THE Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6x6 near-series show vehicle brings together the best of three worlds — reports Stephen Sinfield.
The latest, revised G-Class series-production models lend the cultured off-roader the effortless superiority and refinement of a vehicle which has dominated the off-road scene for 34 years.
They are also the source of the up-to-date interior concept with the contemporary dashboard featuring impressive new instruments and a large, central colour display.
Unreserved robustness as well as practicality and a can-do attitude to off-road driving are the traits inherited from the military and the commercial G-Class models.
Finally, the renowned Mercedes-AMG luxury and performance division contributes the superior engine technology and the interior which is as luxurious as it is comfortable.
A look at the key data of the G 63 AMG 6x6 makes it clear that this model’s off-road world begins at a point where anything less than a vehicle with caterpillar tracks would have to give up the fight. Six driven wheels, an off-road low-range ratio in the transfer case, portal axles, five differential locks which can be engaged on the move and a tyre-pressure control system which allows the pressure in the huge 37-inch tyres to be adjusted in record time while the vehicle is running — all these are features which one seeks in vain in conventional cross-country vehicles.
Together, they ensure that the G 63 AMG 6x6 has driving dynamics which are more than a match for the toughest terrain.
As a result, the show vehicle is able to storm up the highest sand dunes with ease while sand tracks hold no fears thanks to its unshakable directional stability.
Rocky terrain is negotiated with all the agility of a mountain goat; traversing a river becomes almost child’s play thanks to the impressive fording capability of one metre.
And anyone exploring the on-road performance is certain to be impressed by the catapult-like acceleration of this 3.85-tonne pick-up.