MERCEDES-AMG G 63: AN UNLIKELY DRAG RACER

Mercedes-AMG G 63 2018
Way back in the mid 1980s I ran hundreds of acceleration tests on a big variety of vehicles at the sadly now defunct Oran Park racetrack. I did the straight-line stuff while Modern Motor’s editor Barry Lake did hot laps.

It seemed a bit silly to be photographed sitting in a huge 4WD with the aerodynamics of a house brick – the just launched Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen – but it was our policy to wear skid lids, so we did.

I can’t remember what the zero to 100 km/h time was on the big Merc off-road military based vehicle, but it was probably closer to 15 seconds than five.

The about to be launched new Mercedes-AMG G 63 (due in June), is a highly modified version of the first G-Wagen in 40 years, and can now do the zero to 100 in 4.5 seconds. Yes, 4.5 seconds!

Mercedes-AMG G 63 2018

By way of comparison, my testing of Brock Commodores in the mid 1980s saw them struggle to get under six seconds unless you managed to get a really clean takeoff and rammed the gearchanges through to perfection.

How times change…

The ultra-hot new 2018 Mercedes-AMG is powered by a bi-turbo 4.0-litre V8 making 575 horsepower (430 kW) and 850 Nm of torque. That’s up from the 420kW/760Nm produced by the outgoing model’s 5.5-litre V8.

Mercedes-AMG G 63 2018

Power is taken to all four wheels through an AMG SpeedShift TCT nine-speed automatic transmission to a permanent all-wheel-drive system, including a low-range ratio with shift-on-the-move. The new Mercedes-AMG G 63 will officially accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds.

Now come some interesting numbers. The new Mercedes-AMG has a recommended retail of $247,700 plus on-road charges. A top-class Blue Brockie will now sell for around $100,000. Hmm…

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