Mercedes added to the legacy of the G-Class, or the Geländewagen as it’s popularly called, with the outrageous but massively capable G 63 AMG 6×6. The AMG off-roader which featured three axles and five locking differentials was an exercise in excesses – a Rs 3 crore-plus price tag (before duties, mind you) and a limited production run of about 100 vehicles.
The new G 500 4×4² aims to provide similar levels of capability while being a tad more accessible to the petrolhead gentry. So it’s essentially a 6×6 without the nutty third axle, running with the familiar G-Class production body on top.
The engine is new too – the 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 from the C 63 AMG and AMG GT but this is the first time it’s being used without AMG tuning. The figures are still impressive with 422PS and 610Nm going to all four of those giant 22-inch 325-section tyres. Even more specialised mud tyres are available as well.
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