Confirmed: 2016 Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG Headed to U.S. Shores
Good things to those who wait.
A recent report from Automotive News confirms what AMG boss Tobias Moers told us in Geneva earlier this year: that the 2016 Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG will join the U.S. stable of G-Class vehicles. The G-Wagen was updated two years ago for the 2013 model year, and although the base G550 and G63 AMG were available to American buyers, those hungry for twelve-cylinder muscle were left wanting.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG will reportedly sit atop the G-Wagen lineup here in the U.S. beginning next year. It will likely launch next fall, possibly at the Los Angeles auto show; AMG frequently introduces new high-performance models at the Californian event.
Available overseas since 2012, the current Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG produces 604 hp and an absurd 738 lb-ft of torque from its monstrous twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12. Powering all four wheels through a seven-speed automatic, the twelve-cylinder is shared with the full-size S65 AMG sedan and oupe, and can rocket the rough-and-tumble G-Class to 62 mph in a claimed 5.3 seconds.
Although it’s second best in terms of power, we can’t forget the sensational Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG that’s already offered in the U.S. Powered by a twin-turbo, 5.5-liter V-8 dishing out 544 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque, the super-luxury G63 costs a pretty penny at $136,625 including destination. The top-shelf 2016 Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG will likely cost beyond the $250,000 mark. Still, for some buyers the cost will be worth it. As Moers has said of other models, “There are AMG fans for whom our V-12 biturbo engine is the measure of all things.”
We’ll have to wait about a year until the fantastic 2016 Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG arrives, and probably longer still for the six-wheeled G63 AMG 6x6, which Moers reportedly also wants for the U.S.
Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)