Don’t mind the Mercedes-Benz G-Class. It’s been around in some form or another as a military-grade SUV since 1979, traversing the world as Germany’s vehicle of choice, serving as a popemobile, and acting as ambulances and relief aid vehicles when needed. Somehow, though, Mercedes-Benz isn’t done with its technical development.
The G-Class is supposedly due for yet another upgrade, as it will allegedly become the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG. What does that mean? It means that the German automaker will shove its twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12 engine into a vehicle shaped like a barn. It means that even if it weighs almost three tons, it will still have 612 horsepower and a mind-blowing 738 lb.-ft. of torque. That’s more than 100 horsepower and more than 200 lb.-ft. greater than the output from the current G55 AMG’s 5.5-liter supercharged V-8. According to the folks at Auto Evolution, who supposedly came across the information, it’ll supposedly come paired with Mercedes-Benz’s 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic, which hasn’t been used in the similarly powerful S65 AMG sedan so far because of its inability to handle the massive torque load. We’re placing bets that it will retain the tried and true five-speed auto used in the S65 AMG.
The rest of the G65 AMG makes sense, though, as Mercedes-Benz has been slowly phasing out its 5.5-liter V-8 in favor of a more efficient 4.7-liter turbocharged V-8 used in the new Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG. The top-of-the-line V-12 isn’t going anywhere, though, as it only sees limited action in a handful of sedans and custom projects from AMG every year.
Several years back when Mercedes-Benz introduced the GL-Class SUV, the goal was to eventually discontinue the thirsty G-Class hardcore off-roader in favor of its more civilized stablemate. After rappers and athletes once again brought the G-Class into the limelight, Mercedes opted against that, instead turning it into an even more exclusive high-dollar off-roader.
If Auto Evolution‘s information is to be believed, it’ll start at €222,000, or $292,500 at current exchange rates. No one said making a 6,000-pound box go fast was cheap.
Source: Auto Evolution