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THE 2023 G63 AMG G-GOLD MERCEDES-BENZ FROM ROLFHATGE DESIGN IN DETAILS

I’m still not sure it’s necessary for the G63 to be this fast. 0-62mph in 4.5secs is bonkers, but there’s now less disparity between the acceleration, handling and brakes. The advantage still lies with the engine, and it’s hard to resist its charms, either the hoof-in-the-back acceleration or the accompanying V8 rumble and roar from the side exit pipes. It is ballistically fast in a way something that weighs 2,485kg probably shouldn’t be. At least the brakes do what they’re supposed to now. That’s new, too.

Oddly for what is Mercedes’ least sporting car, it’s become synonymous with AMG – 577bhp G63 AMGs complete with twin side-exit exhausts seem to outnumber black cabs in the English capital. But there is another way to G-Wagen, and it’s the sensible G400d. The bumpers are – believe it or not – softer-looking and more rounded than the square-jawed ’63. Wheels are more modest because they don’t have to contain family pizza-sized brakes.

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