensional Mercedes star; and, wheels up to 22-inches in diameter. Under the hood, a compact AMG 4.0-liter V8 twin- turbo engine replaces the previous 5.5-liter V8 twin-turbo engine in the G63. The handcrafted power plant generates 577-horsepower and is capable of a 0-60mph sprint in 4.4 seconds, which is just shy of a full second faster than the previous model. Speed tops out at 137 mph, or 149 mph with the AMG Driver's package. To improve fuel efficiency, the G63 is equipped with the AMG Cylinder Management cylinder deactivation system. In the partial- load range, cylinders two, three, five and eight are deactivated, which significantly lowers fuel consumption. The AMG main menu on the instrument cluster informs the driver whether the cylinder deactivation system is in use and whether the engine is presently operating in the partial or full-load range. e transition from four to eight-cylinder operation is fast and imperceptible. Short shift times are brought about by the AMG SPEEDSHIFT TCT 9G transmission. A multiple downshift function permits spontaneous bursts of speed, while the double-declutching function in "Sport" and "Sport Plus" transmission modes allows for a more connected driving experience. SPOT ON e 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 Written by Andre James 62 slmag.net

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