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Special edition of V8-engined luxury off-roader celebrates 55 years of in-house performance brand

A special AMG edition of the Mercedes G-Class has been unveiled to celebrate 55 years of the AMG brand.

Based on the Mercedes-AMG G63, the Edition 55 is only available in either Obsidian Black or G Manufaktur Opalite White, with both colours featuring a side stripe showing a close-up of the AMG badge.

The Edition 55 sits on 22in matt-grey wheels, while many exterior details finished in gloss black. The fuel filler cap is finished in chrome, with AMG engraved into it.

Inside, black and red leather covers most of the cabin, while carbonfibre details can also be found, and a number of Edition 55 badges mark it out from the standard G63.

Mechanically, it's unchanged from the regular G63, so it has a 577bhp twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre petrol V8 that can propel it from 0-62mph in 4.5sec and on to a top speed of 137mph.

UK prices are yet to be announced, but the car will cost €299,222 in Europe – equivalent to £248,915. Order books are open now but will close in November.

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AMG began life in 1967 as a manufacturer of racing engines. The Affalterbach-based firm then started to branch out into producing modified road cars. 

Mercedes-Benz signed a deal to develop and sell cars with it in 1993 before buying it outright in 2005.

Mercedes-AMG CEO Philipp Schiemer said: "The success story of Mercedes-AMG over the past 55 years is simply impressive.

“The same applies to the G-Class, which has remained true to itself for over four decades in the course of its unique career. Its long history and still genuine character makes it the perfect first well-wisher for me on our 55th birthday.”

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Peter Cavellini 22 March 2022

 They couldn't exactly change much could they?, charge more for less?, where have I seen that before?