G63 AMG: Super Sports Utility – /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS

G63 AMG: Super Sports Utility – /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS


[MUSIC PLAYING] [CAR STARTS] You know what a G-Wagen
is, right? Well if you don’t, I’ll give
you a bit of history. 1972, Mercedes develops a
military vehicle to sell to the German forces. It’s called the Gelandewagen– hence, G-Wagen. In 1979 they start selling it to
the public, so they can buy a brutish piece of military kit,
which is tougher than a Jeep and tougher than
a Land Rover. That car has carried on being
sold since that point. And the outline structure of the
car– the way it looks– has barely changed at all. Those cars had around
120 horsepower with the petrol version. The diesels had less
than that. The car I’m driving at the
moment has 544 horsepower. It’s called the new G63 AMG, and
it is completely batshit. In fact, it’s hard to think of
the G63 as anything other than a collection of numbers. It has the new biturbo V8 that
you see in the E63, the CLS63, and recently the SL63. The engine is rated
it 544 horsepower. It has 560 foot pounds
of torque. It weighs 2,550 kilograms. It has acclaimed naught to
62 time of 5.4 seconds. And it’s limited to 131 miles
an hour, flat out. It is quite possibly the most
pointless car on sale today. But who needs cars
with a point? Now, the G-Wagen is not an ML
rival or anything like that. This is a proper ladder chassis
with a body on it and a load of power. Quite how Mercedes manages to
make these things even go around corners, I do not know. They’re not civilized, though,
and they don’t go around that quickly. So here we are, in
the Swabian Alps. A little bit of space. What’s it like to drive an
off-roader with a separate body and chassis that’s
got 544 horsepower? It’s quite a lot of
fun, actually. Jesus Christ. I’ve got a seven-speed
automatic gearbox– not the sort of wet clutch
thing you get in the E63. It absolutely fires
out of hair pins. It has the most intrusive
ESP system in the world. The steering has no
feel whatsoever. And the 275 section Yokohamas
feel like they’re about a 125/90 when you turn
into a corner. This is not about driving
for enjoyment’s sake. This is about an experience. But if you want to just squirt
from 0 to 120 miles an hour and have everyone else just drop
their jaw at you, I’m not sure there’s a better car
on the road is there? This car has an absolutely
unique ability to transmit every single ripple of bump
all the way through those plump tires, the springs, the
dampers, the floor, the seat, right to your bottom. But anyone who approaches the
G63 AMG in an objective fashion is a complete berk. We’ve driven in some lovely,
wind-y roads in this Swabian hills. Long enough to confirm that
it’s not much use at going around corners, that it’s very
fast between corners, but now and again you wonder if it’s
going to be able to stop. It always does stop,
I’ll give it that. And that it’s actually
not much fun to drive on twisty roads. But we knew that already. If you had a G63 AMG for half
a day, and you were in southern Germany, what
would do with it? You’d do the same as me. You’d go on to the autobahn, and
try an bait things between 40 and 130 miles an hour. So let’s go find us some
Porsches to irritate. I suppose before we do go fast,
we should assess the aerodynamic capabilities
of the G-Wagen. Let’s have a think. First of all, panel gaps. Well, they’re not so much
panel gaps as sort of crevasses, aren’t they? Or great big crevices,
you might call them. They’re enormous. You can put your whole
hand in some of them. So at speed, with its upright
wind screen, great big bluff, square nose, and those great big
gaps, this must be one of the least aerodynamic
cars on sale. It’s got this lovely,
surging torque. You just brush the throttle. The car just strokes
along a bit faster. So it’s quite relax. Steering is the issue for me. Forget the aerodynamics. It’s got, obviously, quite a big
old steering system in it. I mean, even at 90 you can do
that to it, and it doesn’t even change direction. So the subtleties of getting
it trimmed a bit through a faster corner on the autobahn
would mean that you’d need quite big spuds to drive this
thing really fast, I think. So we’re pulling
out onto the– I’m not going to tell you,
because I don’t know, and because it’s not
going to help. The aim of this is to latch on
to a few fast-moving cars and see whether something with the
aerodynamics of a small town can actually live with fast,
autobahn traffic. We’re now doing 90 miles
an hour, already. Quite busy today. Hopefully that’s going to help
us, because that means we can squirt between 80 and 120 miles
an hour as quick as everything else. To me, this doesn’t feel far off
a really fast, saloon or estate car. So sort of Audi S4-style
speed. Not bad when you weigh
2.55 tons. I suppose what’s going to be
more difficult is the sudden braking, because people do drive
quite close to you on the autobahn, and you’ve got
to cover the brake a bit. Anyhow, surely, in terms of
getting stuff out of the way, this is going to
be a bit handy. There. That’s 115, 120 straight away. I just gets up there
so quickly. We keep going. 190, 200. Just straight into that
limiter there. 130 miles an hour, bang. It just sits there. Amazing stuff. Of course you’ve got that right
old load of wind noise. They’ve made the windows a bit
smaller on this new version, and you do notice
less wind noise. Probably upped the speed from
about 129 to 130, as well. Anyhow. That’s the end of the
de-restrict here for a minute. We cruised along at
130 quite happily. That’s a mighty bit of kick. So here’s the point
of conjecture. How fast would it go if you
took the limiter off it? Well, the G65 is
limited to 230. So let’s say about 140
miles an hour. Little bit over. 141, 142. So what would this thing do? Feels to me like it would do an
honest 160 miles an hour. Maybe more. That’s just sick. And I think the limiting
factor is the tire. So someone at Yokohama, can you
please make a tire that will allow the G-Wagen to show
us what it’s capable of doing? I still don’t quite know what
to make of this car, because you can’t take it seriously. It’s just preposterous,
preposterous.

100 Replies to “G63 AMG: Super Sports Utility – /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS”

  1. this is the incarnation of the fight between the devil on my left shoulder which says "it's so fckin badass, look at it, and it got sooo much power and manlyness" while the angel on the left just says "this is the most pointless vehicle of all time, it costs a shitload of money and does nothing properly, better buy an SUV AND a proper sports car with that 130 grand"

  2. I'm a big fan of SUV"s.. Most people like sports cars, sedans, coupes, luxury cars.. I'm straight for the SUV/LuxurySUV/Super SUV's..

    I appreciate this video. G63 AMG is one of my favs.. love the G wagons

  3. He wants tyres which allow it to reach 160 mph. As someone who owns the old G55, I cannot even begin to tell you how terrifying that sounds.

  4. Seeing a top-heavy, non-aerodynamic SUV speeding around a hairpin turn looks awkward. I love and want a G-Wagen but all this extra HP seems like waste and overkill.

  5. Having driven plenty of them (I work at a MB dealer), I can safely say they are the most stupid, most uncomfortable and most pointless cars in the world, and yet there is a small part of me that says "Yes, I will happily pay over $250,000 AUD for this heap of shit".

  6. Chris Harris is miles better at hosting this show than Matt Farrah. I can't even watch these video's when Matt's hosting because the way he delivers a point, in EVERY video that he's in, just seems ignorant and immature. It's a lot easier and more enjoyable to watch this show when Chris is doing the reviews. Matt Farrah should have never been hired for the show, or as an automotive journalist in general. They should have at least realized this two years ago when he reviewed a FAKE (replica) Ferrari 250 GTO and tried to tell everyone it was real. He outright LIED about seeing the engine and insisted it was a Ferrari V12 when it was really a Datsun inline 6. I think Matt ranks among the worst automotive journalists in the world, right there with, Rutledge Wood.

  7. You just love the Gwagon, don't you ? It's just on of those cars, like most AMGs lots of faults with them but if you like them, you caouldn't help but end up loving them. Proud owner of a W204 C 220 and hopefully sometime soon an AMG 🙂

  8. This is the kind of car you drive if you are trying to compensate for having a tiny penis.
    It's such a desperately obvious attempt to be butch and intimidating it just smacks of overcompensation.

  9. Why do I feel like that it is the same place where Steve McQueen crashes a German bike in 'The Great Escape". 0:35

  10. love the G Class and would like to own one, one day, as would be good for My disabled ass, make it easier to get in and out of it.

  11. Dude seriously?! You have a Gelandewagen and you just stay on the highway? No wonder you're pissed off. Plus you were in Bavaria, you couldn't find any offroad? Unless you needed to vent or you're not getting laid lately. This car was made to go pretty much thru anything, it's not meant to get you thrilled around the corners but on impossible hills, stickiest mud and deepest snow. If you get a toy then know what its use is. I do however enjoy your videos overall, especially when you drive an 1988 BMW M5, or a 1972 Lamborghini.

  12. Ah the G-Wagon, a favorite of American rappers, African Warlords, and the rich and stupid everywhere. I hear the top of the line G65 AMG kills trees just being within a kilometer of them.

  13. Question: Does the G63 come with massage seats as an option? I know that it comes with Designo leather interior with heated and coolant seats. The one I am looking at is priced at $157,000.00. Thank you, Ron

  14. HELLO CHRIS, YOU ARE A GREAT BREATH OF FRESH AIR ON TOP GEAR…. AND LOVE YOUR CAR REVIEW'S ON YOUTUBE…. I LIKE YOUR NON POLITICAL APPROACH TO YOUR CAR TESTING AND I WISH YOU THE VERY BEST IN YOUR COURIER…….

  15. I think the G Wagon is a beautiful car but when it comes to actually sitting in one in person it is absolutely horrid. There is hardly any room in the car. Every passenger in that car is cramped wether you are in the front or back. And i'm not even that tall I'm about 5'8" (172cm) and I felt as if I was sitting inside of my old 2014 Buick Encore. If there are any G Wagon owners here, what would you compare the steering to? I test drove a GLE and fell in love with it but ended up getting an RX350 because I couldn't afford it at the time. I really want a G550 soon!

  16. Yes it’s shape like a giant brick…Yes it’s design hasn’t changed in 40+ years…Yes it’s completely uneconomical…WHO CARES?!?! I love it, I have always loved it and I always will! G WAGON 4 LIFE!!!

  17. Can't decide if you run out of windscreen fluid or just wanted to ironically show people what they would have to live with everyday 😀

  18. Everyone who wants this car has never been in it… Once you get in and see how uncomfortable it is, you will run from it…..

  19. Its definitely NOT preposterous. It holds a ton of kit. It can go anywhere you have the spuds to attempt to go. Its nice and narrow for dodging around town. Its got the grunt to make a Porsche think twice, it sounds awesome, the seats are divine. Its not preposterous, its wonderful!

  20. this is bonkers how do u expect an offroading car to be quick around corners, who ever said all cars should drive like sports cars to be good cars are pple dump or its only me

  21. i dont understand why people use these as road warriors. It comes with lockers for a reason. a 3 inch lift and 33s you've got a off road beast that will go anywhere. These are made to be used. Seems like they only use they get is dilly dicking around beverly hills with the driver sipping lattes

  22. Chris, trust me, you do not want viewers who do not know what G-wagon is 😉 So it is ok to skip on this history part 😉

  23. Fukn stop trying to go sideways and fly in every single car.
    Show us the interior. The leather. The back seats. The family part of it for if you’re traveling. Who gives a shit if you’re on the autobahn wanting to reach top speed. It’s not made for that.
    Fukn chris Harris is starting to do my head in

  24. This truly is an exercise in absurdity. A tall box which goes well in a straight line. Noisy, unrefined, heavy. Take my money already.

  25. Anything that “irritates Porsches” is fine by me. The fact it appears to be a fitted wardrobe, well that’s just the icing on the Kuchen!

  26. I have always ask the same question when I see people driving these things. What the fuck for. WHY. Is this what you need to buy to show the world you have money to burn?

  27. “Let’s evaluate the aerodynamic efficiency of the G wagon”… what aerodynamic efficiency? Either way it’s still a cool looking car and a very capable off-roader.

  28. I understand why a racing driver would not be taken with it, but in practical terms it is perhaps the most useful vehicle he has ever reviewed. 365 days a year it will get the groceries, pick up the kids, tow the boat or the camper and have the power to do it. NONE of those can be accomplished with a McLaren. So which one is actually useless? Don't get me wrong. I love love love fast cars, but a daily driver has to have the room in it to be useful.

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