Feature Flick: Range Rover, Mercedes G63 Go Off-Road

On this week’s episode of Head 2 Head, the 2013 Range Rover and 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG dirty their fancy suits when Jonny Lieberman takes them off-roading before determining which super expensive SUV is better.

The G63 is the first to run the course, and Jonny notes that is has a very old school approach to off-roading, but that’s not a bad thing. Going through some tough terrain, Lieberman didn’t need fancy electronics because the G63 was more than capable with its ladder-frame and three locking differentials. Powered by a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8 that puts out 536 hp and 561 lb-ft, nothing seems to slow down the G63, however Jonny notes that the turning radius is huge and the side pipes are not off-road friendly.

Next up is the 510-hp Range Rover, which Lieberman notes is probably the quickest vehicle with a low-range transfer case, with a 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds. Although it utilizes a unibody frame, the Range Rover does all the G63 does with help from an air-suspension and several fancy cameras Lieberman took advantage of. After a day in the dirt, Jonny’s consensus is that the G63 is so mechanical that it just goes over obstacles, while the Range Rover’s computer pauses to think about what it’s doing first.

Since the majority of buyers in the market for an opulent off-roader won’t even drive off the pavement, Lieberman then heads to the SUVs’ more natural habitat in Beverly Hills to determine the winner after cruising down Rodeo Drive. Which SUV does Jonny prefer? Find out by watching the episode below.

In other Ranger Rover news, a Range Rover Sport hybrid that will utilize a diesel V-6 and electric motor is reportedly scheduled to debut at the Frankfurt show in September. The hybrid drive will also debut on the bigger Range Rover around the same time later this year.


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