- The side exhausts were shiny silver-colored and provided a race-car look that's not expected on an SUV.
- The big, 5.5-liter, double overhead cam, biturbo V-8 bristled with power and came to life quickly.
--The 25.4-gallon gasoline tank didn't take long to empty, however, and premium is required.
There is a 5.3-gallon reserve tank as well.
The seven-speed tranny shifted smoothly in leisurely travel. Upshifts were noticeable during aggressive driving, and the driver can select sport mode, manual without a clutch pedal or eco, which automatically shut down the engine at stoplights to save fuel.
With 20-inch wheels and wide tires, the test G63 AMG transmitted vibrations and impacts sizable potholes to the passenger compartment.
The G-Class is, after all, a capable and durable off-roader, with a healthy amount of ground clearance, three differential locks and a low range transfer case for rugged terrain.
Four-wheel drive is always engaged.
A couple items surprised, though. The rearview camera did not include graphic lines on the display screen showing where the vehicle was being steered. And the driver's window did not have automatic power up capability. ]]>