Compared to the GL Class, G55 AMG is an altogether different experience. It’s a car which has no competition in the auto industry and according to most experts, the only thing on wheels that comes closest to the G, is a mini tank.
Under the hood, you will see a petrol supercharged V8 Kompressor with a displacement capacity of 5439 cc engine generating a maximum power of 507 bhp @ 6100 rpm and 700 Nm torque @ 2750 – 4000 rpm. Has an electronically limited topspeed of 210 kmph and can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in just 5.5 seconds, thanks to the 5 speed automatic gearbox. Mercedes G55 AMG engine has 3 valves each for each of its 8 cylinders.
After driving the GL for the first two days, it was not easy to drive the G55, reason being, the raw power of the AMG. Just a push on the accelerator pedal and the G55 roars like a lion (literally). Take it in Drive mode, and you realize what you have gotten into!!!
While driving around, many thought this was a modified Mahindra Bolero or a Force Motors Trax (OMG!!! Save us), thanks to its boxy structure. The boxy structure is because the vehicle was specially made by Mercedes Benz for the German military and then it was introduced for civilians in 1979. Owners of the G-Wagen include Hollywood heartthrob, Brad Pitt, Pope Benedict XVI and many influential individuals from around the globe.
It will be difficult to believe, but it is this boxy structure and well defined lines of the G that appeals those who buy this monster. In Leh, G55 was like the ring leader, always lead the Mercedes convoy and in a way, cleared the path for those following.
The G55 AMG gives a mileage of approximately 7 kmpl and emits 378 gms of CO2 per km. Mercedes Benz G55 AMG comes with a price tag of Rs 1.08 crores (ex-showroom, Pune). Reports suggest that Mercedes Benz is working on releasing an even powerful G variant, the G65 AMG. It was spotted in Dubai earlier last month. To read about G65 AMG and see images, click here.
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