When two identical cars with launch control meet on the drag strip, it all depends on the driver’s reaction to determine the winner. Note that these two current generation Mercedes-AMG G63s aren’t exactly the same as, while red is completely in stock, the murdered G-Wagen has 23-inch Vossen wheels and an aftermarket body kit. The latter likely has an impact on the aerodynamics of the off-roader, and we all know the famous SUV already has the drag coefficient of a brick.
Carwow’s Mat Watson and YouTuber Yianni reunited with their G63s to determine which of the two had a faster reaction time in a series of drag races. Rather than settle the dispute with a classic of the top two out of three races after each won a duel, they climbed into the passenger seat and let their girlfriends take control of the high powered SUVs.
The more aggressive G63 was the overall winner, although the red G63 triumphed in the rolling race in third gear from 80 km / h (50 mph) thanks to better gear changes. Not only that, but Mat Watson’s girlfriend also won the braking test duel despite being 10mph above the preset speed of 70mph.
The all-around winner here is the G63 because, despite its square shape and heavy weight, it is still very fast out of the line. When Mercedes was developing the G-Class in the 1970s, drag track level performance was obviously not important as the main goal was to give it outstanding off-road chops. That said, the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine developing 577 hp from the latest G63 delivers sports-car-like acceleration from 0-100 km / h in just four and a half seconds.
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A quarter-mile run in 12.5 seconds by a vehicle that weighs 5845 pounds (2,651 kilograms) is no small feat. Considering the high level of luxury and technology you would expect from a Mercedes, it’s no wonder the G-Class is still performing so well after more than 40 years.