The immense rock crawler might not get a replacement.Mercedes-Benz will soon end production of the G550 4x4-2, an immense off-roader that absolutely dwarfs the standard G-Class it's based on.Engineers in Stuttgart, Germany, started out with a standard G-Class body and added portal axles similar to the ones that equip the Unimog; because, why not? It's a modification that gives the off-roader a little over 17 inches of ground clearance and a much wider track, which explains the bench-like carbon fiber flares attached to the fenders.
The engine remains unchanged. Power comes from a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 rated at 422 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. It spins the G's four wheels through a seven-speed automatic transmission that can be controlled using shift paddles. It's no Bentley Bentayga, but performance is impressive for such a gargantuan beast. There's even a sport mode for those who need to hit the trail in a hurry.
The final G550 4x4-2 will roll off the assembly line in Graz, Austria, at the end of this month, according to Motor Authority. Pricing starts at $225,925 before a mandatory $925 destination charge is factored in, which makes it a little over $100,00 more expensive than the entry-level G550.
Make no mistake: that's a sizable sum. We nonetheless suggest interested buyers act fast, because there's no guarantee the 4x4-2 will be replaced.
Photo by Ronan Glon.