For decades Mercedes-Benz G-wagen has been a global workhorse. If you are determined to get a showy and aggressively flamboyant off-road car then check this brief buyer’s guide.
How is it to drive?
The G63 AMG with 563 horsepower is a HULK. Driver’s can feel the explosion as they get behind the steering wheel. With high performance tires wrapped beautifully around the strong forged wheels help the G63 corner. Its traditional breadbox shaped physical structure sitting on a truck chassis cannot be overcome.
Mercedes G class underpinnings are ideal for off-road. It is rigid and tough on rough terrains. It is the only vehicle designed to navigate with 3 locking differentials. The huge AMG discs along with calipers display beyond par braking power. AMG has a side exit exhaust, which is more thrilling than slanderous. G-class has an intense swagger and solid mud tires, which are nearly impossible to stop.
How G-class evolved?
- Since its launch in 1979. G-wagen [Geländewagen] was built as a off-roader, especially to be used as military vehicle or utilitarian workhorse.
- In early, 1980’s, G-wagen was equipped with air conditioning and automatic transmission.
- In 1989, G-wagon was refreshed with a revised chassis, anti-lock brakes, 4-wheel drive, 3-locking differentials, and luxurious interiors.
- In 1990, modifications were made to engine and options like V8 and V12 were provided from Mercedes tuning division.
- In 2002, G-wagen [G500] was equipped with 5-speed automatic transmission and 5.0 litre V8 engine.
- In 2009, the G500 became G550 and got a more potent 5.5 litre V8 and 7-speed auto transmission. Later, G550 got coupled by AMG G63.
- In 2016, the 5.5 litre got replaced with 4.0 litre V8 bi-turbo in G550.
- In 2016, the AMG G63 got equipped with 5.5 litre V8 bi-turbo giving 536 to 562 horsepower. Again, there was a re-emergence of AMG G65 model, powered with bi-turbo 6.0 litre V12 that fires 621 horsepower. It romps the huge SUV to 60 mph in a few seconds.
The Mercedes-Benz G-class is available as G550, AMG G63, and AMG G65. The cost of G550 is low than G63 and G65. G-class looks beastly and is the only alternative for off-road driving. With a turbocharged engine you can get your glasses blown away, if you press a little heavily on the accelerator.
Notable features of G550
- 0 litre, bi-turbo V8
- 7-speed auto transmission with paddle shifters
- 2-speed transfer case
- 4-wheel drive
- Lockable front
- Dual-side pipe exhausts
- Rear view camera
- 19-inch alloy wheels
- Rear & centre differentials
- Adaptive cruise control
- Rear & front parking sensors
- Bi-xenon head lamp
Pamper yourself buying the flamboyant G550!