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MERCEDES BENZ G-Klasse AMG Models/Series Timeline, Specifications & Photos

Generations: 7
First production year: 1999
Engines: Gasoline
Body style: SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle)
MERCEDES BENZ G-Class AMG 6x6 (W463) photo gallery

Mercedes-AMG introduced a limited series for the G-Class offroader in 2013 and created a 6x6 pickup built for extreme conditions.

The G-Class was initially designed as a rugged offroad vehicle. Over time, though, it became a cult car and received much-desired attention from AMG or from Brabus. But the 6x6 version was just a modification that exceeded all expectations.

When the G Class 4x4 squared was unveiled, its portal axles were praised for giving the car a higher ground clearance. Even if its owners never left the asphalt, it was still a marvelous piece of engineering. The AMG 6x6 pushed things further. It shared some of its parts with the G63 AMG and sported three portal axles. From its profile, the big G-Class featured a regular, four-door cabin, while at the back, it featured a bed. It wasn't truly meant to carry bricks, but it could do that without tearing a sweat.

Inside, AMG prepared its most expensive materials when it created the hand-crafted interior. Atop the center stack, the automaker installed an infotainment screen which could have been controlled via a rotary dial mounted on the armrest. Underneath it, AMG installed the buttons for the five locking differentials. The center console featured carbon fiber trims that surrounded the gear selector for the seven-speed automatic transmission. In the rear, the customers could opt for a bench seat or for two individual seats.

Under the hood stood the same twin-turbo 5.4-liter V8 offered for the G63 AMG. It provided enough power and torque to move the four-ton vehicle over sands or streets effortlessly.

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MERCEDES BENZ G 63 AMG (W463) photo gallery

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG was a child between a limousine and a hard-core off-road vehicle.

It had the boxy design of the '70s and a V8 that could tow a ship.

Sharing the same aerodynamic with a shoebox and with the finishes of a Russian truck, the G63 AMG was propelled by an engine that could roll the tarmac under its wheels, if it wouldn't be an all-wheel-drive vehicle. And the sound of that V8 could have been mistaken with the roar of thunder.

There is not too much to say about the G-Class styling. It just doesn't exist. Only flat pannels and flat windows. On the edge of the roof, there were the rain-gutters. All the cars had them, but they are hidden, not exposed. But then, remember, the vehicle was designed in the '70s as a military vehicle where the styling was the least important.

The round, modern, headlights were a shy try to hide the rest of the exposed bolts and nuts over its bodywork. It was just a way of showing the connection to the G-Class legacy. The car didn't have a liftgate or a tailgate. It had a door with a handle and exposed hinges. It could look like an old school refrigerator if the car was ordered in white color.

Under the hood, there was a 5.5-liter V8 bi-turbo engine that produces 544 hp. It was mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Despite the performances offered, the car still featured the three locking differentials on the center console, below the infotainment screen.

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MERCEDES BENZ G 65 AMG (W463) photo gallery

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG was the maximum mix between a hard-core off-road vehicle and a supercar. It had the boxy design of the '70s and a V12 that could move an 18 wheeler.

With the aerodynamic of a kitchen cabinet and the finishes of a WWII army truck, the G 65 AMG was a weird mix. But still, it was one of the most iconic off-road vehicles fitted with the biggest engine that could fit inside the engine bay. A place where the original G-Class had an inline-4 unit.

There is not too much to say about the G-Class styling. It just doesn't exist. Only flat pannels and flat windows. On the edge of the roof, there were the rain-gutters. All the cars had them, but they are hidden, not exposed. But then, remember, the vehicle was designed in the '70s as a military vehicle where the styling was the least important.

Despite its high price of USD 240.000, the car had exposed hinges on the doors, hood, and the rear trunk door. It was just a thing of the Mercedes-Benz to show the G-Class legacy. The car didn't have a liftgate or a tailgate. It had a door with a handle on the right and exposed hinges on the left. Like an old school refrigerator.

Under the hood, there was a 6.0-liter V12 bi-turbo engine that produces 612 hp. It was mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Despite the performances offered, the car still featured the three locking differentials on the center console, below the infotainment screen.

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MERCEDES BENZ G 55 AMG (W463) photo gallery

Almost two decades after the launch of the G-Klass’s first generation, Mercedes-Benz dared to offer a vehicle with a powerful supercharged V8 engine that wore the signature of an AMG specialist; it was the G55.

The first generation of the G-Class (or G-Wagen) was introduced in 1979 as a go-anywhere vehicle suitable for military and civilian use alike. That was known as the W460 generation in Mercedes-Benz’s nomenclature. By 1990, the automaker had already reached the third generation of its well-known truck, and it was widely recognized as a luxurious SUV. But after the horsepower war started to pick up from the mid-size sedans to the limousines and SUVs, the German automaker decided to throw a punch to competition and create a go-fast, go-anywhere capable off-road vehicle: the G55 AMG.

With its wedged shapes of the ‘70s and the styling of a utility vehicle, the G-Class was attractive thanks to its simple, rugged design. The flat front fascia showed a unique three-slat grille that supported the big three-pointed star badge in the middle and was flanked by round headlights similar to those from the 1979 model year. As an option, customers could get them protected by a mesh wire attached to the headlamps’ rectangular clusters. Still, its bumper was no longer a steel beam but a profiled element that tried to extend downward with a slope and housed the tiny round fog lamps.

From its profile, the flared wheel arches were unique for the G55 AMG version and were connected via side steps. Underneath these, in front of the rear wheels, the automaker placed twin side exhausts on each side of the vehicle. Since the exposed door hinges were already a specific design element of the car, Mercedes-Benz had no reason to conceal them. Like the rest of the W463 range, the G55 featured turn signals incorporated into the door mirror caps. Finally, at the back, the big and powerful truck featured low-mounted horizontal taillights and a plastic bumper.

Inside, the luxurious vehicle featured elements carried over from the Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W203) from 2000, with the moon-shaped speedometer inside the instrument cluster and the same steering wheel. Moreover, the center stack was similar to the one from its smaller sibling, but at least the navigation system was standard for the G-Class. Since the car was one of the most expensive in the automaker’s lineup, it came fitted as standard with a leather-wrapped interior.

Under the hood, AMG installed a hand-built 5.4-liter V8 with a supercharger on top. This setup allowed the powerplant to produce 507 PS (500 hp) that were sent in all corners via a five-speed automatic (5G-Tronic) gearbox. A two-speed transfer case was also standard. Customers also could use the three locking differentials that were specific for the entire G-Class range and made this vehicle famous around the world for its off-road capabilities. Since the car was very fast compared to most other vehicles on the road, Mercedes-Benz installed wider tires and stiffer springs and shocks.

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MERCEDES BENZ G 55 AMG (W463) photo gallery

This is, maybe, the most known performance true off-roader on the planet. To call it just an SUV would be an understatement as long as it has superior off-road capabilities. This is the Gelandewagen. The G-Class, but with a serious supercar engine on it: the 2006 G 55 AMG has a supercharged V8 unit that develops 476 hp and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque.

They say to not judge a book by its cover. The G-Class might be mistaken with a rugged but slow off-road vehicle. It is a rugged off-road vehicle, but with 5.5 seconds for a 0 to 100 kph (0-62 mph) sprint, it is anything but slow.

The transmission still features three locking differentials. All G-Class units will continue to offer center, rear, and front independently locking differentials and they must be engaged in that order when used.

Apart from the Jeep Wrangler, no other series off-road vehicle has this feature. And there is no other thoroughbred off-road vehicle that can sprint like the G 55 AMG. The closest one would be the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, but that is an SUV, not a civilian version of a military vehicle like the G-Class.

And it can do all this while the interior is still luxurious as any top-class Mercedes-Benz. Just somehow still harsh on the ride due to the solid front and rear axles.

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MERCEDES BENZ G 55 AMG (W453) photo gallery

The 2004 G55 AMG was an insane fast SUV, able to tear the tarmac and climb on really rugged off-road tracks. It was the last AMG G-Class that featured a supercharger.

The Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was one of the significant stake-holders of the Mercedes-Benz and he suggested making a civilian version of the military vehicle G-Wagen. That's how the G-Class story began in the '70s.

After 25 years since the production started, in 2004, the former Iranian monarch was dead, but the G-Class was still on the roads running strong. After the acquisition of the Chrysler Group by Daimler,

the Mercedes-Benz introduced special vehicles to the U.S. market, such as the G55 AMG Kompressor.

On the outside, there were few little details that could reveal what's underneath the brick-look bodywork. On the front, a three thick horizontal chromed fins replaced the normal G-Class grille.

The V8 Kompressor badges on the front fenders and the dual-pipes on each side of the car were specific to that model. A 5-spoke 18" light-alloy-wheels were installed as standard. Other than that, only the loud sound of the engine could tell a difference.

Inside, the leather seats with memory for both the driver and the passenger and the luxurious interior would tell the customers why did they pay over USD 110.000.

The standard gearbox was the 5G-Tronic that was able to handle the big engine torque. The all-wheel-drive system was the electronic traction system 4ETS.

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MERCEDES BENZ G 55 AMG (W463) photo gallery

The German carmaker introduced a new G-Class version in 1998 and decided to transform it into a premium off-road vehicle instead of a rugged, regular 4x4 conqueror.

Slowly, Land Rover Range Rover started to get more attention thanks to its luxurious features. Even though it wasn't that rugged 4x4 vehicle anymore, its customers appreciate it more than ever, thanks to its luxurious features. Mercedes-Benz followed the same recipe when it upgraded the former G-Class W460 to the 1998 model year. Moreover, the German carmaker offered it with an AMG engine.

From the outside, the W463 model looked smoother than before. Its round headlights sported squared, body-colored clusters around them. The bumper was wrapped around and better integrated with the rest of the front fascia and featured new, rectangular fog lights on the lower side. Even though it still looked like a box on wheels, its fenders were adorned by flared wheel arches connected to the front and rear bumpers. Mercedes-Benz offered an option for metallic side steps.

Inside, the cabin received a major update. It was as luxurious as a Mercedes-Benz S-Class, with leather upholstery and wood trims on the dashboard, door panels, and center console. As an option, the carmaker offered piano-black trims instead of wood veneers. But the dashboard still looked like a plank with switches and buttons on it. Its rounded instrument cluster featured a panel with two large dials for the speedometer and tachometer and other extra gauges and lights for various systems. The car provided room for five passengers, with a flat floor in the back.

Under the hood, AMG installed a 5.4-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 engine paired to a standard five-speed automatic transmission. Like its rugged siblings, the G55 featured three locking differentials and a two-gear transfer case.

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