Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG Tuned by Väth

Words Chris Danielson | April 06, 2010
Vath bumps the Mercedes G55 AMG’s output to 680 hp and with a maximum torque of 840Nm, and the result scares us
Words Chris Danielson April 06, 2010

You may think the Mercedes G55 AMG in and of itself boasts enough power to satisfy the demands of the average power-hungry consumer, and you’d be right.  Straight from the factory, the G55 AMG boasts 373 kW/507 hp, a maximum torque of 700 Nm, a zero to 62 mph time of 5.5 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph.  Fast by any standards; but in an SUV, especially the G-Class, very fast.  But there’s always those that want more, and for this group, there’s Vath.  They’ve opted to tune the model to an even more extreme level, bumping power to 680 hp and torque to 840 Nm.  The result is a newly improved top speed of “wow should I really be going this fast in a G-Class?” 165 mph.

So how’d they make the magic happen?  Under the hood, changes include a new intake manifold, a complete outlet system, coolers, and a patented Vath fuel cooler.  Adding a touch of sportiness to the G55, a new front bonnet, a front spoiler with enlarged air intakes, LED daylight lamps, and sport exhaust system were added, as was a new lowered suspension system and 22″ rims.  Inside, carbon and Alacantara accents remind the pilot that this isn’t an oridnary G55 AMG, while a sport braking system with 390mm disks rounds out the list of modifications.

I personally value my life and will stick to the more than sufficient factory Mercedes G55 AMG.  But for those of you living life on the edge, photos and the Vath G55 AMG press release follow.