See how well a Suzuki Jimny compares to the massive Mercedes-AMG G 63 in a tug of war.
So, we love the Jimny. We wish it could come over to North America where it could do battle with Utes many times as expensive as the Jimny as we think it would compare favorably in off-roading to other small Utes.
But we’re not kidding ourselves: the Jimny is a fun little toy while the G-Wagon is a massive brute of an SUV capable of extreme speed on the road and brute performance off of it.
So what happens when a Jimny faces off against a Mercedes-AMG G 63 in an off-road tug of war? Well, let’s compare specs.
The G 63 has a 4.0-L twin-turbo V6 with 577 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. A 9-speed automatic transmission provides power to as many wheels as the Merc driver wants using any of the G 63’s many diff locks and transfer cases. It also weighs in at 5,478 lbs, which tends to help with traction.
The Jimny, meanwhile, has a 1.5-L naturally aspirated 4-cylinder with just a hair over 100 horses and 100 lb-ft torque. Zero to sixty takes a laughably long 12.4 seconds with power going through either a 4-speed automatic or a 5-speed manual transmission. It does have 4-wheel-drive, but it doesn’t have nearly as many locking differentials as the G-Wagon.
It also weighs a piddly 2,502 lbs, or less than half of what the G 63 weighs.
This is a little bit like a 12-year-old trying to pull a sumo wrestler.
As expected, the G-Wagon didn’t even break a sweat with a single Jimny in tow. It’s quite amusing watching the Jimny struggle, but in the end, the Jimny’s efforts are futile.
But a Jimny costs a bare fraction of what the G 63 does. So what if instead of one Jimny we had two?
Well, the G-Wagon still wins. Only when a third Jimny joins the mix does it finally defeat the massive G 63.
Off-road utility vehicles are getting quite popular, or so we hear, so maybe the Jimny might one day make it across the Pacific. We can only hope.