And while it looks much the same prospect as before from the outside, the latest G63 can claim to be markedly different to any previous AMG variant of the G-Wagen. For a start it's based on the all-new G-Class, which means that right out of the gate it's larger and significantly lighter than before, courtesy of a heavily revised ladder frame chassis and a body now comprised mostly of aluminium.
The architecture has grown significantly stiffer, making it all the better for attaching suspension to. The chassis is made up of double wishbones to the front and multi-link to the rear, with a tower brace connecting the front struts, adaptive dampers as standard, and (for the G63 specifically) additional anti-roll bars on the front and rear axles.
Naturally this is delivered to all four wheels via a nine-speed Speedshift automatic transmission, although its maker has opted to replace the previous G63's 50:50 torque spread with a 40:60 split in favour of the rear axle. Of course, there's now a clever multi-plate clutch in the centre anyway for moving the power around - but that hasn't cheated the G63 out of its three locking diff switches: the clutch plate simply locks to 100 per cent on command.
There's low range gearing, too (with a much higher reduction ratio than before: 2.93 compared to 2.10) however Mercedes has moderated some of the G-Wagen's do-it-yourself ethos by introducing three off-road drive modes - Sand, Trail and Rock - which tailor the car's response accordingly. (There are a further five settings for on-road driving in case you were concerned about that.)
Oh and the side pipes which exit below the rear doors. Expect them to do quite a lot of distinguishing all by themselves - especially when the standard exhaust flap is in the sillier of its two stages. The G63 will launch at the Geneva show next month and ought to go on sale a little while afterwards. We'll bring you exact prices when Mercedes UK finishes doing its sums, but you can expect to pay the best part of £160k for a First Edition model.