The hardcore, built-to-order Mercedes Benz G63 AMG 6×6 took the world by storm, but was a little big – too big actually- six humongous wheels full of boxy, vault-like, £370,000 Mercedes Benz G-Class pick-up. Step in the smaller – absolutely relatively speaking, the 4 wheeled version – the G 500 4×4² (Squared).
From the looks of it, the new Mercedes Benz G500 4×4 ² will be able to do perform all the land flattening antics of it’s 6X6 counterpart, like wading through a meter of water. The “recipe” for this mini-monster from the release says –
“take the superior all-wheel-drive powertrain, including portal axles from the 6×6 – take away one axle – and blend it all with a newly-developed variable chassis and the series-production G-Class body. A large pinch of 4.0 litre V8 biturbo power with 422 hp, a set of 22-inch 325/55 R 22-sized wheels, carbon-fibre detachable body parts and then just gourmet ingredients from the seductive designo Exclusive range for the interior -and the 5-star menu for all off-road enthusiasts is ready”
So there we have it, while that lime green paintwork looks pretty distinctive for this monstrous Gelandewagen. Here are some specs that differentiate it from it’s tamer sibling, the G 500:
|G 500 4×4²||Long-wheelbase G 500|
|Ground clearance||450 mm||210 mm|
|Angle of approach/departure f/r||52 / 54||36/27|
|Fording depth||1000 mm||600 mm|
|Slope climbing ability||100%||100%|
|Track, front/rear||1774 mm||1475 mm|
|Wheel/tyre combination||9.5 J x 22
325/55 R 22
|7.5 J x 18
265/60 R 18
You can be putting all the aforementioned numbers to good use, but the G500 4×4 ² will still make you stay cocooned inside – like a true Mercedes. Upholstered with the designo Exclusive package (black designo leather with white contrasting topstitching), right down to the seat bolsters, head restraints as well as the dashboard, centre console and armrests in the doors . The seat surfaces and door panels feature diamond-design quilting. Not even an ounce of bare metal can be seen inside, as there is leather trim for the roof liner and the body pillars as well.