Review: 2016 Mercedes-AMG G65

– Gateway, Colorado

The Mercedes-AMG G65 is a piece of automotive hyperbole. It’s a 30-year-old box initially intended for off-roading, with a massive V12 shoehorned under the hood, because why not? From a handling standpoint, it’s the worst thing Mercedes makes – I’m willing to bet a Toyota Camry could out-maneuver the G65 through a cone course. But to criticize the G-Wagen for its on-road prowess is to miss the point entirely. This car exists simply because it can – it lives because 65 is greater than 63, period. It is the epitome of cool, and it’s like nothing else on the road today. Glory, thy name is Geländewagen, and God bless the G65.

Pros

  • Driving the G65 is equal parts amazing and terrifying. It's got a biturbo 6.0-liter V12 with 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque, recirculating ball steering, three locking differentials, and freaking side pipes. It’s engaging in the sense that you’re constantly freaking out about what your wheels are doing, because it’s not evident that the steering wheel is actually connected to anything. I list all this as a positive point, because even through all the weirdness, you’ll never stop smiling. What other V12 vehicle do you know of that could climb a mountain if asked?
  • You’ve got to love the look of the G-Wagen, even in full-on rap-video G65 spec. I’m not sold on the chrome, 21-inch wheels seen here, but picture it in matte gray with some chunky, black rollers, and you’re in business. Also, huge props to Mercedes for offering ...