THE G-CLASS SQUARED.

August 23rd, 2017 by

Proven recipe for success. At its best.

Only a G-Class can be better than a G-Class. This is the credo followed by the developers with the Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG® 6×6, and they are now stepping up a gear with the G 500 4×4². The basic recipe for this overcomer of everything is simple: 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. The 4.0 litre V8 biturbo engine in the G 500 4×4² stands out for its sublime power delivery, the targeted lightweight construction, as well as its high efficiency. The newly developed eight-cylinder features twin turbochargers which are not mounted on the outside of the cylinder banks but rather inside the V configuration – what is known as the “hot inside V”.

Obstacles? Such a thing does not exist.

Permanent all-wheel drive, an off-road reduction in the transfer case, portal axles and three differentials lockable whilst on the move will not be found on conventional cross-country vehicles. Even the highest sand dunes are stormed by the show car with ease, whilst rocky terrain and water is driven through without any problems. The portal axles developed for versatile applications are the technical highlight of the G 500 4×4² show car. Therefore, on the G 500 4×4² the ground clearance rises to 450 millimetres and the fording depth to 1000 millimetres.

The new damper adjustment, derived from rally sport, has a decisive effect here: Two spring/damper struts running in parallel are used per wheel. One spring/damper strut works conventionally with set damper characteristics. With this set-up, considerable kingpin inclination is possible between the settings SPORT and COMFORT, which the driver can select using a button in the centre console. The switching times between the two modes are record-breakingly low, at 15 milliseconds.

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