When it comes to iconic sports utility vehicles (SUVs), very few can match the titanic Mercedes G550 for pedigree and panache. With a signature design that has remained virtually unchanged since the 1970’s, the “G-Wagon” has more or less become a garage-staple for the high society of Las Vegas.
But while it’s primarily known today as the ultimate automotive style icon, a fashion statement, the G550 is about much more than just looks. Beneath that retro aluminum shell lies a truly modern vehicle – as cutting-edge and high-tech as any other ultra-luxe, high-end SUV on the market.
Read on to learn what makes the Mercedes G550 the ultimate grand-touring SUV.
Under the Hood
Lift the magnificent, trapezoidal hood of the G-Wagon, and you’ll find yourself face-to-face with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged eight-cylinder behemoth. Now, this powerplant is essentially a slightly tuned-down version of the engine you get in the AMG-GT, the German’s brand’s current flagship super sports car. And we have to say, the minds at AMG have truly worked their magic with this one.
Although a pair of gigantic turbos are strapped on to this engine, its power delivery is as linear and smooth as a free-breathing naturally-aspirated unit. When idling, the G550’s V8 is almost completely silent. However, when you mesh your right foot into the carpet and those exhaust valves open, you’re greeted with a thunderous soundtrack that has become the signature of modern AMG V8s.
Moving on to the power, there’s enough of it to leave most Porsche 911s and Mustangs into the dust – we’re talking about a hefty 416 hp and a staggering 450 pounds-feet of torque here. Although the G550 tips the scales at well over 5,000 lbs. it can slingshot its way from 0 to 60 mph in just 5 seconds, and will keep on accelerating until it hits an electronically-limited V-max of 155 mph.
The Driving Experience
It’s not only in the powertrain department where Mercedes has gone over-the-top with the G550. The Germans have thrown the proverbial “kitchen sink” when it comes to the G-Wagon’s suspension system as well. It features the latest generation of Mercedes’ magnetically-controlled dampers, which can automatically adjust themselves hundreds of times in a second, based on the driving conditions and surface.
Moreover, although the G550 is now found more prevalently in the parking lots of luxury hotels and in the garages of celebrities, it hasn’t become soft. The G-Wagon’s natural habitat still remains off road. Fitted with an intuitive 4WD system, an electronic limited-slip differential and diff locks, the G-Wagon possesses unrivalled off-roading capabilities.
Creature Comforts and Tech Features
The Mercedes G550 excels in the creature comforts and tech features department as well. The cabin is a cacophony of premium exotic materials, such as burnished aluminum, real wood, leather. Carbon fiber accents are an optional extra as well.
Moving on to the tech features, the G-Wagon comes equipped with everything you’d expect from a modern Merc. The center-piece of the dash is a huge 7.5-inch infotainment screen which comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard. Then you have dual-zone climate control, a pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control with automated emergency braking, and more.
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