First Drive 2005 MercedesBenz G 55 AMG Kompressor Autos ca

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Mercedes-Benz G 55 AMG Kompressor

June 14, 2004

Story and by Grant Yoxon

On road or the ‘G’ is top of the class

First Drive: G 55 AMG

Preview: Canada’s military G

GRAZ, Austria – In Europe, the Mercedes Gelaendenwagen has been for 25 years, the boxy Benz has cult status.

But the G-Class, as it is today, is a rare sight on our It has been available in North for just two of those 25 years, and its in Canada starts above

So it can be well understood if the importance of a run for a vehicle that few people in have even seen, let can afford, is lost on the average here.

Yet the anniversary is doubly for Canada. The G-Class is built by a company, and in its military version serve as basic transport for the Armed Forces.

Its manufacturer, AG, is the descendant of Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG, with Mercedes-Benz worked to develop and the Gelaendenwagen. For most of its history, the was built under contract by at its factory here.

Canada’s International Inc. acquired of Steyr-Daimler-Puch in 1998, giving one of the world’s largest auto the ability to produce whole Today, Magna-Steyr also the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Jeep Cherokee, Chrysler Voyager, BMW X3 and 9-3 convertible.

G-Class variants in

Mercedes-Benz G 500 at Schöckl test

Mercedes-Benz G 270 CDI at Schöckl

Mercedes-Benz G 270 CDI at Schöckl

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Production of the G-Class in 1979, with all of the vehicle’s being manufactured at the plant in a tradition that continues Only 24 of these mostly vehicles leave the assembly each day.

The G-Class was conceived as a civilian vehicle, but and Steyr soon started about military applications the Shah of Iran – a major shareholder – placed an order for units in 1975, just as on the factory in Graz began. contract was later cancelled by the government, but nearly a third of all vehicles built have purchased by other nations for or emergency use.

The most client is the Canadian Armed which placed an order for 802 G-Class wagons in October Sixty have already delivered to Afghanistan, while 40 have arrived in Canada. The will be delivered over the four years, and Mercedes-Benz the Canadian Forces will be with its purchase and execute an to buy 499 more of the sturdy, capable

How capable? With a strong frame, rigid axles, springs and gas shocks, three locking differentials, a synchronized case, a low-range off-road ratio, electronic traction stability control and brake the G Wagon can go just about

In civilian trim, it is able to or descend slopes of up to 80 per cent. Its stationary tilt angle is 54 Ground clearance is 29 centimetres in.) It can ford streams 50 cm in.) deep. On military ground clearance bumps up to cm (17.2 in), and its fording is 60 cm (23.6 in.), according to the of National Defence. However, its high-mounted snorkel air intake, it probably go much deeper.

Magna-Steyr has an off-road test outside Graz, atop a with panoramic views toward Slovakia. It was here at the test site that the prowess of the original Gelaendenwagen was and where Mercedes-Benz and Magna-Steyr test the durability and capability of the

Schöckl is a network of rocky and near-impossible boulder-strewn slopes. on an incline with a 40- or 50-degree our G 500 (5.0-litre gas engine) tester effortlessly away and straight up. The was moderated by the low-range gear and engine braking, as we crawled the rocks without the aid of the wheel

G Class assembly at Magna-Steyr in Graz. Click image to

It is easy to understand this attraction for the military. But as capable as it is the civilian G-Class has all the comforts one expect in an ultra-luxury vehicle — navigation system, heated seats, walnut wood automatic climate control and adjustable steering column, to a few.

In Europe it’s in a short-wheelbase two-door wagon, cabrio and long-wheelbase four wagon with a choice of gasoline engines and two diesels.

gets only the long-wheelbase offered with two gas V-8s: a 5.0-litre (G 500), and the new 2005 AMG 5.5-litre (G 55 AMG) that 476 h.p. and 516 pound-feet of torque.

Compared to the original Gelaendenwagen debuted in 1979 with engines and a maximum 150 h.p. the has come a long way. In time, Mercedes-Benz has never the need to change the G’s form-follows-function appearance. The square, angular provides a good field of for the driver and makes excellent use of space.

First Drive: Mercedes-Benz G 55 AMG Kompressor

Graz, – As if it wasn’t enough that the G-Class is one of the most rugged and off-road vehicles on the planet, it is now one of the fastest, if not the most powerful SUV can buy.

2005 Mercedes-Benz G 55 AMG

Mercedes-Benz G 55 AMG nears end of assembly at Magna-Steyr. Click images to

Mercedes-AMG is the hot rod division of Mercedes-Benz, high performance variants for of the vehicles the company builds. offered in 1999, the G 55 AMG came a 5.5-litre V8 producing 349 horsepower and 387 of torque. To mark its 25th Mercedes-Benz has a new G 55, the 2005 G 55 AMG Kompressor.

Mercedes-Benz G 55 AMG Kompressor

is Mercedes-speak for supercharger. With the of an intercooler and two low-temperature coolers to air temperatures at the intake, the supercharged produces 476 hp at 6,100 r.p.m. and 516 of torque from 2,650 to 4,500 r.p.m. putting the kilogram (5,621 lb.) G 55 the same league as some class super cars.

Zero to 100 kilometres per hour is in 5.6 seconds. We stop watch 80 to 120 km/h at three seconds Passing, needless to say, is and effortless. Top speed is an electronically 210 km/h.

The off-road capability of the G 55 the same as all other G-Class And on-road performance has been with higher rate springs and re-tuned shock But in reality, the G 55′s strong is straight ahead performance. it handles extremely well for a heavy SUV, it is still an with a high centre of and a preference for cautious cornering. and effective disc brakes the G 55 back from too fast to right whenever the need

A new exhaust system provides flow and reduced back while more efficient converters reduce exhaust Twin oval tail protrude diagonally in front of rear wheel and are the only other than its distinctive and sound, that this G is the ultimate performance Gelaendenwagen.

The 2004 G 55 retails in Canada for Prices for the 2005 G 55 AMG Kompressor, in showrooms early this have not been announced.

the military G Wagon

Graz, – At the Magna-Steyr factory in Graz, G Wagons painted Canadian Green move slowly the assembly line alongside luxurious versions of the Mercedes-Benz

Canadian military G Wagon on the line at Magna Steyr in Austria

Canadian G Wagons inspection following assembly at Steyr. Click images to

At one station, workers install a Kompressor engine and drive onto a frame that become a $140,000 G-55 On the next vehicle, the same bolt in the 2.7-litre 5-cylinder drivetrain that will the G Wagon through the streets of Afghanistan.

In early March, units stationed in Afghanistan delivery of the first 60 Mercedes-Benz G while another 40 were to Canada. They are the first of 802 G Wagons to be built on the Magna-Steyr line for Canada as part of a million contract to replace the and often-criticised Iltis.

The contract includes 160 modular armour systems (APS) designed for the Canadian vehicles. The APS, stores in three boxes and can be in the field by three soldiers in as as eight hours, gives the G protection against small fire, hand grenades and mines. The modules add nearly a ton of to the 3.9 ton (8,598 lb.) vehicles, but the include reduced manufacturing much improved fuel and better performance for non-armoured

Like the APS, the G Wagons are built to Canadian Army with several hundred being designed and installed for the Canadian production run. The G Wagons are equipped with the G-Class all-wheel-drive system, disc and rear drum dual 12- and 24-volt electrical 24-volt starter, solar charger, two piece wheels run flat tires, automatic special radio communications roof racks and frame to allow air-lifting the vehicles. Air is a necessity, as armoured windows roll down.

While we didn’t get a chance to the new military G Wagon, we did go for a short outside the factory in Graz. just 156 horsepower, the turbocharged and 5-cylinder 2.7-litre diesel appears anaemic on paper, but the powerplant produces big torque at low r.p.m. – 295 foot-pounds of torque at 1,800 r.p.m.- and moved the vehicle surprisingly well.

the G Wagon is built in Austria, of the contract require

Canadian G await delivery to Canada. image to enlarge

Mercedes-Benz to 100 percent of its value – currently million – in goods and services all provinces and territories of Canada. As the G Wagons can be serviced and maintained Mercedes-Benz’ worldwide network of and service depots – a parts infrastructure as good as any army’s.

Mercedes-Benz G 55 AMG Kompressor
Mercedes-Benz G 55 AMG Kompressor
Mercedes-Benz G 55 AMG Kompressor

Mercedes-Benz G 55 AMG Kompressor


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