In a world full of every type of SUV imaginable, one vehicle still reigns supreme over the rest of them. Mercedes practically invented the robust off-roader segment decades ago, when they launched the first G-Class wagon back in 1979. Although the G-Class has received a ton of changes over the years, its design is still fundamentally the same. Mercedes has upped the SUV’s build quality thoroughly in the last couple of years, but the traits of the classic G-Class remain.
Visually, there’s nothing like a G-Class in the world. Most modern SUVs are full of smooth edges and contemporary lines, but not the G-Class. It’s as bulky and brick-like shape as the day Mercedes introduced it. And that’s part of its appeal. It doesn’t conform to any predefined rules. It doesn’t follow the latest trends, but instead it sets them. The G-Class is as wild looking as they come. It doesn’t exactly blend in an urban environment, but that’s its charm and appeal. It looks robust because it is robust. It’s one of the few, if not only vehicle which has kept its design for almost 40 years. If that’s not cool, then nothing else is.
Inside, the latest G63 AMG is a big step-up from the spartan interiors the very first G-Class wagons came with. Initially built to be simple and minimalistic, the current car is loaded with technology but it still doesn’t lose its core values. You have the latest smartphone integration and multi-zone climate control, but the design hasn’t aged at all. The seating position is high, you look through this almost flat windshield, and there’s ample amount of cabin space. It feels as though you’re sitting in the most luxurious box on wheels, and we mean that in the best way possible. Nothing can match the experience a G-Class offers. Until you’ve driven one, you won’t know what it’s like. It really is that unique and special.
Although you can get the G-Class with a diesel V6, if you want the full G-Wagon experience, you want the G63 AMG. Equipped with the massive 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8 under the hood, it produces an almighty 544 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque. It may be big and heavy, but it really starts to move when you get on the accelerator. Off the line it can genuinely keep up with most sports cars. Actually scratch that, it can beat out most sports cars in a short sprint. The four-wheel drive system coupled with the mountain of torque means it can surprise you in terms of acceleration. Naturally, aerodynamics play a big role once you get up to speed, but the way it gets there is really impressive.
Plus, because it’s a G-Class, you can keep going when the road stops existing. Mud, sand, rocks… you name it, the G-Class can conquer it. There’s a reason people call it the most capable luxury off-roader of all time. Want to drive one and experience for yourself? I Ride Like a Star offer a G63 AMG for rent. Book your drive today.
Author: Stefan Petrov