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2009-12-18 06:58
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Model G55 AMG Edition 79
Engine 5.5l supercharged V8
Power 373kW @ 6 100r/min
Torque 700Nm @ 2 750-4 000r/min
Transmission Five-speed auto
Zero To Hundred 5.5 seconds
Top Speed 210km/h
Weight 2 550kg
AMG, unsurprisingly, makes a significant portion of its turnover in the Middle-East - where the fuel is cheap and customer expectations, well, rather unique.

Therefore, it was hardly surprisingly to see the G55 AMG Kompressor Edition 79 displayed at this week’s Dubai’s Auto Show.

Barking mad since 1979

This Edition 79 model will only be offered for sale in the Middle-East and is limited to (surprise-surprise) 79 units.

Some of the key styling differences between the Edition 79 and stock G55 AMGs are an animal vaporising front bush-bar, model-unique 19-inch alloy wheels and chromed indictor protectors and underguard skidplates.

Cabin embellishments tally up carbon-fibre trim inserts, black/sand contrast leather seats and a numbered logo on the selector lever, denoting exactly which number out of 79 your Edition 79 is.

For the rest it’s pure AMG madness.

Effectively you have a car designed in the 1970s to transport German and British staff officers around the Rhine military areas; suitably powered-up by a rather mad 373kW 5.4l supercharged V8.

Despite a 2.5t mass penalty, the G55 AMG Edition 79 should still see off most hot hatchbacks with a storming 0-100km/h acceleration time of only 5.5 seconds. Top speed is (thankfully) limited to 210km/h.

Handling? Well, suffice to say the G55 still features solid axle front and rear suspension...

The kind of cruising speeds these G55 powered AMGs are capable of does not really do the 1970s SUV aerodynamics any favours and wind-noise above 200km/h is epic – just the way Middle-Eastern customers like.


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