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Kanye West once rapped that the Mercedes G550 was “his favorite toy”, but West, along with other rappers and oil shieks, will be sorely disappointed to learn that the new AMG versions expected to debut will make their lowly G550 look dated.
The G55 will get an updated twin-turbo 525-horsepower 5.5L V8, similar to other Mercedes AMG cars, to replace its supercharged V8. A mild facelift will also follow. But what’s really making news is the rumored G65, which should come with a twin-turbocharged V12 engine and a pricetag of $327,000. The V12 will put out 612 horsepower and roughly 738 lb-ft of torque. The excessive price tag and power figures are in play thanks to an ultra-exclusive run of only 250 cars.
Gallery: Mercedes-Benz G55 and G65 AMG
There was a time when the Mercedes-Benz G-Class was the backbone of Western protection against the creeping threat of the Reds, and had nothing to do with chain-wearing Eurosnobs or those who brag onstage about their bullet wounds. Then again, nobody in West Germany tried to shove a twin-turbocharged V12 into one in order to pan-fry the Volksarmee even faster.
Hey, isn’t this progress? The ADD-riddled engineers at AMG might be hard at work shoehorning the same 6.0-liter biturbo V12 from the S65 AMG into the G-Class: 612-horsepower and 737 lb-ft of torque might be enough for some people out there, but that’s just what Mercedes hopes to find.
Mercedes hasn’t made an official announcement on what would be dubbed the G65 AMG, presumably because of international weapons restrictions. But as for a name, “Thunderbrick,” “Checkpoint Charlie’s Revenge,” or “Thor’s Own Freakin’ Nuclear-Powered Birth Mother” could suffice.