AMG G63/ AMG GT R

Top Gear (UK) - - TOW TEST -

If this were a track day, I’d have nailed it from the start. Let’s be hon­est, any pub­lic cir­cuit event is es­sen­tially a com­pe­ti­tion both on track and off it, and the points scor­ing starts when you rock up in the pad­dock. Why? Be­cause your rig is a rolling ar­tic­u­la­tion of in­tent, and while pol­ing up in a po­lar white G63 tow­ing a Magno green road-go­ing ver­sion of the F1 safety car might not win any awards for sub­tlety, it def­i­nitely makes a state­ment.

There are many good things about to­tal Mercedes-ness. With both ve­hi­cles pow­ered by AMG’s gut­tural, 577bhp twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8, both sound like angsty thun­der, and there’s torque aplenty from both, the G63 us­ing its higher 627lb ft out­put to pull the GT R and trailer with non­cha­lant ease – so un­stressed that at 30mph in fifth gear, it’ll drop down to four­cylin­der econ­omy mode. In fact, I win just with the tow car, the seat­ing po­si­tion and all-round, square-cor­nered vis­i­bil­ity of the G mak­ing it in­cred­i­bly easy to po­si­tion on the road. The trans­formed in­te­rior trans­port­ing the G-Wa­gen from gussied-up mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle to a mod­ern, con­nected and in­cred­i­bly re­lax­ing place to spend time. CT

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