VATH Gets Busy on the Mercedes-Benz G55 AMG: 680 HP Monster Emerges


The Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen has always held a special place our hearts. Be it the rugged styling coupled with advanced German engineering, or the age-old box shape, this military-class SUV somehow never seems to become dated regardless of its stubborn resistance to change. So anytime someone tinkers with das Gel√§ndewagen, we can’t help but take notice. This time around VAETH AUTOMOBILTECHNIK has applied their tuning chops to up the performance ante and throw in some aesthetic mods to boot.

The stock 5.5-liter supercharged V8 comes with 500 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, which already puts the G-Class from AMG at the upper echelon of the sport SUV class in terms of power. Through some crafty engine tuning including a reworked intake manifold, outlet systems and fuel cooling, Vath manages to crank 680 hp from the same powerplant and offer up 620 tq. The speedometer runs through 330 km/h (206 mph) but top speed is reached somewhere around 165 mph. With this much power on tap, VATH relies on a sport brake system with 390 mm discs brakes. The upgraded shock absorbers drop the ride height 35 mm which accentuates the 22 x 10 inch light alloy wheels.



The VATH G55 AMG definitely makes a bold statement with its panda bear paint scheme and aggressive styling. On the exterior, Vath incorporates a new hood and front bumper with massive air intakes, LED daytime running lights and Xenon fog lamps, a roof spoiler, and a revised exhaust system with pipes set underneath the rocker panels. Inside, the G-Wagen gets swathed in leather while the steering wheel is clad in Alcantara. A new set of instrument gauges is also installed for added effect. There is no word yet on pricing and full performance specs are unavailable but we’ll keep you posted… 

Source: VATH