• Apr 9th 2010 at 10:19AM
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Ah, the Mercedes-Benz G Class. The G Wagen. The Gelandewagen. It's a relatively rare beast here in the U.S., especially in high-power G55 AMG form. We've never once doubted the awesomeness that is the AMG-badged G Wagen, and now the folks at Väth have decided to turn up the wick on the hardcore Benz SUV to the tune of 680 horsepower and 620 pound-feet of torque – output increases of 180 hp and 104 lb-ft over a factory-fresh G55. It's pure insanity, and we wholeheartedly approve – of the powertrain, at least.

They key components of the engine tuning involve things like a new intake manifold, a revised outlet system, new coolers and Väth's patented fuel cooler. Not only does this aid in the healthy power increase, but it allows the G55 to reach a top cruising speed of 165 miles per hour. To manage that added grunt, Väth has lowered the G55 by 1.4 inches, as well as fitted sport shock absorbers and beefy 15.4-inch sport brake discs.

Obviously, Väth has fitted the usual host of visual upgrades to the G55, including LED daytime running lamps, Xenon foglights, a sport exhaust system out back and 22-inch light metal wheels wrapped in 295/35 Yokohama ADV ST tires. Inside, carbon fiber appliques have been added to the standard leather trim, and a new sport steering wheel features Alcantara upholstery.

Do we want one? You betcha – though we might save some money where Väth's visuals are concerned. Click through the jump to read the company's press release with the full details.

[Source: Väth]
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VAETH G55 AMG - a Superlative V58k with 680 hp

More power and fun of ride has VAETH for the rare G55 AMG model. A G-class model with 680 hp and 840 Nm! Is it possible? VAETH AUTOMOBILTECHNIK has made G55, a model of an absolute force. The G-class model charms with its edged lines and its sports and athletic appearance. Also in this case, the VAETH AUTOMOBILTECHNIK creators have implemented a lot of new ideas.

Besides the fine tuning, the engine reconstruction comprehends an intake manifold, a complete outlet system, coolers, as well as the patented VAETH fuel cooler, all that let the hp monster reach the 265 km/h mark!

Attention is drawn especially to the modifications of the front section. The bonnet and the front spoiler with extra big air intakes, LED daylight lamps and Xenon units in the fog-lights contribute to a sportive, eye-catching design of a strong V58k G-class model. The rear looks bulky and forms together with the sports exhaust system visible on both sides a perfect symbiosis. Sports appearance created by the VAETH is powered additionally by the complete "Race Edition" foliation.

Fully lowered by 35 mm, the G-class model together with its sports shock absorbers grant you a real feeling. The extravagant VAETH light metal rims in 10x22'' with 295/35R22 Yokohama ADV ST air tires underline the sportive power packet once more.

The interior is decorated by carbon applications, there is a speedometer reaching up to 330 km/h, an Alcantara covered sports steering wheel and everything is covered by the leather. The multimedia system tops the ensemble.

In order to stop the hp monster at one time or another, VAETH has equipped it by a sports braking system with 390 mm sports brake disks.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a waste of horsepower !
      Gawd awful styled box ....why?
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...world's fasted tool shed...
        • 5 Years Ago
        DOH! *fastest
        • 5 Years Ago
        G-class is for style and usually done up in bulletproofing for very very rich folk who want to drive themselves, not be driven, in a long sedan.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What a waste of time, including mine for reading and now commenting on this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      this makes it better at off-roading how?
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah, my point. make it all Arctic (see that AB, arCtic ;-) and dont mess with the ride height.

        that car is a go anywhere do anything kind of vehicle and be relatively indestructible, per milspec. anything taking away from that is a FAIL.

        • 5 Years Ago
        if you are going to lower ther freaking thing, at least have the decency to install belt fed G.36s in the headlight cluster so you can clear the road :-0
      • 5 Years Ago
      ... and only 4 years after RENNtech started building these with 700 hp.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't believe a single one of those performance claims when the picture is so obviously photoshopped. Look at it closely. All the grill openings in the lower bumper are fake. The fog lights in the bumper are fake. The license plate is fake. The hood scoop is fake. Looking at the LED running lights on the far side, it looks like they are fake too. Side vent on fender looks fake, as does the exhaust tips poking out ahead of the rear wheel. I'm not even certain the main grill is real.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think people here are confusing "good" with "awesome"
      • 5 Years Ago
      The G55 is a stonking car, combining giggle-inducing, bimmer-humbling acceleration with an unearthly ability off the beaten track. I know because I've driven it,on and off-road.
      At traffic lights it's a riot because very, very few cars can keep up, let alone out-accelerate it, all while emitting a gorgeous NASCAR-worthy soundtrack.
      Then if you're caught in a blizzard or in a muddy place, desert, etc, the three locking differentials will get you anywhere, beyond what an H2 Hummer will do.
      The sad thing about his conversion is that it loses its off-roading abilities with little gain on-road, since over 100mph the fuel economy goes from bad to terrible and it's a pointless exercise with such non-aerodynamics and high center of gravity, no matter how much you lower it.
      Sitck to a regular G55 and perhaps Darthvaderize it (black wheels & grille, led daytime running lights and blacked-out windows). Now that's awesome.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mercedes G-wagen: For people who would rather drive the shipping container their SUV came in...
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Mercedes G-wagen: For people who would rather drive" There, fixed it for you ^_^
      • 5 Years Ago
      Make the Bad Man Stop!
      • 5 Years Ago
      The G-wagen is stuck in the '60s and adding more power would just make it scarier. Braking, handling, interior, noise -- all absolutely terrible. And the off-road ability is even gone, thanks to the lower suspension and wide, low-profile tires of today's versions. There is no "awesomeness" to be seen here, just an obsolete, useless toy for really gullible people.

      And that replacement front clip may just be the ugliest thing on Autoblog all month.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, it wasn't designed until 1979, but I'd rather have one of the earlier turbodiesel models, or even one of the Puch versions. Even the USMC have some of them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A lowered, near-700-horsepower military truck with leather interior on 22" chrome rims. Does anybody else see this as a rolling oxymoron?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe they should reinvent the 'deuce and a half' sport edition, for those practical folks who need a 6x6 military troop carrier (outfitted with alcantara, xenons and Lexanis of course) to ferry the kids around.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Countdown till SimpleCar rants about the interior in 3... 2... 1...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm usually one of those people who think SUVs are pointless and evil and destroying baby seals, but I want a G55 AMG so bad.
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