Unlike the Land Rover Defender, which is expected to spawn a successor based on
a new concept car
headed for the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, the utilitarian Mercedes-Benz G-Glass is soon to meet its end.
To celebrate its life, Mercedes unveiled the Final Edition and Edition Select
models for the European market, but perhaps the German automaker is preparing a much bigger send out for military-bred SUV.
Pictured here under going hot-weather testing in the Southern U.S. is a mysterious G55 AMG
prototype wearing significantly bigger air intakes than usual. We can clearly see them stuck on the front bumper.
Onlookers also claimed that the prototype sounded much louder than the regular G55 AMG, leading to speculation that it’s been fitted with the hand-built 6.2-liter V-8 found in numerous AMG cars. In its most potent application, the SLS AMG supercar, the engine produces no less than 563 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque.
You’ll note this engine is also in the process of being phased out, with a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 set to take over its role. Perhaps AMG engineers are planning a send out for both the G-Class and their legendary V-8.
Of course, it could also be an insane G65 AMG V-12 beast that we reported on earlier
Only time will tell.
For a review of the current 2011 Mercedes-Benz G-Class and G55 AMG, click here