Is that a cheap Mercedes-AMG G63 or an expensive Suzuki Jimny?

Is that a cheap Mercedes-AMG G63 or an expensive Suzuki Jimny?

This Suzuki Jimny bears a strong resemblance to a real Mercedes-AMG G63, so does that make its staggering price a bargain or a rip-off?

Amid severe stock shortages for the new Suzuki Jimny and Mercedes-AMG G63, almost new specimens of the two legendary off-roaders are coveted items on the used car market.

But this creation — a $35,000 Suzuki Jimny designed to look like a $250,000 Mercedes-Benz G63 — has taken asking prices to new extremes.

In this case, a sky-high figure of $114,985 plus road costs.

The car features the popular “Little G” conversion body kit for the “underground” aftermarket and additional equipment to compare it to a 2023 Mercedes-AMG G63.

How the seller ended up at $114,895 plus road expenses is a bit of a mystery.

Australian provider sells a similar DAMD “Little G” kit for Suzuki Jimnys with JB74 designation for $6995. Included in this price is a front grille, enlarged fender flares, aluminum side steps, new side moldings and a spare tire cover.

The seller of this particular G-Wagon Look-a-Like has the current generation AMG Panamericana style grille, new headlights, Mercedes Benz side mirrors, AMG G63 style 19 inch wheels, side exhausts and Newly added taillights.

Inside, the car was outfitted with Mercedes-Benz backstitch patterns, a new infotainment unit, a set of AMG badging, a Mercedes-badged steering wheel and a Starlight headliner.

The fact that this is a Suzuki Jimny is of course due to the three-door body style, where the Mercedes-AMG G63 is only offered with five doors in Australia.

Similarly, under the hood, despite the ‘V8 Biturbo’ badging on this copycat, is the Suzuki Jimny’s standard 75kW/130Nm 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine – not the 430kW/850Nm 4.0- Liter V8 of the Mercedes-AMG G63 with two turbochargers.

Despite the seller’s best efforts, we still can’t fathom where the $114,985 figure came from – considering a standard Suzuki Jimny costs $35,000-$37,000 with automatic trim (it varies from state to state due to stamp duty). and registry variants), and the full conversion is unlikely to cost more than $20,000.

So is this a bargain or a rip off? Let us know in the comments.

Tom started out in the automotive industry using his photography skills but quickly learned that journalists got the better end of the deal. He started at CarAdvice in 2014, moved to Bauer Media titles such as Wheels and WhichCar in 2017 and then returned to CarAdvice in early 2021 during the transition to Drive. As part of the Drive content team, Tom covers automotive news, car reviews and advice and has a particular interest in long-form feature stories. He understands that every car buyer is unique and has different needs when it comes to buying a new car, but equally there is a loyal subset of the Drive audience that loves entertaining enthusiast content. Tom has great respect for all things automotive, regardless of model, and prides himself on noticing the subtle things that make every car tick. Not a day goes by when he doesn’t learn something new in an ever-changing industry, which is then passed on to Drive’s readership.

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