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You’ve Always Wanted To Try This, Haven’t You: Video 4
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Kurt, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes-Benz G-Class, video, Videos on 06 4th, 2012

The spirit of adventure in us human beings runs pretty deep. While there isn’t much opportunity to petition your queen for money to sail around the world anymore, sometimes adventure is where you find it. That’s one of the reasons why SUVs, and their suburban siblings, crossovers, remain some of the best selling vehicles on the market. While most of us won’t just turn off road and go bounding across desert plains and mountain passes, these vehicles give us the illusion that we can.

While the Mercedes-Benz G Class is indeed a capable off-roader, its starting price north of six figures means that most won’t go further off-road than a grassy parking lot or perhaps a sandy beach. The G-Wagen is certainly capable of catching air on gravel roads, but we doubt most buyers would see the accompanying stone chips in the paint (not to mention chassis squeaks and rattles) as badges of honor.

If money isn’t an object, then the G-Class could very well be your societal escape pod. For the rest of us, there’s the Jeep Wrangler, the Toyota FJ Cruiser and the Nissan Xterra.

Mercedes Dealer Announces New G63 And G65 AMG Models 29
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, G63 AMG, G65 AMG, Kurt, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes-Benz G-Class, News on 03 29th, 2012

The G55 AMG, as fast as you can go off-road today. Image: Mercedes-Benz

When an all-new model is about to drop, generally it’s the manufacturer and not a local dealer that breaks the news. Imagine our confusion, then, when a press release confirming the launch of two new G Class models hit the wire yesterday, originating from a Mercedes dealership in New Orleans.

Mercedes-Benz has been very tight-lipped about the existence of a G63 AMG or a G65 AMG version of its go-anywhere G Class. Spy photos have been showing up for years, and Mercedes allegedly custom built a limited run of G63 models for select (i.e., wealthy and influential) customers a few years back.

According to Motor Authority, the G63 AMG will replace the current G55 AMG (shown here) and will pack some 536 horsepower into a twin-turbo, 5.5-liter V-8 engine. Just in case that’s not fast enough or expensive enough for your tastes, the G65 AMG will get a twin-turbo V-12 good for 621 horsepower and an earth-moving 737 pound-feet of torque. Pricing wasn’t mentioned for either model, but it’s safe to assume the G63 AMG will be “very expensive,” with the G65 AMG coming in at “very, very expensive.”

Mercedes-Benz has yet to confirm or deny the existence of either G-Class model, but this much is clear: if the automaker was planning on launching the SUVs in the United States, a certain dealership will have a lot of explaining to do.