2013 Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG impresses with new V8 biturbo engine

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 19, 2012

Mercedes-Benz officially unveiled today the new G 63 AMG, its latest addition in its powerful AMG SUVs. The new 2013 Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG is powered by the new AMG 5.5 litre V8 biturbo engine delivering 400 kW (544 hp) and 760 Nm of torque (560 lb-ft), bolted to the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission system.

With those numbers, the G 63 AMG can sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.4 seconds, with a new top speed of 210 km/h or 130 mph (electronically limited). The new G63 AMG outperforms the G 55 AMG KOMPRESSOR by 27 kW (37 hp) and 60 newton metres. Moreover, it has a fuel consumption of 13.8 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC combined), which means a reduction of 2.1 litres comparing it with the predecessor model.

According to Mercedes-Benz, this reduction is attributed to the new biturbo eight-cylinder engine, along with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission system and the ECO start/stop function.

The AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission offers three drive modes and an automatic double-declutching function for downshifting. The “Controlled Efficiency” (C) mode is the most fuel-efficient one as it activates the ECO start/stop function, shutting down the eight-cylinder engine when the vehicle is stationary. Furthermore, the C mode is characterised by smooth accelerator and transmission characteristics and early gear changes.

What is more interested is that the vehicle is usually started in second gear in this mode. In the Sport (S) and Manual (M) models, the ECO start/stop function is off, and the engine-transmission combination displays far greater agility. In order to keep you safe, the G63 AMG features all-round ventilated, perforated brake discs with dimensions of 375 x 36 millimetres at the front and 330 x 20 millimetres at the rear.

The brake discs are hided behind the new AMG 5x2 spoke light alloy wheels offered as a standard equipment. In terms of styling, the 2013 G 63 AMG comes with the new high-gloss black “twin-blade” radiator grille with four chrome inserts, seen also on the SL 63 AMG and SL 65 AMG.

The grille design is consistent with the car’s classic contours, with an off-road look perfectly integrated into the vehicle’s overall appearance. Moreover, we find a new AMG front bumper featuring three generously dimensioned openings as airflow inlets for the cooling module.

New LED daytime running lamps are fitted below the bi-xenon headlamps. The “V8 BITURBO” logo is also new and it is found on the front mudguard. The interior was also updated and now features a new instrument panel and state-of-the-art infotainment and assist systems as well as an AMG instrument cluster with colour TFT screen, AMG main menu and separate gear display, plus white-lit AMG sills on all doors.

The E-Select shift lever is also a familiar feature from other models such as the SLS AMG. the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG is priced at G 63 AMG 137,504.50 euros in Germany.

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