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Battle of the Mercedes-AMG SUVs: Watch The V-12 G65 Take On The V-8 G63 On A Drag Strip

We finally get to see the V-8 AMG G63 take on the V-12 G65 in straight-line races

The Mercedes-AMG G63 is quite popular, but the G65, not so much. The automaker discontinued it in 2018, but offered 65 examples as part of the farewell ‘Final Edition’ before drawing the curtains on it. The folks at ArabGT managed to lay their hands on one of these 65 examples and pit it against the G63 Edition 1. Well, this is probably one battle that every G-Class enthusiast has always wanted. Do you think the G65, with its mighty 12-pot mill, can beat the eight-cylinder G63?

The G65 Is Powerful, But The G63 Is Quicker

Battle of the Mercedes-AMG SUVs: Watch The V-12 G65 Take On The V-8 G63 On A Drag Strip
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The G65, on the other hand, features a 6.0-liter, Biturbo V-12 mill that puts out 621 horses and 738 pound-feet of twist

The Mercedes-AMG G63 Edition 1 was launched around the same time the G65 was about to be discontinued.

The SUV is powered by a 4.0-liter, Biturbo V-8 engine that cranks 577 ponies and 627 pound-feet of torque.

Power is routed to all the wheels via a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic gearbox. It takes 4.5 seconds to sprint to 60 mph from rest.

Battle of the Mercedes-AMG SUVs: Watch The V-12 G65 Take On The V-8 G63 On A Drag Strip
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As for the G65 Final Edition, it came with a 6.0-liter, Biturbo V-12 mill that puts out 621 horses and 738 pound-feet of twist. The engine came with a seven-speed automatic gearbox that powers all the wheels. It takes 5.3 seconds to sprint to 62 mph from a standstill in ideal conditions.

More Power Doesn’t Mean Quicker Speed

Battle of the Mercedes-AMG SUVs: Watch The V-12 G65 Take On The V-8 G63 On A Drag Strip
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Irrespective of the result, this was a fun video that gave us a glimpse of the rare G65 flexing its muscles on the drag strip

The video comes without subtitles, so it’s a little hard to infer everything mentioned. But, we can still get a gist of most of the things. The two boxy SUVs went up against each other in the one standard drag races and two rolling races. The strip didn’t have quarter-mile markings, but it was later revealed in the video. This isn’t the conventional way, but it spiced up the race to an extent as it had that element of surprise even after the race was over.

For instance, in the standing drag race, the G65 was quicker off the line and managed to keep the lead for a fair bit before the G63 zoomed past it.

The replays later revealed that the G63 overtook it after the quarter-mile mark, thus giving the G65 the win in that round.

It looked like the G63’s driver had a slow start and that gave way to this result. We would’ve liked another run with an even start to see if that was actually the case or not, but we’ll have to settle with this for now. Point – G65 Final Edition.

Battle of the Mercedes-AMG SUVs: Watch The V-12 G65 Take On The V-8 G63 On A Drag Strip
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Next were two rolling races, both of which were won by the G63

Next in line were a couple of rolling starts. In both races, the G63 keep the lead all the way until the finish line. So, the result was two wins for the G63 Edition and the solitary win for the G65 Final Edition.

Watch the video below and let us know your thoughts about the SUVs and this race in the comments section.

Sidd Dhimaan
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