Of course, Mercedes offers each model in a variety of trim levels, all of the above except for the GLK available in very sporting top-tier AMG guise. Prior to the 2013 model year the G55 AMG was the only Aufrecht, Melcher and Großaspach-tuned G-Class available, but that all changed when the Affalterbach, Baden-Württemberg-housed division replaced the 5.5-litre V8 in the G55 AMG with a ridiculously
Next year we can expect the G65 AMG to arrive as a 2016 model, complete with its 6.0-litre twin-turbocharged V12. That engine is good for a healthy 604 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque, and drives all four wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission. Only two vehicles in Mercedes’ fleet get this overzealous powerplant, the lucky duo being the S65 AMG luxury sedan and SL65 AMG roadster. It’s the same engine used in the now defunct Maybach ultra-luxury sedan, incidentally, not to
While the G-Class will likely remain a must-have 4×4 for those who want a powerful luxury vehicle that can go just about anywhere, the arrival of the G65 AMG will come just in time to do battle with new Bentley, Lamborghini and Maserati SUVs, potentially thwarting these new threats. And like at least two of these newcomers, its price tag should hover somewhere around the $250k mark.
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