It's now exactly 25 years since the Mercedes-Benz G-Class made its first public appearance. Since then, these models have made a name for themselves all over the world and have been sold to over 182,000 customers. The supercharged V8 G 55 AMG, the latest high point in the career of this one-of-a-kind classic, is now on display in Geneva. The eight-cylinder power plant of this new addition to the G-model family develops476 hp and peak torque of 700 Newton metres, giving this robust off-roader new dimensions in power and assurance. Offering 34 per cent more power and 32 per cent more torque than the predecessor Naturally Aspirated V8 model, the new G 55 AMG demonstrates once again that the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is a vehicle with enormous potential.
Before the supercharged AMG engine was fitted in the G-Class, numerous modifications and new developments were necessary in the area of the powertrain, chassis and brake system. A new oil sump provides reliable lubrication in all operating situations, while boost air temperature is reduced by an engine-mounted air-to-water intercooler and two front-mounted low-temperature coolers. A more powerful electric suction fan keeps the coolant temperature in the correct range at all times.
A new-design, larger-diameter AMG sports exhaust system with high-performance catalytic converter technology reduces exhaust back pressure and ensures compliance with the EU4 emissions standards. Visual and audible confirmation of the G 55 AMG's potency is provided by the two oval twin-tailpipes which emerge at an angle in front of the rear wheels and by the typical throaty AMG V8 engine sound.
Company press release, last updated before 12 / 01 / 2004