Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG Not for US
Most Powerful U.S. G-Wagen To Be G63 AMG
Back in the 1980s and 1990s, the U.S. was routinely denied the best of what Europe had to offer. The number of limited-edition, high-performance models that stayed on the continent, or more importantly, out of the U.S. was too many to list here. Today, we get the vast majority of these specialty models, thanks to converging global safety and emissions regulations, which make it more cost effective to certify models for all markets. But there are still a few exceptions. The Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG is one of them. According to Motor Trend, the über-G will not be making the trans-Atlantic trip.
In defense of Mercedes, the market for 612 hp V-12 brick-shaped SUVs with a 30+ year-old design is likely limited. But for those with the money, the exclusivity may be worth it. But pay they will. To cite an example, the G65 is priced at more than 391,000 Euros in the Netherlands. That's more than 500,000 U.S. dollars at current rates.
So we won't get the ultimate example of wretched excess for the G-Wagen, but our consolation prize is the still plenty-powerful G63 AMG, motivated by a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 producing 544 hp and 560 lb-ft of torque. The projected price for that model in the U.S. is a much more reasonable $130,000+.
Source: Motor Trend