How about this for a stat? The Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG is the most popular AMG model sold in America currently. Not the SLS AMG, not the E63 AMG, not even the C63 AMG. Nope, that honor goes to the G63 AMG. We recently spent some time with AMG's most popular offering putting it through a variety of paces that included, but weren't limited to, a little off-roading and acting as a shuttle for people, flowers, and gifts to get to and from a friend's wedding. 

The G63 AMG is beautifully crafted inside with loads of Designo diamond-quilted leather seen in the doors and on the seats. Closing the doors on the G63 AMG is similar to that of the New York Federal Reserve's vault door - it's done so with authority. Even the door locks slide into place with conviction. Mercedes' COMAND system resides inside and controls things like Bluetooth, navigation, and which radio band you're listening to. Then there's the basketball net-like cup holder, which was reviled by everyone who sat up front because it takes up valuable real estate in the front passenger's foot well. There was a little bit of creaking and groaning when you went over uneven surfaces in the road but that was quickly overlooked by simply stepping on the throttle. 

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Monumental muscle

Speaking of which, underneath the hood rests a thunderous 5.5-liter V8 biturbo engine, ready to sing at a moment's notice. Paired with a 7-speed automatic transmission, this combination is rated at 536 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque. This combination can get the 5,873-pound G63 AMG hustling from 0-60 mph in a very impressive five seconds. When driving it spiritedly, the G63 AMG's eight cylinders sing an intoxicating baritone note that everyone on board takes notice of. Rolling on 20-inch AMG wheels, the G63 AMG has three separate locking differentials but we're willing to bet the majority of owners won't be doing any serious off-roading. Just to be sure though, we took the G63 AMG into the rugged back country of Irvine, California to see what it was made of. The terrain wasn't anything you'll see on National Geographic in terms of technicality but the G63 AMG held up just fine nonetheless. 

In all, our 2014 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG tester rang out at a stout $137,505 and that includes a $2,300 paint job and a $905 destination and delivery fee. If you have this much spare coin to spend on a vehicle, the G63 AMG is a fun combination of luxury and brute strength.

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