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No, we aren’t pulling your leg; this really is the latest Mercedes-AMG G63. While it looks remarkably similar to the original G-Class (née G-Wagen), there have been huge changes underneath that familiar boxy body. That’s for the best, since the original G-Class was in production from 1979 all the way up to 2018.
That’s not to say the second-generation G-Class has gone soft. It still has a tough ladder frame chassis with the body bolted on top, three differential locks for maximum traction off road and a live rear axle for loads of suspension travel. However, for the first time, there’s fully independent front suspension with a more car-like steering set-up and a focus on reducing weight.
As you’ve probably guessed from the AMG part of its name, there’s something rather special under the bonnet in the G63. Like other ‘63’ models, there’s a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8, here with a whopping 577bhp. This really is a rival for the likes of the Bentley Bentayga W12, Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Lamborghini Urus.
So, can the G63 really beat these super SUVs? Read on to see what it’s like to drive, how luxurious it is and what it’ll cost you. If you’re ready to buy this or any other new car, have a look at our New Car Buying section for big savings on hundreds of new motors.