Tuesday, May 12, 2015

2015 Mercedes G500 4x4²

2015 Mercedes G500 4x4²

In January of 1886, Karl Benz with significant help from his wife Bertha Benz, created the World’s first automobile. Two years later Mercedes-Benz was born and the first internal combustion powered cars were available for sale. In 1896, Karl Benz was awarded a second patent for his latest invention: the “flat-engine”, also know as the boxer or horizontally opposed engine. From winning the first ever automobile race in 1894, to producing the first electric automobile in 1906, Mercedes-Benz continues to prove itself as an avante-garde in the industry in which it created. This forward thinking stands out to this day. Enter the Mercedes-Benz G 500 4x4².

Unlike most of MB’s understated AMG hotrods, the G 500 4x4² stands out like an exposed carpet tack. Even if you are unfamiliar with the G-Wagen you can tell something sinister is afoot. Visually, the Portal axles betray the otherwise subtle cues that MB worked so hard to tastefully blend into the package -cues such as the carbon fiber fender flare extensions, G 63/65 front bumper, or the LED lights that sit poised atop the corners of the windshield.

Looks would be nothing without the power to back it up. The direct injected, 4.0 l biturbo engine produces a strong 422 hp and 450 lb/ft of torque. Twin side exhaust pipes eliminate the rear muffler while providing a spot more ground clearance. MB intentionally created a throaty exhaust system that crescendos in intensity as the needle approaches redline. The cacophony of 8 cylinders firing in time is menacing enough to make sports car drivers think twice at traffic lights.

The additional 9.45 inches of ride height afforded by the Portals provides a total ground clearance of 17.72 inches. That’s more than enough clearance to pass over a cinder block standing on end without a scratch! At each corner you will find twin rally sport inspired shocks controlling the additional heft at each wheel while keeping the Portals in check. From the cockpit the driver can cycle through shock valving adjustments in as little as 15 milliseconds.

Passengers who successfully summit the high door sills will find themselves rewarded with the incredible comfort that Mercedes-Benz is known for -in spades. The seat bolsters, headrests, door armrests, center console and dash are adorned in white-stitch accented, black leather. The beautiful seats also receive diamond stitching and DINAMICA microfibre a material that is reproduced on the roof and body pillars.

Make no doubt about it, the Mercedes-Benz G 500 4x4² may be the little brother of the mighty G63 Brabus 6x6 but it certainly has learned to hold its own at the table. With any hope, MB will turn this concept into reality and make some lucky (and wealthy) few happy.

18” beadlock wheels -off road
37/12.50/18 MT tires -off road
22” wheels -on road
325/55/22 tires -on road
39.37 inches of water fording
52* approach angle / 54* departure angle
69.84 inch track width
112.20 inch wheelbase -same as standard G-Wagen
88.58 inches from ground to crown of roof
stainless steel skid plates

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