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Friday 10th December 2010

Pic Of The Week: G55 AMGs

Ice, and a slice of automotive iconography from M-B


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It may not be the most artistic photograph in the world, POTW fans, but for us this one perfectly captures the lines and character of one (Two, surely? Ed.) of our favourite automotive sculptures. And on the eve of PH's imminent Sunday Service visit to Mercedes-Benz World, we reckon it deserves a run round the block in what is the closest PH gets to a weekly 'culture' spot...

More to the point, the hewn from granite 'Gelandewagen' from M-B is shortly to return to the UK with right hand drive, a fact we were reminded of by this image captured on location in Arjeplog, Sweden at the AMG Winter Sporting Academy. And then we thought, if we remind M-B how much PHers love these cars, they'll probably let us have a go in one. Is that so wrong?

Triple diff-locks, rugged body-on-frame build, no-nonsense styling and the guts to go-anywhere - it's just a shame we can't bring our picture to life with the rumbling V8 soundtrack of these two 507hp examples powered by AMG.

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srwrightdotcom

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Amazing cars. But did they copy the Land Rover Defender?

Garlick

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sperm

Hendry

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I love G-Wagens. This thing kepps calling my name but I don't have the courage to take a near 20 year old car as a daily drive. Not alongside a 38 year old Bristol anyway.

don logan

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Cooler than the ground they are standing on!


v1paul

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Would love one of these in black. fking expensive though.
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P4ROT

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Awesome cars- they had a brand new g55 at the Merc stand at FOS- was nicer inside than I thought it was going to be- but the price shocked me a bit (120 K!)

Frimley111R

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Made up word of the day: iconography

Hugo a Gogo

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pronounced Gay-vagen

think on that

Vintageseekers

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Uber schnell- Hard not to be impressed...

pSyCoSiS

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Love these G-Wagens, especially the AMG version, with the side exit exhausts.

Just the name itself sounds so cool...

Excellent POTW, and very fitting with the weather we have had recently

k-ink

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The only 4x4 to be seen in cool

new_bloke

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Frimley111R said:
Made up word of the day: iconography
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/iconography

HTH wink

Edited by new_bloke on Friday 10th December 15:30

JonRB

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Frimley111R said:
Made up word of the day: iconography
It's Welsh English, you 'tard.

wink

Edited by JonRB on Friday 10th December 16:25

nyxster

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Have a lot of friends in Russia with G55's, they are epic all-rounders, you can plough through huge snow-drifts then turn up at a 5 Star hotel valet parking in your tux, expensive but built to withstand nuclear attack. the noise is simply biblical and they make most 4x4's look like the chelsea tractors they are.

url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84fHrjoQDLM&feature=related]snow joke[/url]

definate marmite car, people love em or loathe em.


AUDIHenry

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They are beautiful cars, but the standard V8 is terribly slow. The supercharged has to be the way to go, though people complain about the stiff suspension.

I do like some of the interior, though: this is a special one, Designo? I'm not sure.


edo

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AUDIHenry said:
They are beautiful cars, but the standard V8 is terribly slow. The supercharged has to be the way to go, though people complain about the stiff suspension.

I do like some of the interior, though: this is a special one, Designo? I'm not sure.

So simple they only have one pedal! GOOOOOOO!

soad

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Not bad, perfect for the winter - seems fitting

nsa

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These are very cool, but aren't they a bit overrated?

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nsa said:
These are very cool, but aren't they a bit overrated?

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Yes and no, by any conventional benchmark they're totally rubbish, but if you're someone that 'gets it', then they're still a very entertaining device, and difficult not to love.

Lutz

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Dunno about the AMG version, ith leather, aircon and all that rubbish.
I had the 3 litre diesel convertible, and I cannot imagine anything better to sit in when you get into a difficult situation.
I drove in the meantime Land Rovers, Range Rovers, Nissan Patrol, Toyota Land Cruizer, Jeeps, Hummers ... But nothing gets close. Nothing.

Geländewagen rules supreme.
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