The last model in the new G-Class to be announced is the G65 AMG - the most powerful and the most expensive model in the line-up. The new G65 AMG features an AMG 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine that delivers an impressive 612 HP, but is also one of the most expensive models currently available on the market. It is priced at 264,180 euro, or about $346,000 at the current exchange rates.
The new Mercedes G65 AMG will be distinguished by its high-gloss chrome radiator grille and new set of 20"AMG five-spoke light alloy wheels painted in titanium grey with a high-sheen finish. On the interior, Mercedes added designo leather exclusive upholstery and a leather instrument panel trim. A unique feature is the distinctive V12 diamond design of the seats and the numerous V12 badges.
UPDATE 04/19/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and images of the Mercedes G65 AMG.
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Exterior and Interior
Compared to the other G-Class AMG model - the G63 AMG - the new G65 AMG will be distinguished by a high-gloss chrome radiator grille and a new set of 20" 9.5 x 20 AMG five-spoke light alloy wheels, painted titanium grey with high-sheen finish and wrapped in 275/50 R 20 tires. Other features on the exterior include a V12 BITURBO logo on the mudguards.
The interior will also be a bit different when compared to the G63 AMG. It received a designo leather exclusive upholstery and leather instrument panel trim, as well as an exclusive AMG V12 BITURBO animation. The seats will feature a distinctively V12 diamond design and an AMG medallion on the headrests. The same distinctive upholstery will be used on the door central panels and will be combined with a black piano lacquer designo trim and designo foot mats with a V12 badge.
Customers who want even more will be able to opt for an AMG Performance Studio package that includes AMG light alloy wheels, painted matte black with high-sheen rim flanges.
The Mercedes G65 AMG is powered by one of the most powerful engines ever featured for a Mercedes model: an AMG 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine that delivers a total of 612 HP and a peak torque of 737 lbs-ft. These numbers transform the G65 AMG into the most powerful production off-road vehicle.
The V12 engine is mated to an AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G‑TRONIC automatic transmission system. This combination sprints the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds, while top speed is limited to 142 mph.
This impressive V12 biturbo engine features new exhaust turbochargers with increased spiral cross-section, flow-optimized wastegate channels, multi-spark ignition with twelve double-ignition coils, and a higher-power engine control unit.
The new Mercedes G65 AMG is priced at 264,180 euro, or about $346,000 at the current exchange rates. Sales will begin in June 2012.
With such a high price, it’s pretty difficult to find a real competitor for the new G65 AMG. One of the most powerful and most expensive SUVs on the market is the Porsche Cayenne Turbo . It delivers a total output of 500 HP - 112 HP less than the G65 AMG - but it is only priced at $104,800. It also has the advantage of delivering better performance numbers: 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 172 mph.
- Powerful look
- Impressive interior features
- Very powerful
- Very expensive
- We can easily find more impressive SUVs out there