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Much like the Humvees that participated in last month's Head 2 Head, the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG and G63 AMG 6x6 in the latest installment are some of the toughest off-road vehicles money can buy. And you'll need a lot of money to buy the 6X6 - at least $500,000. We're not sure why Mercedes-Benz decided to improve the Geländewagen's already fabled off-road prowess by adding another rear axle, but after watching host Jonny Lieberman put it through its paces off-road (and off the ground!), it all makes sense. Sort of.
No matter, you owe it to yourself to head below and watch the 10-minute comparison, if for no other reason than to see and hear how a Mercedes 6X6 handles every obstacle thrown at it with aplomb. Enjoy.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Tags: 6x6, Amg, gelandewagen, head 2 head, Jonny Lieberman, luxury, Mercedes, mercedes g-class, mercedes g63 amg, Off-Road, Performance, Specialty, Suv, Video, videos
If you were responsible for law enforcement in a country with all the money and oil in the world, what would you use as your patrol car? If you answered a 700-horsepower Mercedes-Benz G-Class, you're in the same boat as Brabus, which brought just such a beast to the Dubai International Motor Show this week.
Expanding Germany's "Tune it! Safe!" program to the Emirates, this custom G63 AMG boasts Brabus' B63S 700 Widestar tuning regimen. That includes a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 tuned up to 700 horsepower, a retuned dynamic suspension, 23-inch forged alloys and full widebody kit.
That's enough to send the big Merc to 62 in just 4.9 seconds and on to a wind-cheating top speed of 149 miles per hour. As you can see, it's also been fitted with a full police livery and lighting package, making for a vehicle well suited towards keeping both road and dune under the rule of law. Scope out the images in the gallery above and the press release below for a closer look.
This is only the latest, and not even the most outrageous, high-powered vehicle to join the Dubai police. The department recently acquired a Ferrari FF and a Lamborghini Aventador, and reportedly displayed an Audi R8, Nissan GT-R and Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG at the show as well. Of course some police forces have been known to merely borrow supercars and temporarily paste their liveries and lights atop them to raise public awareness and drum up some good will, and that could be the case with the Emir's officers as well, but if any police department can actually afford (and afford to fuel) these cars, surely it's Dubai's.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Tags: aftermarket, brabus, dubai, dubai international motor show, dubai motor show, dubai police, Mercedes, mercedes g-class, mercedes g63 amg, middle east, Misc. Auto Shows, police, Police/Emergency, Suv
Unstoppable. That's what comes to mind when images of the Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 cross our screen, as it's usually annihilating some barren stretch of desert. In reality, though, the über-G-Wagen isn't all that unstoppable - it may have six-wheel drive, but it's a car, more or less like any other.
That's why Texas Armoring has essentially made the monstrous Mercedes impervious to bullets, up to the kind of rounds one would find in an AK-47, M16 or other military-derived boom-boom stick. Yes, a trip to Texas Armoring will stop a 7.62x63-millimeter (also known as a .30-06 Springfield) bullet in its tracks. Sounds just about perfect if you plan on driving around the scenic vistas that make up the world's conflict hotspots.
Unlike the Brabus variant shown at Frankfurt, though, Texas Armoring doesn't do anything to the engine, and while there's no shortage of love for the AMG powerplant, adding what Auto Bild suspects is nearly a half-ton of weight without upping the power will probably hurt its performance. We wonder if we could get an armored Brabus?
Aftermarket tunes aside, the armor package for the 6x6 bumps the price up past seven figures, to $1.35 million. But really, after Texas Armoring has its way with it, this thing has more in common with a tank than a car. $1.35 million doesn't seem like such a bad deal, all things considered.
UPDATE: An earlier version of this story stated that Texas Armoring would add an additional five tons of weight to the 6x6. We got our translation wrong, and in actuality, Auto Bild reported that adding the armored bits would make the G63 6x6 tip the scales at over five tons, total - half a ton more than the standard vehicle.Permalink | Email this | Comments
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In the midst of the launch for one of its most important new cars, the 2014 CLA-Class, Mercedes-Benz has decided to set a price for one of its most ridiculous - and ridiculously awesome - products of all time, the G63 AMG 6x6. How much exactly will it cost to claim ownership to the baddest G-Class ever made? A measly 379,000 euros (*not including the pricey value-added tax), which converts to around $513,000.
Now comes the real disappointment. Even if you have that much money lying around, chances are you still won't be able to buy one. A Mercedes spokesperson told us that not only will the six-wheel-drive G63 AMG be sold in "very small volume," it will not be sold in North America or right-hand-drive markets like the UK, Australia and Japan. We're guessing this means that the handful of these insane trucks that go into production later this year will be hoarded by wealthy residents of the Middle East.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Tags: gelandewagen, luxury, Mercedes, mercedes g-class, mercedes g-wagen, mercedes g63 amg, Off-Road, Performance, Truck
We didn't think things could get any more bonkers when Mercedes-Benz released the G63 AMG 6x6. But that's before we landed in Frankfurt and saw what Brabus has done with the beast.
The Benz tuner par excellence has applied its B63S performance package to increase the 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8's output from 536 horsepower up to 690 and from 561 pound-feet of torque to 708. Driving through all six - count 'em, six - wheels, that's enough to propel the four-ton colossus from 0 to 62 miles per hour in just 7.4 seconds, which is mighty quick for what essentially amounts to a six-wheeled tank. Brabus kept the 37-inch off-road tires in place, however, limiting top speed to 100 mph.
Aside from the bigger turbos, gold-sheathed intake, high-performance catalysts, 2.9-inch downpipes and stainless steel variable exhaust system and remapped ECU that Brabus fitted to raise the engine's output, it also installed a new front spoiler, carbon-fiber hood scoop, LED and Xenon lighting and a black and red leather and Alcantara interior. You can delve into the full details in the press release below, but what you really need to see are the live images in the gallery above, along with the stock photos in the additional gallery below.Permalink | Email this | Comments
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Mercedes-Benz tuner Brabus has revisited the AMG trims of the ML and GL SUVs to add more power, more swag, and — well, you know how these things turn out.
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