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Hamann's 441kW box on wheels

2009-06-15 11:14
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Model Typhoon
Engine 5.4l supercharged V8
Power 441kW
Torque 782Nm
Transmission 7G tronic
Zero To Hundred 5.1 sec
Top Speed 260km/h
Weight 2.5t
When Mercedes-Benz's G-wagon was designed back in the 1970s, its ability to shift from high- to low-range on the move was quite something. With Hamann's 441kW Typhoon conversion, we wouldn’t advise such off-road biased shenanigans, though.

In fact, we'd advise you to steer way clear of the Typhoon at all costs.

Hamann is one of Germany’s foremost tuning specialists. Considering its latest Typhoon, we think they should go back to the desktop drawing board.

Why German aftermarket tuning specialists feel the need to take the legendary G-Wagon (a formidable military heritage 4x4) to levels of aesthetic comedity and disturbing performance is inexplicable. 

After Brabus brought the G V12S Biturbo to market earlier this year it was only a matter of time before one of its peers would try and best the irrelevance. Enter Hamann’s Typhoon, which is 441kW of utter lunacy.

It may have low-range, yet with those wheels and side-exhausts we would stay away from Rust de Winter...

Finished in white, the newfangled carbon-fibre front grille, door handles, headlight guards and roof spoiler do what they can, yet disguising the G-Wagon’s 1970s military spec styling is impossible.

Factor in the rear diffuser, LED daytime running lights, 24-inch anodised deep-dish black rims and triple side-exhaust - jutting out from under both running boards - and you're left with positively the pimpiest box on wheels for 2009.

Hamann technicians have liberated the 5.5l V8’s ECU parameters, weaved in a new pulley set and magically conjured up a near 100kW increase in power output. Compared with the G55’s stock engine, power peaks 91kW higher with rotational force up by 82Nm too.

The G-wagon is a tall car, originally designed to transport German Army staff officers to American and British army bases near the Rhine during the Cold War. Nearly two decades later doubt powering it up to 441kW is hardly a smart idea...

Performance is sprightly to say the least, even with the Typhoon weighing in at over 2.5 tonne. Hamann claims the Typhoon will sprint from 0-100km/h in 5.1 seconds, which is only a factional improvement over the stock G55’s 5.4 second time.

With the 250km/h top speed limiter removed, the brick-like aerodynamics conspire against the 441kW power output’s best intentions as it manages to only add 10km/h to the top end.

The interior of this Typhoon is embellished with a sport steering wheel, floor mats, aluminum pedals, illuminated door sills and a 24-piece carbon-fibre trim kit – ensuring your fingerprints are left all over the interior fittings.

Red and black contrast velour trim imbues the Typhoon’s cabin with all the restrained class of a Middle-Eastern arms dealer’s lounge. Really, just stick with a standard ML63 AMG - trust us.


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