Our friends at GoaOnWheels report that the flagship SUV in Mercedes Benz’s range, the G63 AMG, will be launched in India on the 19th of February. The 2013 Mercedes Benz G63 AMG replaces the German luxury car brand’s G55 AMG model, an SUV that has been selling in India for the last couple of years. The G63 AMG brings in a host of improvements over the G55 model with the engine being one of the biggest changes on the new model. The G63 AMG is a much more powerful SUV than the outgoing model and comes with performance that would shame many a sportscar.
Butch looking, with the design language inspired from the legendary Gelande Wagen range of SUVs that Mercedes Benz has been selling for many decades now, the AMG massaged G63 Off Roader is powered by a 5.5 Liter Twin Turbo petrol engine that spits out 544 Teuton thoroughbreds and 760 Nm of earth splitting torque. This much power and torque is transmitted to all four wheels of the SUV through a four wheel drive system and a 7 speed dual clutch automatic transmission. Given the G63 AMG’s bread box like geometry, the men in white coats at AMG have deemed it fit for the electronic speed limiter to kick in at 210 Kph.
But the visceral acceleration will more than make up for the limited top speed with th 0-100 Kph sprint coming in 5.4 seconds. All said, the G63 AMG isn’t actually about simply going fast. The off roader is one of the most capable ones that money can buy with an array of complex electronic gadgetry working overtime to complement the go anywhere design of this SUV and help the G63 blast past sand dunes and ford streams with veritable ease. Along with the more powerful engine, Mercedes Benz has also outfitted the G63 AMG with fuel sipping devices like a start-stop system and brake energy regeneration.
The result is an improvement in fuel economy of up to 13%, even if most G63 AMG buyers couldn’t care any less about stretching that liter of dinosaur remains the extra mile. The G63 AMG will be imported into the country through the CBU route and is expected to be priced a tad over INR 1.2 Crores. Now, it’ll be interesting to see how many fat cats in India actually spend that much money to only take the G63 AMG off roading at the first opportunity. A rich man’s boy toy? You bet. The rest of us can make do with the upcoming 2013 Force Gurkha.