FIRST DRIVE: Mercedes-AMG G63 – RM1.46 million

Old school is cool, and the more things change, the more people want them to stay the same. As our man Hafriz Shah points out, Mercedes-Benz tried to direct the attention of SUV fans towards more modern fare such as the GL and the Ener-G-Force concept, but it was the boxy, rough-and-ready look that the Gelandewagen diehards wanted.

And so the second-generation G-Class was presented to the world, along with the now-requisite AMG version here. This is a body-on-frame SUV that packs near-supercar engine outputs, and certainly is at least their equal in the attention-grabbing stakes, helped in no small part by its two-metre girth and stature.

Certainly from an Affalterbach-touched product, the G63 has the performance to match its brand, clocking the century sprint in 4.5 seconds; more than impressive for a 2.5 tonne ladder-frame SUV. Give it a good helping of throttle, and the G63 looks like it’s about to launch into a gallop.

It isn’t without its quirks, a by-product of adapting modern-day needs and desires to a structure that bears more than just a passing nod to the past. It does, however, deliver charm by the truckload, and its appeal goes well beyond logic. Watch the video here, for the full low-down on the G63.

GALLERY: Mercedes-AMG G63 in Malaysia

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Mick Chan

Open roads and closed circuits hold great allure for Mick Chan. Driving heaven to him is exercising a playful chassis on twisty paths; prizes ergonomics and involvement over gadgetry. Spent three years at a motoring newspaper and short stint with a magazine prior to joining this website.



  • Tbh. Most if not all wont afford this ladder-frame G-Class SUV, but rather the ladder-frame Perodua Aruz here.

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    • Ghazali on Mar 16, 2019 at 2:28 pm

      This car is just a show piece to Balik kampung during Raya and to show off to relatives. That’s all!

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    • Veyron Owner on Mar 16, 2019 at 4:33 pm

      G wagen isn’t for the peasants. Leave that to us.

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  • Rm700k more than in uk but our currency is 5x less

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  • Kokoot on Mar 17, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    wrangler JK will costs 350k maximum and still doing much better off road than this toad.

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  • lihwoei on Mar 18, 2019 at 8:55 am

    Old school? are you kidding me? Royal family old school will be much better.

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