The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is a paradox. It’s utilitarian, rugged and boxy. But at the same time, it’s coveted by the rich, stylish and famous, and Mercedes keeps coming up with ever more luxurious and powerful variants to satisfy those buyers, the latest of which is the 2020 AMG G63.
- Epic engine
- Timeless style
- Heroic build quality
- Luxurious interior appointments
- Terrible ride
- Heinously expensive
- Awful ergonomics
This ubertractor has a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 that produces 577 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque — figures befitting a supercar — and routes that power through a chassis that, while more refined than ever, still feels better suited to guarding a Slavic border checkpoint than driving on anything resembling a twisty road. It’s all very silly and austere and purposeful. And therein lies the charm of the G-Wagen: well-dressed lunacy.
The always-lovely 4.0-liter V8 is paired with Mercedes’ nine-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive. Being a G-Class, it also has three locking differentials, should you ever decide to venture into the rough stuff. (And even then,.)
Given the tall, narrow shape of