Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63: the ultimate SUV for self-isolation

2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63 (Photo credit: Pras Subramanian)
As someone who lives in New York and is blessed to have a car and also writes reviews of new cars, I am in an enviable position. I can get into a vehicle that is basically a perfect invention for social distancing and go into this pandemic world.
Here, too, the Americans are getting on board - car sales are increasing again, and experts speculate that local transportation still has some ways to go before people feel safe, among other things. The big point about being a car could come back even after years of world governments and environmental groups pushed for more environmentally friendly options for our transportation needs.
So if we spend a lot more time in our vehicles, as a reviewer, I have to ask, "Where would I really want to be?"
The new G-car
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63 (Photo credit: Pras Subramanian)
Now SUVs are not really my thing. I can appreciate its practicality, robustness and nature that can be used anywhere if I have the right setup, but I'm more of a sports car person.
But there is an SUV that I've always had a soft spot for, and that's the Mercedes over-truck (DDAIF) - the G-car.
This off-road vehicle came out in the 1970s and was basically the same vehicle in the 2018 model year (in fact I checked the G 65 Final Edition, which you can read here).
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63 (Photo credit: Pras Subramanian)
For 2019, the G-Wagen was all new - and everything was really new, even if it's difficult to say. Yes, it still has this lead frame and these three limited slip differentials, but the chassis is now stiffer, longer, and wider. God, there is now more space in the cabin (where leg room was a premium), and Mercedes basically classified the interior, and with the double widescreen display, improved HVAC controls and sound system, it classified the rest of the Mercedes Equal series (Burmester equipment here) and overall materials throughout.
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63 (Photo credit: Pras Subramanian)
Does it lose some of the "charm" of the rough, but still exclusive old-school G-car? Yes, but remember that turning the steering wheel in the old G, for example, was like extreme arm, shoulder and core training. The improvements in terms of drivability and suitability for everyday use are therefore enormous.
The drive
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63, which we are testing here, is powered by a handmade AMG variant of the Mercedes Twin-Turbo V8, which delivers ridiculous 577 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque at 2500 rpm. Even on a truck weighing over 5,000 pounds, this engine will snap your head back if you're not careful with the accelerator.
And the noise that comes from the double exhaust pipes that shoot out from under the running boards - am I in an SUV or a Dodge Viper? It is loud, but sonorous and moving. This is a Detroit muscle car on the freeway here. The Germans may be perfecting what it means when a car sounds like a pure American muscle.
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63 (Photo credit: Pras Subramanian)
But then you realize that you're sitting in this chariot, with shiny materials and leather everywhere and the big hallmark of the G-car - so much headroom that you don't know what you're doing with yourself. My test vehicle was also equipped with the “G manufaktur” interior package from Mercedes, which included nappa leather with diamond stitching, leather dashboard and special “multi-contour” seats with massage. The platinum white leather with blue accents was also a nice touch.
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63 (Photo credit: Pras Subramanian)
So it is a lot of fun to drive the G-car through the city and on the motorway. It sounds great, is very fast (especially in sports mode or in my configured "single mode") and you sit high up in luxury. Where else would you like to be when you need to isolate yourself from the outside world but still want to go out and see this world?
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63 (Photo credit: Pras Subramanian)
There are some disadvantages - yes, a few. Do you like to control an essentially flying box with a high center of gravity and to explore the city and traffic with such a big and cumbersome truck? You will also get around 14 MPG (EPA estimates) for your problems, and this G 63 variant will bring you a whopping $ 185,995 back, as tested here.
But people who buy the G 63, and it's a little more practical for the G 550, don't really care about that high sticker price or fuel consumption. The cost of doing business here is high, but what you get is something no other SUV offers: the story of the military-inspired G-car with the exclusivity, craftsmanship, performance, and overall bad certainty that Mercedes is now known for , updated for modern use after Covid-19.
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG G 63 (Photo credit: Pras Subramanian)
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Pras Subramanian is a reporter for Yahoo Finance. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
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