2013 Range Rover vs. 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG! [Head 2 Head Episode 32]
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Motor Trend’s Jonny Lieberman pits the 2013 Range Rover against the 2013 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG. Several technical & challenging obstacles await as these two SUVs navigate a purpose-built off road course. Did we mention that the course also happens to be the testing grounds for Motor Trend’s SUV of the Year? Old school meets new school as tried & true German engineering squares off against cutting edge British gadgetry.
Of course, no comparison between these two status symbols would be complete without a visit to their natural habitat… the mean streets of Beverly Hills, CA. While both of these contenders will get you through the dirt in style, which of these two uber-luxury six figure SUVs is most befitting of high society? Join us as we find out.
Aston Martin DB9 vs Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG! [Head 2 Head Episode 26]
German engineering meets British charm as Jonny Lieberman pits the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG against the 2013 Aston Martin DB9 on this episode of Head 2 Head. While both brands are synonymous with luxury, underneath their hoods lies some seriously massive hand built V-12 engines. Dynamic testing & mountain roads await as we find out which is the better super coupe for the modestly wealthy.
The German tuner has released a performance package for the Viano 3.0 CDI model, which in factory trim, hides a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 diesel with 221hp (224PS) and 440Nm (325 lb-ft) under its hood.
An engine upgrade comprising a software optimization kit boosts output to 262hp (265PS), while KTW Tuning continues with a suspension kit that lowers the ride height and new 22-inch alloy wheels in a staggered set up with tires size 255/30ZR22 at front axle and 285/25ZR22 at the rear.
The new red brake calipers complete the package that costs €5,999 (about US$7,750) excluding VAT (tax).
Keeping that in mind, it is only natural that the G 63 AMG 6x6 is defined by excess.
Take its footprint for instance: it is 5.87 meters (231 inches) long, 2.1 meters (82.7 inches) wide and 2.3 meters tall (90.6 inches), it weighs 3.85 tons and has a ground clearance of 460 mm (18.1 inches), more than double than the standard G 63 AMG, which sits “only” 210 mm (8.3 inches) above the ground.
Needless to say, the G 63 AMG 6x6 is a machine designed to go anywhere.
Mercedes didn’t offer pricing details, saying it will decide to build the G 63 AMG 6x6 depending on the response to the near-series show vehicle.
Merc’s Affalterbach-based performance division has decided to sprinkle a little of the SLS magic on the C-Class. Thus it launched the C 63 AMG “Edition 507” that puts out 500HP (507PS) and 610 Nm (450 lb-ft) of torque; that makes it 50 ponies more powerful than the stock C 63 AMG and beats the AMG Development Packaged equipped version by 20HP.
Unlike the Black Series, though, which only comes as a coupe, the “Edition 507” will be available as a sedan and an estate, too, with the latter being one tenth of a second slower than the other two on the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint.
Externally, the new version features dark-tinted headlamps, an aluminum bonnet with two air outlets “borrowed” from the Black Series variant, new 19-inch lightweight alloys with 235/35 front and 255/30 rear tires, a high-gloss black finish on details like the surrounds of the grille and the daytime driving lights, and an exclusive platinum paintjob..
Power is still directed to the rear wheels via the 7-Speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT auto gearbox, while stopping is taken care off by carbon ceramic discs that measure 360 mm in diameter up front and feature six- and four-piston red calipers at the front and rear respectively.
The C 63 AMG “Edition 507” will make its international debut at the Geneva Motor Show on March 5. The sales release will begin on April 8 and the market launch in Germany in June.