2025 Mercedes-AMG G63 revealed: Relax, it still has a V8


aria-label="Mercedes AMG G63 2024 new images 3"Some of Affalterbach’s performance heroes are swapping eight cylinders for four, but the Mercedes-AMG G63 retains its V8 for 2024

Mercedes-Benz has given its second-generation G-class an overhaul for 2024. Tweaks to design, cabin tech, powertrains and chassis hardware are said to make the model more capable, refined and efficient than ever, but without detracting from the G-class’s charming character.

While the new G500 swaps eight cylinders for six, the AMG-developed G63 has kept its V8.

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As before, Affalterbach’s 4.0-litre M177 twin-turbocharged V8 produces 430kW and 850Nm, but thanks to new 48V electrical architecture, a mild-hybrid system provides an additional 15kW and 200Nm. Not only does this electrification improve power delivery, it’s also said to reduce fuel consumption – something current G63 owners should appreciate.

Power is sent to all four wheels through the same nine-speed automatic transmission as before, but despite a 2640kg kerb weight and brick-like aerodynamics, the updated G63’s 0-100km/h comes in at a claimed 4.3 seconds – two tenths quicker than before.

Top speed is unchanged at 240km/h with the optional AMG Performance Package.

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The G63’s chassis is where the most significant changes lie, with Mercedes swapping mechanical torsion bars for active hydraulic units as part of the new AMG Active Ride Control system. Hydraulically-linked adaptive shock absorbers are also new for 2024, improving comfort, off-road ability and handling.

While most G63s will spend their time closer to Toorak than the Himalayas, AMG has added numerous features to make it more capable on tough terrain than ever. Opt for AMG Offroad Package PRO and AMG Active Ride Control and you’ll get access to AMG Traction PRO, boosting traction in ‘Rock’ and ‘Sand’ modes using clever wheel-selective braking and torque management.

AMG Active Balance Control will also come equipped, aiming to improve ground contact (and therefore traction) with varying levels of damper stiffness via three driving modes: Trail, Rock and Sand.

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The G-Class’s styling stays true to the 1979 original, with its distinctive boxy look almost identical to the pre-facelift model.

Look closely though, and you’ll spot subtle aero additions around the A-pillars and above the windscreen, designed to reduce cabin noise and improve efficiency.

The front bumper gets a mild update with vertical slats in the intakes, with an optional exterior carbon-fibre package adding black badging, trim, tinted headlights and indicators, along with various carbon-fibre parts throughout. For 2024, there are also six new wheel designs, from 20- to 22-inches.

aria-label="Mercedes AMG G63 2024 new images 6"The cabin brings the G63 in-line with the rest of the Mercedes-Benz line-up, with dual 12.3-inch displays running the latest MBUX infotainment system and AMG’s Performance steering wheel fitted as standard.

As in the standard G-Class, the AMG model gets temperature controlled cup holders, wireless phone charging, heated armrests and a new rear entertainment system.

There’s also a new ‘Transparent bonnet’ mode for off-roading, providing the driver with a virtual view under the front of the vehicle when the terrain gets tricky.

Improved insulation material is also new for 2024, while those iconic door handles gain a keyless unlock function for the first time.

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Other G-Class options

In addition to the AMG range-topper, other right-hand-drive markets will likely receive the six-cylinder 270kW/750Nm G450d diesel and 330kW/560Nm G500 petrol models, with both models featuring that same 15kW/200Nm mild-hybrid electric boost feature.

MORE: 2025 Mercedes-Benz G-Class announcement

Go electric instead?

For those who feel the V8 might be past its time, an all-electric EQG will join the line-up in the coming months.

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When will the 2025 G63 come to Australia?

The refreshed G63, along with the wider 2025 G-Class range, will reach Australia in the fourth quarter of 2024.

How much will the 2025 G63 cost?

Pricing details are still under wraps, but based on the current G63’s $365,000 price tag expect to pay over $380,000 for the updated model.

Sam Jenkins & Auto Daily

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