Mercedes-Benz Unveils G 500 4x4² Extreme Off-Roader
The G 500 4x4² is an extreme off-roader derived from the limited-edition G 63 AMG 6x6
The G 500 4x4² is the highlight of the refreshed G-Class lineup, combining an all-wheel-drive system with portal axles and the new 4.0-liter V8 twin-turbo engine rated at 422 PS (416 hp) and 610 Nm (450 lb-ft) of torque. Despite being a heavy vehicle, the engine allows the G 500 4x4² to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in just 7.4 seconds.
But acceleration times are not what this monster is all about. The G 500 4x4² was designed to tackle any terrain one can throw at it. It has a permanent all-wheel drive, off-road reduction in the transfer case, portal axles and the three differentials which can be locked while on the move. It also features a considerably wider track compared with the series-production car (+299 mm or 11.7 inches), huge 325/55 R 22-sized wheels, as well as a new chassis with dual spring/damper struts and adjustable damping.
The portal axles allowed engineers to place the wheels further below the height of the axle center, resulting in a ground clearance of 450 mm (17.7 inches) and a fording depth of 1,000 mm (39.3 inches).
The huge ground clearance makes the G 500 4x4² easy to recognize, as do the extra flared wheel arches, big wheels, AMG front bumper and LED light strips above the windscreen. The flagship model of the facelifted G-Class family will arrive in showrooms in December 2015, with a starting price of €226,100 in Germany.