Generational Rivalry: AMG G-Wagons Square-off in Russia

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Older AMG G63 gets off to a better start, but the newer, more powerful Mercedes-Benz SUV takes the win.

The video above comes to us from the Dragtimesinfo YouTube channel and it features a pair of Mercedes-Benz AMG G63 sport utility vehicles going head-to-head in a half-mile drag race. The footage was captured at the Unlim 500+ Festival in Russia, so all of the commentary and information accompanying the video is in Russian, but the only things that you need to read are numbers, and they are displayed exactly how they would be in the U.S.A.

The Competitors

This half-mile drag race at the Unlim 500+ Festival pits a pair of Mercedes-Benz AMG G63 SUVs head-to-head. Vehicle #45 is a 2017 model while vehicle #100 is a 2018 model, meaning that it is from the newest generation, and without any mention of upgrades, we can only assume that they are both stock.

Mercedes-Benz AMG G63 Race

The 2017 AMG G63 is powered by a twin turbocharged, 5.5-liter V8 that delivers 563 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque in the North American market, with help from a 7-speed automatic transmission and an advanced all-wheel-drive system. Based on a quick Google search, this SUV weighs around 5,624 pounds.

Mercedes-Benz AMG G63 Race

The 2018 G63 is powered by a twin turbocharged, 4.0-liter V8 that packs 577 horsepower and 627 lb-ft of torque, with a similar all-wheel-drive system and a 9-speed automatic transmission. In other words, the new model has a little more horsepower, a ton more torque and the advantages of a transmission with a more aggressive low-end along with quicker, shorter shifts, but the newer models do seem to weigh about 200 pounds more than the other models.

The Battle

After each big, black AMG SUV carefully lines up, the lights on the starting tree come down and on green, both twin turbo G Machines storm down the track. Surprisingly, the older model gets a better start and holds a small early lead, but it appears as though the new version catches and passes by the eighth mile. From there, the driver of the older Mercedes can’t do anything but watch the newer, more powerful G63 cruise to victory.

Mercedes-Benz AMG G63 Race

On the top end, the new model won by nearly a half-second, running a 21.110 at 129 miles per hour while the 2017 model took 21.604 seconds to cover the half-mile, hitting a top speed of roughly 121 miles per hour. The older model did have a better 60-foot time, but the 2018 G63 was about a tenth-and-a-half ahead at the quarter mile, with that gap growing to the half-mile marker.

Mercedes-Benz AMG G63 Race

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