Mercedes-AMG is celebrating, and to celebrate it has just presented this special edition of the legendary Geländewagen that will be known as the Mercedes-AMG G63 Edition 55. What is the reason for the celebration? Nothing less than the 55th anniversary of the founding of AMG.
The company initially known as AMG Motor Production and Development was founded in 1967 by former Mercedes-Benz engineers Hans Werner Aufrecht and Erhard Melcher in the town of Burgstall, as an operation for the development of racing engines for Mercedes-Benz cars. In 1976 AMG moved its operations to Affalterbach, its current headquarters.
In 2005 Mercedes-Benz, who had already controlled it since 1999, acquired all of the shares in AMG, which currently acts as the manufacturer’s highly developed vehicle division, with design, manufacturing and marketing responsibilities for vehicles sold under the Mercedes-AMG brand. The current GT coupe and four-door models, as well as the SL roadster, are Mercedes-AMG products that have no counterpart on the Mercedes-Benz side.
The Mercedes-AMG G63’s powertrain remains unchanged in the special edition, meaning it’s equipped with the same hand-built 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that powers all 2022 G63s. This engine makes 577 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque, and its power is sent to all four wheels through a nine-speed automatic transmission.
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This special edition of the Geländewagen can be ordered only in two colors, white or black, or to put it in the lexicon of the brand, white Manufaktur Opalite White or black Obsidian Black Metallic. Whichever color is chosen, the powerful SUV will display a decal on the lower part of its doors with a stylized version of the AMG medallion and will be equipped with the AMG Night and AMG Night II packages, which add dark details to the bodywork and interior of the vehicle, among which there is a beautiful fuel filler cap that is chromed and displays the AMG logo. All 55 Mercedes-AMG G63 Editions use 22-inch forged wheels with a cross-spoke design and finished in matt Tantalum Gray.
In its cabin, the Edition 55 displays a combination of black and red, used frequently through the years on the most powerful Mercdes, which is seen in its nappa leather-trimmed seats. The Mercedes Dinamica microfiber-wrapped steering wheel features the ’55 AMG’ badge on its lower center spoke. The floor mats are black velor with contrasting red stitching displaying the AMG logo as do the red-illuminated stainless steel running boards. Edition 55 buyers also get a custom cover to protect the car inside the garage.
This is the second special edition of the Mercedes-AMG G63 that we know about this week after the Mercedes-AMG G63 Palace Edition “Space Horse Tokyo” created in collaboration with Palace Skateboard, and it will probably be the last corresponding to the current version of this powerful truck, as prototypes of an updated version of the model are currently undergoing field tests across Europe. Not many changes are expected, but some updates to the telematics systems and probably a couple of minor exterior changes.
Mercedes-AMG hasn’t said whether production of the Edition 55 will be limited to a set number of units, but the model’s exorbitant price will still keep things in check. In Germany, for example, to the initial price of the G63 of €144,450 euros ($158,896), you have to add a surcharge of €17,850 euros ($19,365) for the Edition 55, which unfortunately will not be offered in the US. Orders for the Mercedes-AMG G63 Edition 55 are now open in Europe where the anniversary model can be ordered until October this year.
AMG fans in the United States should not lose hope, as according to the company “more birthday surprises will follow in the coming months.”