The new Mercedes-AMG G63 is scheduled to launch in South Africa towards the middle of November 2018, but we can already bring you local pricing for this fresh version of the beefed-up Geländewagen.
The G63 will be priced from R2 591 000, before CO2 emissions tax (which is likely to add another R22 500 or so, depending on the selected tyre size). A six-year/100 000 km maintenance plan is included in the price.
Opting for the "Edition 1" variant adds another R300 000, and brings with it items such as 22-inch AMG cross-spoke forged wheels, AMG sports stripes, carbon-fibre trim in red pepper, AMG Exclusive Nappa leather, red top-stitching, red seat belts and the AMG Night package.
Interesting optional extras for the G63 include rear-seat entertainment (R44 200), a Burmester surround sound system (R23 000), a carbon-fibre engine cover (R13 300) and a variety of exterior colours (priced up to R92 000).
As a reminder, the new G63 (which we’ve driven in France) drops the 5,5-litre V8 of the previous-generation model for a twin-turbo 4,0-litre V8 worth a whopping 430 kW and 850 N.m. The result is a sprint from zero to 100 km/h in a claimed 4,5 seconds, with a top speed of 220 km/h (or 240 km/h with the optional R49 500 AMG Driver’s package selected).
The so-called AMG Speedshift TCT 9G transmission is used in the new G63, complete with model-specific software for “very short shift times”. The all-wheel-drive system, meanwhile, features rear-biased torque distribution with a front to rear split of 40 to 60 (in the previous-generation G63, the distribution was a neutral 50:50).
Mercedes-AMG furthermore says the off-road reduction gear has been “developed further for operations on difficult terrain”. The reduction ratio of the transfer case is now 2,93, up on the 2,1 of the old model.
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