Coming to town is Mercedes’ updated and upgraded G55 AMG which, if the rumble under the hood is any indication, will be powered by the M157 5.5 liter biturbo V8. With 540 horsepower on tap, this relatively lightweight powerplant also has a torque rating of 590 lb-ft. That combination of horsepower and torque in the G-Wagon should make it practically unstoppable on and off the road.
The boxy shape of the G-Class has endeared itself to its loyal followers, and Mercedes has given the 2012 edition a slight facelift in the form of revised grillwork. But even though it’s smoother-looking, the underhood rumble and bruiser looks still project a dominating personality. More rounded sideview mirrors with integrated turn signals can also be seen, but this is more of an aesthetic upgrade rather than an attempt to improve the aerodynamics of this old, but not dated-looking favorite.