2018 Mercedes-AMG G63: Yellow, Is It 'G' You're Looking For?

CARS.COM — There are a handful of vehicles around the world that you can call “iconic.” The Chevrolet Corvette, the Jeep Wrangler, the Ford Mustang, the Volkswagen Beetle and GTI — all of them have a celebrated history, a passionate and loyal fan base, and certain traditional elements to them that make them easily identifiable. The same can be said of the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen.

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Officially called the G-Class, the Gelandewagen (German for “cross-country vehicle”) has looked almost the same since its arrival in 1979, when it was created for the German military. Over the years, the G-Wagen has gone from being a spartan, no-nonsense German Humvee-equivalent to being the preferred ride of wealthy Southern California socialites.

The interior has been given a luxury treatment, engines have been upgraded — and there are even AMG high-performance versions like the Solarbeam Yellow G63 you see here. With a new G-Wagen about to be unveiled at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this weekend, we decided to have one last spin in the old model, a 563-horsepower, twin-turbo-powered 2018 Mercedes-AMG G63 V-8. At $163,795, you’re certainly not going to see one on every corner … unless you live in Orange County, Calif.’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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