Trying to update or recreate an iconic model from your past is always a difficult thing to do. Manufacturers can either decide to run with a car for a long period of time attempting to keep it up to date and refreshed, like Land Rover managed to do for many decades with the Defender, or decide to reinvigorate and redesign the whole concept like the Mini range and Fiat 500. But what if you decide to do both. Is it possible to retain all the features people love about the original iconic design, yet incorporate the latest technology and comfort from your flagship models. Mercedes Benz think that is the perfect solution.

Since 1979 the Mercedes Benz G Wagon has been the workhorse of the Mercedes range. Their answer to the Land Rover Defender if you are looking to go anywhere and tackle any terrain. It may not instantly be renowned for its off-road ability in the same way as the Defender, but its iconic status cannot be ignored. In 1990 Mercedes decided that the G Wagon should no longer be seen as merely a utilitarian distant relative to the rest of the luxurious offerings they had and began to fettle with the idea of merging the concepts together. With the demand for their own S Class and seeing the popularity of the Range Rover, Mercedes decided that they should look to add the same levels of comfort to the G Class.

Over two decades later and the G63 AMG is about as iconic as they come. Still very much utilitarian in styling and appearance, despite the fact only 3 parts were carried over from the previous generation, to many it appears to have changed very little at all over the years. The updated model is longer, wider and has greater ground clearance, mostly to meet stricter crash regulations and to improve on-road handling. With Mercedes Benz installing their latest widescreen digital screens to the dashboard and the interior now awash with exclusive Nappa leathers, 64 colour ambient lighting and more technology than you can imagine, the G63 AMG, inside at least, is far removed from the mud plugging workhorse it once was.

Now sporting a 4.0 litre bi-turbo V8 engine that produces 585 bhp, the engine is closely related to the one found in the AMG GT R supercar, and can propel the G63 to 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 137 mph (even this can be raised as an option for those brave enough). The accelerating roar and constant idling burble from the twin side-exit exhausts protruding from underneath the side steps either side means the noise is even more noticeable and never gets old. With locking differentials, huge ground clearance and wading ability the G Wagon can outperform most others when the going gets tough, though the chances of seeing one anywhere but smooth tarmac is a rare sight indeed.

But that is not the point of this car at all. Land Rover proved decades ago with the Range Rover that luxury and off-road ability can go hand in hand, Mercedes have just taken that idea to the next level with the G63 AMG. Knowing the car can conquer all terrains may be reassuring, but the retro styling, abundance of technology and growling V8 soundtrack are the perfect combination to create the ultimate luxury cruising vehicle. The reassuring sturdiness to the car is almost unseen in today’s modern automotive industry. From the aggressive stance to the comically loud door locks (re-engineered to ensure the same noise and feel as the previous generation) and the fact that you have to slam the door hard to even get it to close properly, the G63 AMG provides a blend of rugged strength and sumptuous luxury like no other.

Our 2021 (71) Mercedes Benz G63 AMG is the highly sought after Magno Edition, offering an even greater sense of style and sophistication to the G Class range. With so many of the usual optional features fitted as standard, including Mercedes’ famous satin paint finish, the G63 AMG Magno Edition is the pinnacle of the G wagon collection. Finished in G Manufaktur Monza Grey Magno matte paint, the car comes with full AMG Exclusive Black Nappa leather complete with diamond stitching. The extensive list of features includes 22″ AMG Forged Satin Black wheels, AMG Night Package Magno, AMG Night Package II, AMG performance steering wheel in carbon fibre and Dinamica microfibre, Exclusive interior, AMG carbon fibre interior trim, Premium Plus pack and much more. This VAT Qualifying car has covered just 2,850 miles and comes with the reminder of a Mercedes Benz manufacturer warranty until November 2024.