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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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