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Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 is the ultimate off-road rager

By KBB.com Editors on March 16, 2013 8:51 AM
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Ready to kick sand in the face of anyone or anything pretty much anywhere, the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 represents the pinnacle of performance when it comes to getting down and dirty. Based on a highly modified G-Class - which rolls off the line with some pretty serious all-terrain capabilities of its own - the G63 AMG 6x6 pushes the envelope of unstoppable invincibility to an entirely new level while providing a full measure of comfort and luxury to all within.

At the heart of the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 is the G63's 5.5-liter twin-turbo AMG V8 that makes 544 horsepower and 560 lb-ft of torque. It's backed by an AMG SpeedShift Plus 7G-Tronic automatic with low-range transfer case that sends power to all six wheels via a conventional G63 setup at the front and a twin-axle rear-drive package that's used on various G-Class models built for military use.

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To ensure the G63 AMG 6x6 can keep on going where others fear to tread, this 8,487-pound ultra-runner also features portal axles that help increase ground clearance to nearly 15.8 inches, five differential locks that can be engaged on the fly, 37-inch all-terrain tires that also offer real-time pressure adjustability and a bespoke G-based suspension with custom springs and driver-adjustable shock absorbers. That formidable combination lets this maxi M-B charge up sand dunes with alacrity, rock walk with confidence and amble through 40 inches of water, when necessary. 

Like any AMG package, this attitude-rich pickup features a host of hard-edge cosmetic touches, including a unique twin-blade grille treatment, carbon fiber wheel-arch flares, a rugged stainless steel rollover bar and a solid bamboo bed liner. Despite its bad-to-the-bone character, the cabin of the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 is a well-isolated and elegantly tailored realm that offers the kind of amenities you'd expect to find in a typical M-B luxury sedan. Four individual, power-adjustable heated/cooled seats can be covered in diamond-quilted red or light brown designo leather to match the rest of the passenger compartment. Passengers in the aft quarters also get their own center console with covered storage.

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While officially referring to it as a "near-series show vehicle," the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 is reportedly heading to a very limited production run of 20-30 units annually with buildup to be done at the dedicated "G" facility in Graz, Austria. Pricing is expected to start around $450,000 with delivery of the first retail units due to commence in October.