Text: Dean Ang / Photos: Mercedes-Benz Press | posted March 18, 2013 16:05
Sits on top of a special chassis, portal axles, five differential locks, and six wheel
Mercedes-Benz has officially revealed its latest vision of its off-roader through the G 63 AMG 6x6 show vehicle. With its robustness adapted from the commercial and military G-Class models, Mercedes-Benz claims this one to be a 'cultured off-roader' that offers a refined and modern interior together with an array of off-roading improvements.
So what's with the G63 AMG 6x6 aside from its rugged all-terrain macho looks? With six wheels and portal axles, it's probably the company's best bet in making a mini version of their Unimog. This three-axle pickup truck is powered by a 544hp twin turbo AMG V8 engine that produces 760Nm of torque that's mated to a seven-speed Speedshift Plus automatic gearbox to drive all six-wheels.
Power figures aside, its body sits on a modified version of the chassis found on production G class models to accommodate helical springs and rally-proven gas-pressure shock absorbers. Its six driven wheels is equipped with a total of five electronically controlled differential locks for all of it to maintain proper traction under every topography that this truck might get into.
One of its technical highlights is its application of the portal axles that allows it to have a higher ground clearance of 460mm which makes it possible for the truck to ford through water as deep as 1000mm. A tire-pressure control system allows the driver to adjust air pressure in its 37-inch tires for different needs.
Although it was designed to be an all-terrain vehicle, it doesn't sacrifice comfort and luxury that's expected from every Mercedes-Benz vehicle. The G 63 AMG 6x6 has an interior that can rival an S-class and welcomes its occupants on board with four heated and ventilated leather seats in contrasting stitching and diamond-pattern quilting. Other visual highlights can be seen outside with its carbon-fiber wheel arches and roof mounted LED light strips. Its cargo area meanwhile features a bamboo lined surface.
Only two of this 6x6 vehicle exists as of the moment and was developed by Mercedes-Benz to gauge whether or not it will enter the company's small-series production line.