View Full Version : Mercedes-Benz reveals the G63 AMG 66, a six-wheel-drive luxo SUV Ultimate Dream Toad

03-01-2013, 07:22 PM
Here is my dream toad! Out of my price range unfortunately who knows about others though.



The inevitable has happened.
There are only so many possible permutations of a metal box on four wheels designed to go fast over any terrain, and from the Jeep Wrangler (http://autos.yahoo.com/jeep/wrangler) to the Range Rover (http://autos.yahoo.com/land-rover/range-rover/2013/), all of them have been explored in some degree with varying levels of ability and luxury. It was only a matter of time before a group of mad engineers gathered together and said "Screw it, let's go six-wheel-drive."

Those engineers work for Mercedes-Benz (http://autos.yahoo.com/mercedes-benz), and this creation, the G63 AMG (http://autos.yahoo.com/mercedes-benz/g-class/) 6x6, isn't a concept, but a luxury SUV that the German automaker will build for a handful of wealthy customers.
Six-wheel-drive trucks have been in military and commercial use for decades; Mercedes made a few for use before World War II, and its commercial division has supplied a 6x6 version of the old Gelandewagen to Austrian forces since 2011.

But that truck features a bare metal cabin and power from a 185-hp diesel. The AMG engineers swapped the drivetrain from the G63 AMG, featuring a 5.5-liter, twin-turbo V-8 good for 536 hp, mated to a seven-speed transmission, good enough to hustle the 8,300-lb. juggernaut to 60 mph in about six seconds. Inside, there's room for four passengers to ride in a tableau of luxury, from the quilted white leather seats and carbon-fiber accented dash to the bamboo-lined cargo area.

As for the six wheels, they're not just for show. AMG splits the torque 30/40/30 among the axles from front to rear for maximum traction, with locking differentials for all 37-inch wheels; the 6x6 can ford water more than three feet deep and its 52-degree approach angle means it will climb most anything short of a sheer cliff face. For desert travels, the tires can be inflated and deflated from a panel in the cabin.

According to Autoweek (http://www.autoweek.com/article/20130228/CARREVIEWS/130229780), Mercedes plans to build about 20 to 30 of these behemoths starting in October for a price just below the $457,000 AMG will charge for an all-electric SLS, and if you have to ask about miles per gallon, then clearly you don't own enough oil wells to afford one.

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03-01-2013, 08:05 PM
That thing is a beast. I used to own a gun metal gray '93 G-Wagon that I brought in from Germany about 14 years ago and really enjoyed that rig. I sold it for a pretty penny after repainting it. A few years later they opened up the US market for them and the price for new ones was less than I got for one eight years old.

Before spending that kind of money (453k) , I would be half tempted to build a conversion out of a regular G-Wagon, but nowadays don't think I can muster that much enthusiasm.