AMENA Drives - 2018 Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG

The G-Wagon as we’ve known it for almost four decades is no more. It’s almost off the shelf at your local dealer and we will surely miss its unconventional familiarity and ruggedness.

It sure doesn’t feel easy saying goodbye to the venerable Geländewagen that’s been serving its customers so diligently and methodically, in true German fashion. Its served in the hand of soldiers, social workers, soccer moms, celebrities and the sheikhs.

But don’t worry, there’s a new G-Class that’s almost here.

First launched in 1972 as a military only vehicle, it is now a retro fashion symbol amongst the rich and famous and even though it’s one of the oldest production vehicles at Mercedes-Benz, it’s one of the most unaffordable for most of us.

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class, the boxy, body-on-frame, off-road behemoth that has changed little since it moved from a military vehicle to a consumer offering in 1979. The looks are pretty much the same, the underpinnings are the same, the space is almost the same and to make it even more ‘in your face’, Mercedes-Benz even had versions with V12 engines in them.

It’ll be safe for me to say that the G-Wagon, as it’s lovingly known, has no competitors out there. It sits in a league of its own. Its off-road ability rivals that of the bare bones Land Rover Defender, but it also comes with the same level of luxury as Mercedes’ most exclusive saloons. The new models that’s beginning to surface in the Middle East does have a lot more features, tech and comfort but this one is quite special in its own rights.

The G-Class’ aerodynamics might resemble those of a block of wood. However, the twin-turbocharged V8 doesn’t disappoint. Each G63 AMG version gets a 5.5 litre hand-built engine and it produces 563 horsepower and so much torque that I can give away some for free! 760Nm of torque on tap, the G65 completes the zero-to-100 km/h run in 5.3 seconds.

The legend will surely be missed, no doubt about it. I’ve been driving it for a week now and so many people, young, old, residents, tourists, etc, just can’t take their eyes off the G-Class. It’s an icon, it truly is. The new version that’s out is a different breed on its own, designed to take on the Range Rover and the likes. This one, the outgoing version, it’s designed to take on no one.

I’m assuming most owners of the current model to upgrade to the new version. That means these incredible machines will start making their way to the used car market.

Personally, I think it’s the right time for those who couldn’t even dream of owning one of these to possibly start looking for a good deal. As for me, I’m going to have withdrawal symptoms once I return this vehicle. Maybe I’ll start looking for one too…