It’s easy to understate the versatility of the Mercedes-Benz G-wagen, particularly in light of its many incarnations conceived over the years. Its latest iteration, the G63 AMG 6×6, has been by far the ludicrous and monstrous example of the car ever. Now, after debuting in 2013, the ultimate G-Wagen ends its limited production run.
The luxury beast takes the front drive system of the G 63 AMG and mates it with a rear twin drive system sourced from an existing, military grade 6×6 G-Wagen in use by the Australian army. Powered by an AMG biturbo 5.5-liter V8, the civilian 6×6 produces 544 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. This drives six 37-inch wheels through just about any terrain a driver can throw at it with ease.
Just because it’s packed with five differential locks, an on-the-fly adjustable tire pressure control system, and the ability to wade through a meter-deep river doesn’t mean this rough-and-tumble Merc has forgotten its sense of luxury.
Inside, the 6×6 is all upscale, swathed in designer leather with contrasting top-stitching and diamond-pattern quilting. All four seats are electronically adjustable and are heated and ventilated, keeping occupants comfortable no matter what extreme environment they might be traversing.
Despite the $430,000 asking price, Mercedes completely sold out of the roughly 100 G 63 6×6 units it developed. Mercedes probably figured there are only so many multimillion dollar doomsday preppers out there … and the limited run should have satisfied most of them.
We’re sad to see it go, but the G 63 6×6 has certainly left an indelible (tire)mark on our hearts. It will always be remembered and it’ll certainly come up often when we debate our dream cars to cross the world in. To soften our loss, we’ll at least have the V12-powered G 65 arriving on our shores this year to keep us busy.