Mercedes puts 19-foot behemoth to rest

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After selling 100 units of this $500,000 beast, Mercedes Benz will cease production of the G63 to make sure that it remains rare.

After selling 100 units of this $500,000 beast, Mercedes Benz will cease production of the G63 to make sure that it remains rare.

THE Mercedes G63 AMG 6×6 could be the German car company’s biggest and heaviest off-roader to date.  But the 19-foot behemoth, after only being out in the market for a year and only a hundred units being sold, is reportedly ending its production run this month.

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The four-ton, six-wheel off-roader is based on a military variant of the legendary Gelandewagen, built for civilian use.  It is powered by AMG’s 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 and features six-driven wheels on three axles with five different differentials, and is called as Mercedes-Benz’s ultimate off-roader.

Demand for the $500,000 off-roader was unexpectedly high ever since it was introduced in 2014.  And with a hundred units already being sold, Mercedes-Benz is now putting the beast to sleep, to ensure that it becomes rare and keeps its high price tag.

To take its place, Mercedes Benz will begin production of the less-spunky G500 4X4 unit, which uses a smaller, but still capable 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 to drive a more conventional four-wheel-drive system.  The pickup bed of the G63 was also replaced with a wagon body style, but kept its tall ride height.

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