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Cool Car Find: 2017 Mercedes-Benz G-Class G63 AMG 6×6

At turns sophisticated and rugged, refined and outrageous, this G-Wagon 6×6 is ready to turn heads and climb mountains.

When More is More

2017 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 - carsforsale.com
2017 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 - carsforsale.com

How to you take the already flashy and posh Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon and make it even more exclusive and desirable? Easy, you add two more wheels. This month’s Cool Car Find is a 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG G63 6×6. It’s that last bit on an already long name that makes it something special. The G-Wagon 6X6 is desert sheik chic and equally at home in the Hollywood hills as it is blasting over sand dunes and making easy work of treacherous alpine obstacles.

The 6×6 version of the G-Wagon began as a military build for the Australian Army dating to 2007. Naturally, Mercedes figured they could take the initial design and make a few bucks tooling up the world’s most luxurious off-roader. Produced from 2013 through 2015, just around 100 were built, making them exceptionally rare and therefore expensive. Our Cool Car Find has a separate history, which we’ll expand on below. But first, we need to discuss just how crazy this outlandish G-Wagon 6×6 really is.

Big, Silly Numbers

There are a few things about the G-Wagon 6×6 that won’t surprise you. Take the 5.5L twin-turbo V8 making 544 horsepower and 560 lb.-ft. of torque. Makes sense, this is an AMG after all. The interior is also extremely well appointed with luxury touches that include quilted leather upholstery, a starry headliner, and wood paneling. Just premium as any Mercedes out there.

Things shift from the expected to the extraordinary once we turn our attention to the off-road attributes and capabilities of the G-Wagon 6×6. First, those three axles are in fact portal axles which further enhance the already prodigious height of the 6×6 to a mammoth 93-inches tall with nearly 20-inches of ground clearance (almost double that of a Jeep Wrangler). Power is split 30x40x30 and there are total of five locking differentials.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 - carsforsale.com
2017 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 - carsforsale.com

The G-Wagon 6×6’s most notable feature has to do with its 37-inch tires. Since you’ll likely be off-roading your 6×6, Mercedes made sure that deflating and airing up your tires was as easy as possible. For this they installed an in-tire deflation/inflation system allowing you to let air out and pump air back in at the push of a button. In fact, Mercedes calls the 20-seconds it takes to re-inflate the tires a “world-record” speed.

That AMG V8 provides decent power to the G-Wagon 6×6, but at 9,000-lbs., there’s a lot of truck to move. This leaves the G-Wagon 6×6 with a 0-60 run of 7.8 seconds and a 40-gallon fuel tank is necessitated by what is undoubtedly rock-bottom fuel economy.

A Conversion Worth the Money

2017 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 - carsforsale.com
2017 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6x6 - carsforsale.com

As we noted above, this particular G-Wagon 6×6 wasn’t part of the original 100 produced between 2013 and 2015. This 2017 model, like many G-Wagon 6x6s you’ll find for sale, is a conversion which began its life as a “regular” AMG G63. This conversion was done by the experts in Graz, Austria, where the original G-Wagon 6×6 was built, using all OEM parts.

Unlike many major automotive conversions, which tend to not be worth the money spent on them, giving an AMG G63 the 6×6 treatment greatly increases its aftermarket value. For example, this G-Wagon started out with a retail price of $153,275. Not chump change. But, following its conversion to a 6×6, this same G-Wagon was listed for $308,000 and then later $350,000. With the collectable car market on fire as of late, this G-Wagon 6×6 is listed today for an eye-watering $774,995. So, I guess if you have a spare AMG G63 laying around, consider getting it converted.

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Chris Kaiser

With two decades of writing experience and five years of creating advertising materials for car dealerships across the U.S., Chris Kaiser explores and documents the car world’s latest innovations, unique subcultures, and era-defining classics. Armed with a Master's Degree in English from the University of South Dakota, Chris left an academic career to return to writing full-time. He is passionate about covering all aspects of the continuing evolution of personal transportation, but he specializes in automotive history, industry news, and car buying advice.

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