V12 Mercedes G65 AMG on the cards for April debut?

Last year we heard that Mercedes and AMG was to celebrate/mark the demise of the 33-year-old G-wagen with a V12 twin-turbo G65 AMG.

Now that rumour's back, and French car site caradisiac reckons we'll see the V12 G-class/G-wagon/G-wagen around April time (sounds like it could be a New York show debut, then) before the car goes on sale in limited numbers in June.

The 6.0-litre twin-turbo V12 is expected to offer 612hp - a solid 105hp more than the G55 manages - while torque is rumoured to be between 664lb ft and 738lb ft, channelled via Merc's Speedshift Plus 7G-tronic transmission.

Should it happen, the price is still expected to be around 220,000 euros, which translates at current exchange rates to £183,000.

The G65 wouldn't be the first Gelandewagen to get 12-cylinder power, though - Brabus does a V12 G-class and several bespoke AMG versions are reputed to have been built for wealthy customers. Should still be a fitting swansong for the boxy Merc off-roader, though...

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  • ArnieVXR 21 Mar 2012

    I had wondered how the last drop of petrol would get used up...

  • TACottle 21 Mar 2012

    If I won the Lottery...

  • timlovett1982 21 Mar 2012

    RHD version?

  • Hunttheshunt 21 Mar 2012

    TACottle said:
    If I won the Lottery...

  • GTEYE 21 Mar 2012

    Absoutely pointless......

    And that is exactly what makes it so wonderful

    Nice one Merc - it proves they do have a sense of humour!

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