• Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4²: The Most Amazing G-Wagon Ever! [Video]

    The Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4²: Could this possibly be the best Mercedes of them all?

    The Mercedes G-Wagon has long been the most off-road worthy vehicle that the German automaker has to offer. However, Mercedes have gone and one-upped themselves with the Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4². This could be the most amazing G-Wagon of them all. Roman, Nathan and Andre have done what few dare to attempt with a G-Wagon – Take it off-road.

    Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4²

    Mercedes very kindly lent the guys this Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4² to drive around in while they are in LA for the 2017 LA Auto Show. Where many find this vehicle to be at home on Hollywood Boulevard, the guys had a different plan. To the hills they went to put this insane off-roader to the test.

    Off-Road Ability

    Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4²
    [Photo: Mercedes-Benz]
    There are a few key improvements that Mercedes have made to the G-Wagon to make the 4×4² the most capable version yet. First off, it has 17.2″ of ground clearance. For reference, a stock Jeep Wrangler sits at about 9″. A very aggressive lift on a Wrangler would be around 6″ and even then, the 4×4² has an extra 2.2″ from the factory.

    Part of the reason for this incredible ground clearance, enough to drive over Nathan without even coming close to hitting him, is the use of Portal Axles. Portal Axles connect to the top of the wheel, rather than in the center, allowing for a lot more ground clearance.

    Furthermore, this beast has two shocks per corner, for a total of 8 shocks. Within each pair, one acts as a passive damper, while the other is active, and can be adjusted for sporty driving or more flexibility off-road.

    Another key hallmark of this vehicle’s off-road ability is not one, not two, but three locking differentials. Front, Center and Rear all lock. This allows for excellent control and traction at each wheel.

    Powerplant

    What has Mercedes shoved under the hood of this beast in terms of engines? How about a 416 Horsepower 4.0L twin-turbo V8, the same one found in the C63 AMG Coupe. This engine, which makes 450 lb-ft of torque, sends power to all four wheels (obviously) through a 7-speed automatic transmission.

    Mercedes-Benz G550 4x4²
    [Photo: Mercedes-Benz]
    The best part? Well that is somewhat subjective, but its hard not to love quad, side-exit exhaust pipes that sound like God’s angry roar.

    To learn more about the Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4², be sure to watch the whole video! Check back to TFLcar.com for more news, views, and monstrous off-roader reviews. Subscribe to The Fast Lane Car and TFLnow on YouTube for the latest videos featuring your favorite cars!

     

    Michael Curtis
    Michael Curtis
    Michael has always had a passion for things with four wheels and an engine. His parents often joked that his first word was "Porsche." He currently spends his time as a Communications student at CU Boulder and writes for TFL as an intern trying to learn the ways of the automotive journalist. In his spare time, he attends all the local Cars and Coffee events he can possibly make time for.

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    26 thoughts on “Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4²: The Most Amazing G-Wagon Ever! [Video]

    1. Always had 3 complaints on the G.
      1. Too expensive
      2. Silly Low pro rims
      3. And exhaust that gets ripped off on every 4×4 trip.
      Looks like they resolved #2 Seems like they could have fixed number 3 as well.
      If you got the coin, why not buy it and replace the exhaust. Definitely the sexiest 4×4 being made.

      1. No, no. The Raptor is just a ;piece of junk. Built cheap and sold at a high price to fools who THINK it capable by looking at it. Do your research on the Raptor–it is a very flawed vehicle.

        This thing really IS capable.

    2. I just can’t understand why NO BODY drives a Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4² in the Baja 1000. It can’t be the cha-ching Price $$$$$$! Because there are more expensive vehicles, like:—$$$$$$-Hummers—$$$$$$-Trophy Trucks—$$$$$$-1964 Volkswagen Baja Bugs—–$$$$$$-Motorcycles. But, Honestly, does anybody no anybody that drives or has driven a Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4² in the Baja 1000? Because I’m starting to believe “Baja 1000” doesn’t translate in German; so, they can’t find it or the race.

      1. Its too tall and narrow, its tippy at high speeds and I barely trust it looking at this video; I thought it was going on its roof a few times.

      2. There have been plenty of G’s in other long distance races- Dakkar comes to mind. Their rules allow for more travel for solid axles than for independent suspension.

    3. Hay Michael or Roman! Why are there reports that the Mercedes-Benz G550 4×4² is going out of production in 2018 and Orders will stop at the End of October 2017? I’m glad you guys had a great ride, but What’s Up With That?

        1. Lol!

          Is Bollinger ready to buy back all their future production under lemon law when reality sinks in and people realize it doesn’t actually have a 10,000 lb gvwr?

    4. I had the luxury of sitting inside of one at the Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale Az. for how big it is I am 6’1 there wasn’t that much room however the quality inside is unmatched.

    5. Locking the wheels is garbage compared to electric drive. Locks bind at high speeds and send your front end into the rubbarb at speed. Electric drive is 4 wheel lock without the binding and has the advantage to manage power delivery to any individual wheel so when you want less power to reduce spin on the rear tires but you still want to accelerate an EV car will transfer more power to the front wheels where a conventional motor and tranny will cut engine power or your rear wheels break loose. EV will destroy the off road conventional trucks with more ground clearance better acceleration, better center of gravity and a clean undercarriage that can’t hook on anything, like a sled in the mud with 0 hangups. They will also be quiet with no smells for site seeing.

      1. With lockers, ALL available torque can be sent to one wheel. With electric wheel motors, just that one wheel’s fraction of torque can go to each respective wheel. Modern vehicles with electronically actuated diff locks UNLOCK these diffs when above a certain speed, most front diff locks are only available in low range. Above that, VDC can do all the things you believe electric drive can do.

        1. All available torque wont matter if it is at one wheel and spinning. The electric motors even on one wheel are so powerful you are limited at that point to traction. Whether you have 1million foot lbs of torque or just enough to loose traction neither vehicle is going to go anywhere. So all available torque at one wheel vs 1/4 at the wheel with electric is not an advantage for the conventional motor and tranny with 4 wheel lock when the electric motor exceeds the traction the wheel can deliver to the ground.

          1. Yes Rambro, tires ARE the most important component in a moving vehicle. They have to match the terrain or else all the engineering in the world is useless

    6. You want that rumble you want that feeling that emotion ev will never give you that ev for in city use 👍 But off road and sport driving gas gives you emotional connection

      1. Some of us don’t have emotional problems that we need our vehicles to help with.

        And “VDC can do all the things you believe electric drive can do.”?????

        You really need to get a new name if you are going to to say such things.

        Torque vectoring, brake regeneration with no maintenance for life, 100 percent torque at 0 rpm, extreme efficiency, extreme lightweight, extreme lightweight and compact packaging, inexpensive, are just a few capabilities and advantages electric drive have over VDC.

        Its is difficult to believe the ignorance and stupidity of so many people who claim to know about auto engineering here.

    7. For romping through the desert in supreme comfort/performance I’d probably choose a long travel suspended Landcruiser or even Patrol/QX80.

    8. Good point but if it was me lifted Tahoe weight in all the right places decent gas mileage and powerful v8 but good point sir

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