[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.

G63 AMG: Super Sports Utility – /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
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100 thoughts on “G63 AMG: Super Sports Utility – /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS

  • September 25, 2015 at 7:17 pm
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    Very nice, but i would still take a Range Rover

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  • October 30, 2015 at 5:54 pm
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    5:03 insect graveyard after 5 minutes on the autobahn makes the car look more authentic.

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  • November 7, 2015 at 4:56 am
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    Will Chris drive this SUV to draft??????LOL

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  • November 25, 2015 at 4:47 am
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    That is a serious piece of machinery.

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  • November 25, 2015 at 11:45 am
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    "The aerodynamics of a small town" Lol

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  • November 25, 2015 at 3:20 pm
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    "….so let's go find some Porsche's to irritate"sploosh. If you didn't fall in love then I can't help you.

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  • December 14, 2015 at 5:13 pm
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    I work for BMW and I want this so badly

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  • December 16, 2015 at 9:26 am
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    What an ugly car

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  • December 20, 2015 at 6:59 am
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    dying to hear how he feels about the NSX…. and to hoon it as always

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  • December 28, 2015 at 6:19 pm
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    0:01 I thought he would pull a drift in a SUV

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  • January 13, 2016 at 12:57 am
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    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"

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  • January 18, 2016 at 7:20 am
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    Now you need EDM music for this car like DJ ROSSI MOSSI 🙂

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  • January 20, 2016 at 7:56 pm
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    very exciting

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  • February 2, 2016 at 5:30 am
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    but not as tough as a land cruiser 😉

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  • February 4, 2016 at 7:19 pm
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    The G55 sounded so much better.

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  • February 9, 2016 at 6:55 pm
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    if you prefer this over a range rover or a porsche cayenne, I dont know what to say. Ugliest suv on the market

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  • February 15, 2016 at 4:00 am
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    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

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  • February 18, 2016 at 5:44 pm
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    go offroad.

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  • February 21, 2016 at 5:43 pm
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    Tthe G63 amg and Arnold are made in Graz/Austria.

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  • March 22, 2016 at 2:20 pm
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    It would be a breathtaking moment if I start up that….

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  • April 2, 2016 at 8:35 pm
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    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.

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  • April 21, 2016 at 1:07 am
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    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.

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  • April 22, 2016 at 10:30 am
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    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".

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  • April 24, 2016 at 4:40 pm
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    chris looks so young in this lol

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  • April 24, 2016 at 8:16 pm
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    i luv it

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  • April 25, 2016 at 10:17 pm
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    7:30 audi go home, you are drunk

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  • April 26, 2016 at 5:08 am
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    Another overpriced not so special German car.

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  • May 5, 2016 at 4:25 pm
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    i kept waiting for it to roll in one of those corners

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  • May 8, 2016 at 4:41 pm
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    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.

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  • May 10, 2016 at 12:11 pm
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    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 🙂

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  • June 1, 2016 at 8:42 pm
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    Would like to see what it's like off road. I know it's road biased but why not.

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  • June 27, 2016 at 10:33 pm
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    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.

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  • June 29, 2016 at 11:17 am
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    maybe testing it off road..
    the reason this car was and is designed for..

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  • July 24, 2016 at 12:09 pm
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    Why do I feel like that it is the same place where Steve McQueen crashes a German bike in 'The Great Escape". 0:35

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  • September 9, 2016 at 7:11 pm
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    loooove German cars.This car is marvelous.i wish i had such a car.

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  • December 6, 2016 at 10:40 pm
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    why we cant see real crash test videous about G class ? what mersedes hide from as meybe its not quelty car!?

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  • December 12, 2016 at 5:50 pm
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    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.

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  • December 31, 2016 at 5:21 pm
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    Beverly Hills grocery getter

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  • January 6, 2017 at 5:03 am
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    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.

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  • February 11, 2017 at 4:10 pm
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    Love the look of this thing but don't see why anyone would buy it over a new Range Rover

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  • February 22, 2017 at 6:22 am
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    2000 ml55 amg are capable of doing 155 mph..effortlessly.

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  • February 23, 2017 at 6:53 pm
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    in would rather have the brabus moded 4×4^2 🙂

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  • March 23, 2017 at 2:18 pm
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    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.

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  • May 6, 2017 at 12:13 pm
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    preposterous…..is right, I rather drive an electric vehicle.

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  • May 6, 2017 at 9:28 pm
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    Ridiculous review. It's an SUV with a big engine. Don't know what the reviewer was expecting

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  • May 13, 2017 at 9:22 pm
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    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

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  • May 17, 2017 at 6:52 pm
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    You were on the A 81, near Herrenberg, thats near where my grandma and an aunt of mine live.

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  • June 21, 2017 at 6:15 pm
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    King of the Road!!! Love it!

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  • August 7, 2017 at 5:20 am
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    This car is reincarnation of "Christine" 😀

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  • August 18, 2017 at 8:53 pm
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    G wagon is not useless, in armenia a lot drive them

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  • August 28, 2017 at 1:43 pm
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    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…….

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  • September 4, 2017 at 10:15 am
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    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!

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  • September 19, 2017 at 6:28 pm
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    Суперская тачка просто бомбовая 😍👍💪

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  • October 11, 2017 at 12:51 am
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    The Kardashian mobile

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  • October 19, 2017 at 9:50 am
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    what col,our is this car I love it

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  • October 20, 2017 at 9:51 am
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    Going over 80mph in my 2013 is terrifying. Seriously.

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  • November 19, 2017 at 3:30 pm
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    what color is that one?

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  • November 21, 2017 at 3:16 pm
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    Uhh… I'll take one. Don't care the color either. Lol!

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  • November 30, 2017 at 10:41 pm
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    very popular in arab oil land. like harris says a preposterous silly car for pratts.

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  • December 1, 2017 at 5:02 am
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    I have this car where i live in Cali. People look at it no matter where you go..

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  • December 7, 2017 at 12:33 am
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    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!!!

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  • December 13, 2017 at 10:13 am
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    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 😀

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  • December 17, 2017 at 6:09 pm
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    Five years later, chris harris still rocks

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  • December 27, 2017 at 12:12 pm
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    The G-class is separate from all other classes. And indeed its more usefull then a Porsche.

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  • January 1, 2018 at 2:30 am
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    love g

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  • January 12, 2018 at 6:09 am
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    perfect paint colour..

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  • January 13, 2018 at 2:28 am
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    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…..

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  • January 14, 2018 at 6:01 pm
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    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!

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  • February 1, 2018 at 7:22 am
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    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

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  • February 7, 2018 at 3:00 am
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    Sexy colour

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  • February 12, 2018 at 1:49 pm
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    Why is having fun useless?

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  • February 14, 2018 at 7:55 pm
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    lol big spuds

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  • March 16, 2018 at 10:37 am
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    Rather buy an svr…..louder,faster……better in every way

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  • March 19, 2018 at 11:04 pm
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    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

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  • March 20, 2018 at 6:02 pm
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    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 😉

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  • April 1, 2018 at 8:52 pm
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    Does anybody know that village at 8:13? Just gorgeous

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  • May 28, 2018 at 9:50 am
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    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

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  • June 6, 2018 at 11:24 pm
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    Holy bug shit

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  • July 7, 2018 at 1:19 pm
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    This was one of the few times I really wanted to punch Chris Harris.

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  • July 16, 2018 at 10:16 am
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    This truly is an exercise in absurdity. A tall box which goes well in a straight line. Noisy, unrefined, heavy. Take my money already.

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  • August 12, 2018 at 7:28 am
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    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!

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  • October 29, 2018 at 9:27 am
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    My goal is to own this machine come 2019.

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  • November 5, 2018 at 7:14 pm
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    Can wait to test drive a G55 AMG next week (M113k) not the NA

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  • November 18, 2018 at 4:01 pm
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    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?

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  • January 2, 2019 at 11:31 am
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    Mercedes-Benz is the best car in the world .

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  • January 3, 2019 at 3:31 pm
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    Bit of smoke?

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  • February 5, 2019 at 6:43 pm
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    “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.

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  • February 11, 2019 at 9:03 pm
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    If there is an ugly car, is this one…

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  • February 15, 2019 at 7:56 pm
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    5:29 does the UK have a bug problem? That windshield if horrendous

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  • March 22, 2019 at 11:57 am
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    The car is preposterous … right up until the moment you can afford one.

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  • April 19, 2019 at 10:39 am
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    I'd rather have diarrhea than be seen driving that vulgar piece of shit

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  • April 25, 2019 at 5:07 pm
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    Awful. Pointless. Vulgar. Want one.

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  • May 7, 2019 at 1:23 pm
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    How about tougher than a Landcruiser?

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  • May 12, 2019 at 12:53 pm
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    The range rover is better

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  • May 23, 2019 at 5:04 pm
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    Rage Buggies….

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  • June 28, 2019 at 12:15 pm
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    Rumor says the wind screen is still dirty

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  • July 22, 2019 at 5:22 pm
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    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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  • August 14, 2019 at 4:30 pm
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    wasn´t it built for a persian shah to cruise around in the desert.. !?

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  • August 27, 2019 at 5:01 am
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    pointless car? Chris what do u drive?

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