New Mercedes-AMG G63 Breaks Cover With 577HP Under The Bonnet

New Mercedes-AMG G63 Breaks Cover With 577HP Under The Bonnet

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In the United Kingdom the Maybach-Mercedes S 650 will only be available with Merc's ubiquitous 621bhp twin-turbo V12 engine connected to a seven-speed automatic gearbox.

It all starts under the hood, where the G63 features a handcrafted twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 that makes 577 horsepower and 627 pounds-feet of torque.

Mercedes has neglected to mention any engine changes for now, but we'll find out more after the car's reveal at the 2018 Geneva motor show.

It's hard to believe that the current C-Class has already been on the market four years, but to keep its compact sedan fresh, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled a list of upgrades for the 2019 C-Class. In true AMG G-Class tradition, flared wheel arches contain impressive 22-inch wheels, while running boards come as standard.

The net result is a 4.5 second sprint from 0-100km/h, on the way to a 220km/h top speed.

The engine is mated to a nine-speed automatic gearbox and - unsurprisingly - 4MATIC four-wheel-drive, ensuring the G 63 is nearly as capable off-road as its lesser-powered brethren.

Unchanged for the new model year are the engine options and general scale of the vehicle. This new drivetrain is resting atop a beefed up independent suspension that's found on all new G Class models. At the back, gone are the bulbous taillights, in their place are a set of brand new sculpted taillights that stretch from the edge of the license plate frame to the rear quarter panel. The larger exterior dimensions also translate to more leg, shoulder, and elbow room in the front and rear seats.

The Mercedes-Maybach will make its world debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, arriving as a cross between the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the automaker's Maybach nameplate.

Active brake assist comes as standard, with customers needing to apply the driving assistance package to include further features, such as active distance assist and active steering assist.

Mercedes has made sure not to mess too much with its winning recipe - since the G-Wagen was first introduced, it has morphed from a utilitarian military vehicle into something of a fashionable (and wildly successful) alternative to more modern luxury SUVs. There's electric adjustment for the driver's seat with memory function and, if you plump for the (as yet unpriced) mulitcontour seats then you'll get all sorts of things like massage function, adjustable lumbar support, heating and cooling and more.

  • Terrell Bush