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It’s nuts, it’s outrageous and downright irresponsible. But Tees Life motor man Graham Courtney loved the Mercedes AMG G63…

The Mercedes G63 is one of those unlikely automotive success stories.

It’s about as streamlined as a house brick; it drinks fuel at a prodigious rate and it takes up more space than a skip, so why on Earth are people queueing-up to shell out £143,305 for a car which started life as a military vehicle?

Let’s start with the obvious. Nothing else looks like it. If you like a vehicle which has immense presence, look no further.

Just absorb the dimensions… 4.6 metres (15ft) in length; 1.9 metres high (6ft 3in) and you’ll need a gap that’s 2.1 metres (6ft 10in) wide to get through, unless you fold in the wing mirrors. It tips the scales at 2.5 tonnes.

Add all of those figures together and you can see why your average fuel consumption is unlikely to get much further than the lowest 20s – if you’re lucky.

Another reason why the AMG G63 is a tad thirsty, is the 4.0 litre 577bhp V8 bi-turbo engine. 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. Top speed 137mph. These are mightily impressive figures.

At this point you may be thinking that with all of that power and the actual size of the vehicle, that the G63 may be rather unwieldy, a bit of a handful. Oh, how wrong you are.

Granted, it’s big, but because of the square dimensions it’s a doddle to place on the road.

Another delight is the sound which burbles and crackles from the exhausts.

Make full use of the nine-speed auto ‘box and you can either generate a low grumble or go the whole hog and unleash the banshees.

The ride is uncannily smooth and well controlled. Okay, it will also tackle seriously rough terrain, but the thought of running some bramble bushes down the side will deter most owners.

I shan’t list all of the equipment you get included as standard. This is an AMG Mercedes; you get everything. The interior is a work of art and is extremely comfortable.

Okay, this is a car that will make environmentalists wince. But, if you want a luxurious car that really will cross a jungle, ford a river, tow a horse box, reverse a boat into a lake or burble up to the front of your favourite restaurant in style, then the AMG G63 certainly fits the bill.