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Autotrader Find: Armored Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG for $375,000

Today’s Autotrader Find is one of the most ultimate SUVs imaginable: a Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG, which uses a twin-turbocharged V12 with 610 horsepower and 740 lb-ft of torque. As if that wasn’t ultimate enough, it was then fully armored. Yes, that’s right, armored, as in "bulletproof." And then it received the ultimate price tag: $375,000.

Let’s start with the beginning: the G65 AMG. You likely already know the regular V8-powered G550, and the "sporty" G63 AMG, but this takes things to a whole new level. It’s the G65 AMG — and not only does it use that ultra-powerful twin-turbocharged V12, but it returns just 11 miles per gallon in the city and 13 mpg on the highway, which is the worst fuel economy figure of any car on sale today — except for the Bugatti Chiron, which returns 9 mpg city/14 mpg hwy.

But surely this particular G65 AMG gets far worse mileage than the Chiron on account of the fact that, well, it’s armored. Yes, armored, by "the most reputable and prestigious Alpine Armoring company in Herndon, Virginia," according to the description. Although the ad doesn’t say exactly what armoring has been done, it does note the armoring cost $195,000 — and it shows incredibly thick door windows, fully armored side windows in back, and red and blue strobe lights, like a police car. Needless to say, this is the ultimate SUV with the ultimate armoring.

And, apparently, the ultimate price tag. This G65 AMG is offered by Specialty Car Collection in Los Angeles for $375,000, which is just immensely massive money. But, then again, a brand-new G65 starts at $221,000 — and it doesn’t have any armoring. Plus, this one has only covered 3,600 miles, meaning it’s barely broken in. Find a used Mercedes-Benz G 65 AMG for sale

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  1. It’s in Los Angeles, you know they’re trying to pander to drug lords that need to zip back and forth between LA and Mexico. I wonder how bad the 0-60 is with all of that armor… It’s 5.3s for the regular G65.

  2. Isn’t the use of red & blue lights against the law for regular civilian vehicles in most places?  You know, impersonating a police officer and all that?  

  3. Dougcar!? I can see the video now…”this is an armored G65. MY G65. And now I’m going to shoot it for your viewing pleasure.”

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a multitude of magazine publications and websites, including here at Autotrader — where he launched the Oversteer enthusiast blog — along with Jalopnik, GQ, and The Week. His YouTube channel has hundreds of published videos and has racked up hundreds of millions of views. Today, Doug lives in San Diego, California, with his 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 NAS, 2005 Ford GT, and 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon.

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