Cars are getting too fragile, too delicate. New pedestrian safety norms, emission norms and general customer needs have been forcing manufacturers to go soft on cars these days. Things are far more watered down than what a hardcore car enthusiast aspires for. But then, there are some exceptions. Like the G63 - it reinforces the fact that there are still some crazy guys at car companies wanting to do crazy things. So then, meet the Mercedes AMG G63 Crazy Colour.
Merc has painted it the greenest green they could find in their palette. A car that's perpetually wearing a high-visibility jacket. A car that needs you to wear shades before looking at it. It's outrageous. It's the best colour that we've come across by a big, big margin. It's beyond-words crazy. Someone at Affalterbach must have thought, what can be crazier than fanatic Arabs? Okay, let's paint it that.
Till the E63 came around, the G63 was the largest selling AMG in India. There's nothing like this that money can buy in India. The rugged structure, the design that will never turn old and a massive engine under the hood, the perfect recipe then. The engine, by the way, is the same one that you find under the hood of all the other AMGs in India apart from the CLA and the GLA. And it's tuned to be the loudest in the G63. It's the angriest that you'll ever find it - roaring, bursting, crackling and scaring the day lights out of you. All the time.
The massive 5.5-litre twin-turbo petrol develops a gigantic 540bhp and 760Nm of torque. Enough to tug the moon closer to the earth, if you feel like. The last thing possible while behind the wheel of this insanely-green G63 is the want for more power. There's ample irrespective of the position of the tacho needle.
The G-Wagon is to Germany what Hummer is to America. They were designed to be at the warfront in unpredictable conditions. It's been designed to go over anything and still not break into pieces. Metal bumpers, everything hard and solid, everything heavy is proof of that. It's a mad off-roader, this. Leaf springs at the rear, centre, rear and front locking diffs, low-range transfer case, it's equipped with everything off-road that you can think of. But the biggest weapon of this G63 once off the road is, erm, power.
It's the answer to everything. A huge rock to pass over? Give it some gas. Need to pass to muck? Throttle through. Sand? Power the hell out of it. There's nothing that power can't do in this case. We spent one entire day off-roading in this, and pretty hardcore, never did we find the need to using any button or switch to lock things or do anything. Just. Power. Through. With the sort of things that the G63 Crazy Colour has to offer, the colour, the off-roading capability, the ruggedness, the luxurious cabin there's nothing that you will not like about it. Except that there are quite a few things.
The ride is jittery all the time, you'd be sort of uncomfortable even on smooth road. The steering is designed to be great off-road, not on it. And if you attempt to go in hot into a bend, it will refuse and continue going straight. All you can do then is hope that the wall at the side of the road won't be that badly damaged, because nothing can happen to the G63 anyway. And yeah, the ergonomics in the cabin are haywire. You need to twist your limbs to horrendous angles to reach things. And there's barely any place to put knick-knacks around the cabin. The seat too barely slides, and the pedals are placed in an angle that'll tire your ankle out in just a few hours.
It has one more crazy thing apart from its colour, the price. At Rs 2.17 crore (ex-Delhi), it is Rs 26 lakh more expensive than the not-so-crazy G63 AMG. Rs 26 lakh for the colour only. Things like buying a regular G63 AMG and painting it this shade, or even easier, wrapping it in a crazy colour might come into head. But then it is not for people like such middle-class views. It's for people who are rich and insane, both at the same time.
In that money, you'd get a lot of nice, fast supercars. Cars that'll you'll be able to brag about when it comes to the 0-100kph timings and top speed, and things with carbon-fibre composite chassis and all that, but there will be a day that you'll get bored of those cars. There will be something more interesting in the market. Not if you buy the G63 Crazy Colour. You'll love it the same way 30 years later, or probably more. It'll brighten up your day even then.
Specs5461cc, V8, twin-turbo petrol, 540bhp, 760Nm, 7A, 4WD, 0-100kph\: 5.4 seconds, top speed\: 210kph, ground clearance\: 220mm, maximum wading depth\: 600mm, price\: Rs 2.17 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi)
VerdictBrighter than a supernova, tougher than a tank. The G63 Crazy Colour has the cool quotient right up there