Bought second-hand, with a substantial saving on the official £136,000+ new purchase price, this two-year-old AMG G63 came fully loaded with more equipment and gadgets than my house. It was almost as big as my house, to boot!
My friend and his car-crazy kids had grown tired of his Porsche Cayenne Turbo and wanted a performance SUV that was different and less commonplace. His ‘Kardashian’ black G-Wagen certainly fits the bill.
As one of the few modern drivers yet to be seduced by an SUV, posh, performancy or otherwise, the point of the AMG G63 is rather lost on me. As a true car guy, though, I have to admit to being slightly pleased that such a reckless and pointless machine exists. With its huge 5,461cc V8 pumping out an awe-inspiring 571 bhp, this brick-shaped Merc is capable of accelerating from 0-62 mph in 5.4 seconds, and on to a top speed of 130mph. Impressive stuff indeed, for a vehicle with the aerodynamic qualities of the National Theater building on the Southbank.
Lugging this bluff 2.5-tonne machine around takes its toll in many areas, though, including handling, ride comfort, and the wallet. The published ‘combined’ official fuel consumption figure of 20mpg doesn’t seem too bad for such a hefty SUV, but in reality, so far my friend hasn’t seen much more than 15 mpg, and filling the Merc’s ample 96 litre tank is a long and bank balance-sapping experience, as is the 37 per cent taxation bracket bill that funds the G63’s high C02 emissions. Scary stuff!