It’s fast (and expensive), but there’s another price to pay.
It will do 0-60 in 4.5 seconds, and it has a whopping 577 horsepower. It’s big, it’s blingy, and its price tag starts at $147,500 before destination and options. The 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 definitely has some performance credentials, but there’s a price to pay when it comes down to off-road ability. Or is there? In this episode of “No, You’re Wrong!”, Roman and Tommy Mica argue the merits of buying the G63 against the standard, less expensive G550.
Let’s start with the features on this specific Mercedes-AMG G63. While the model comes standard with 20-inch, 5-spoke AMG wheels, here we have massive 22-inch forged cross-spoke units. Add to that the $3,950 price tag for the wheels alone, and that spells out expensive damage when you take it off-road. Then, there are the AMG side pipes, which hang down and can get caught up on rocks, causing yet more damage. Finally, there’s unfortunate the bull bar on the AMG63. Sure, it may prove useful at pushing brush out of the way, but it hangs down way too far, totally compromising the approach angle for this big, boxy SUV.
On the other hand, if you do have upward of $180,000 to spend on this 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 (what this one costs), you can change out that bull bar for the G550 unit instead. At least then, it will look more like the bushwhacking off-roader the older ones were. Wheels and tires are straightforward to change, and you have the opportunity to fit wheels more appropriate for the task than those massive, flashy 22’s. Trouble is, the massive AMG brake rotors and calipers will make it more difficult to fit smaller wheels and fatter tires to the G63.
Getting a standard G550 instead
The standard 2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 still costs an eye-water $124,500, but gets around some of the AMG’s off-roading issues. You still get a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, albeit this time with just 416 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque. You get 19-inch wheels as standard instead of the massive 22-inch units. Finally, you can get a different bull bar and the exhaust pipes are tucked underneath the body, where they won’t be damaged by rocks.
Still, you are spending six figures on a big, boxy luxury SUV. Nevertheless, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class has always been a capable off-roader. Not least of which, it’s tremendously capable thanks to front, center and rear locking differentials.
Which would you choose: G550 or AMG G63? Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned to TFLoffroad.com for more news, views and real-world reviews.