Despite looking like the 1970s-era design that it is, Mercedes’ G-Wagen continues to be a popular off-roader due to its rugged body-on-frame construction and triple locking differentials that enable it to crawl out of the toughest terrain. With AMG stepping in to create its version of a hotrod offroader, the G-Class’ ascendancy in automotive history was assured.
Currently, the G55 AMG is the most powerful G-Class on the road, being equipped with a supercharged 5.5-liter V8 that produces 507 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. This 2.5 ton vehicle can do the 0-60 mph sprint in 5.5 seconds, on to a factory-mandated top speed of 210 km/h. However, it’s rumored that Mercedes dealers are discreetly studying the market for a G65 AMG G-Wagen, which would have the powerplant from the S65 AMG, that being a 6-liter twin-turbo V12. This engine is rated at 612 hp with almost 740 lb-ft of torque. Then again, such a beast is conjecture at this point but if you’re interested in a monster offroader like that, Brabus has a G-Class derived version called the Widestar, which is fitted with a 800-horsepower, 1050 lb-ft torque monster. – Carscoop