Report: 2016 Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG Coming to U.S.

When the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G-Class was refreshed two years ago, we were thrilled to get a new version of the V-8-powered G63 AMG (pictured). Some American G-Wagen fans felt like they got the short end of the stick, however, when the German automaker confirmed that the berserk V-12-powered Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG would be withheld from U.S. shores. According to a new report from Automotive News, that’s about to change.

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 coupe, 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 AMG Tobias Moers has said of other models, “There are AMG fans for whom our V-12 biturbo engine is the measure of all things.”

Our colleagues at Motor Trend reported in March that AMG chief Tobias Moers said the G65 AMG would be sold in the U.S. so long as it could pass the relevant crash tests.

Brandt Love
The Kardashian's will own the full supply. But really, long over due.
Alan Qeredaxi
No, I prefer Wrangler
Somewhere out there a person who laughed at the Hummer is going to choke on their granola bar:)
Max Copin
best car ever!
Андрій Шемет
good news ;) Ambrož Ambro don't tell them nothing ;)
Nathan Mcbride
I just think they are ugly. I'm sure they are good vehicles. Mercedes builds good stuff. But for the price and the numbers on paper. Just can't see how they are worth it. These aren't bentleys or anything of that nature. The only one I can see being in the 300k mark is maybe the one with two rear axels.
Nathan Mcbride
Lol not corvette. Suburban. Lol. I guess I look up too much corvette stuff lol
Nathan Mcbride
Lol well for the price you can check out a lingenfelter corvette from the 90s lol. Tows better rides better similar fuel economy and 550hp 705ftlbs naturally aspirated. For 70k at the time. I know its old but hell big powerful suv.
Joe Lussier
It's not that I mind the vehicle, I just can't fathom why it is so much more expensive....80% more expensive than the GL?? Suckers.
Nathan Mcbride
That's like saying if you drive a suburban. You will know why we still produce them.
Nathan Mcbride
Well if you want to get political and argue the cj has been around for 70 yrs. The point was paying too much for a ugly brick that gets crappy gas milage for its size. Not the best vehicle ever made. Neither one.
Ambrož Ambro
35 years, not 20! best car you can buy
Ambrož Ambro
but G63 is better V8 544HP
Ambrož Ambro
if you drive this car.... you will know why we still produce him
Ed Milner
For when you have run out of ideas on how to best burn your money....
Tony Jordan
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Nathan Mcbride
This is worse than buying a jeep wrangler. Paying too much for a vehicle that has hardly changed in 20yrs
Mark Fraser
I wish it had a diesel here

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