FrontRunners: Inside the Box

<< Back to Robb Report, September 2004
  • Patrick C. Paternie

To celebrate the 25th birthday of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class (www.mbusa.com), AMG fitted the upcoming G55 with the ultimate noisemaker: a bellowing 469 hp, 5.5-liter, supercharged V-8. Producing one-third more horsepower than the 349 hp block housed in the current G55, the engine gives the 5,610-pound tank a 5.6-second time in the zero-to-62 mph dash—the same time posted by the Porsche Cayenne Turbo.

The boxy G55 turns a crawl in Vienna’s morning traffic into a hoot, transforming its occupants into a pair of giggling bobbleheads as it lunges from one stoplight to the next. On open roads, the deep-throated bray of the V-8 rumbles from the dual exhausts, which are positioned for maximum acoustic effect on the side of the vehicle ahead of the rear wheels.
 
Only 300 to 500 G55s will be available in the United States this fall. As of July, Mercedes had not announced the price of the vehicle, but expect to pay more than $90,000.

From Around the Web...
This Lamborghini Miura P400 SVJ is one of maybe only six factory-made originals…
Robert White’s collection of motorcycles, motorcars, and watches goes under the hammer…
The fastback will have sensors and cameras monitoring the driver’s vision and transmitting data…
Nine of our favorites, with current price values from the motorcycle specialist at Bonhams…
The premier tire manufacturer unveils a $10 million display of supercars…
 Photo by Darin Schnabel ©RM Sotheby's
A 1939 Alfa Romeo Touring Spider and a 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta are priced in the millions…
Jaguar joins the luxury crossover frenzy with the all-new 2017 F-Pace, and we take it for a spin…
Independent designer Paul Breshke reveals his vision for the marque’s next star vehicle…
A 600 hp river monster, the latest themed SUV from Bentley is no fish story…
Photo by Jun Song
The luxury marque and hotel brand team up to offer exclusive driving experiences around the world…