The Incredible Mercedes G-Class 6×6

Mercedes managed to transform one of its most utilitarian models to a luxury car, but those familiar with this class will know that this mean machine is a true workhorse. If you remove all the luxurious features, the Mercedes G-Class 6×6 is just right for military use. In fact, the G-Class is sold to the government and military forces as the 461 series.

Until now, the best chance you’d have of driving the Mercedes G-Class 6×6 was to join the Australian army which purchased 2,100 of these capable chasers. But the company has made a smart decision: to make a civilian version which millionaires can order. For 2014, the G-Class has new LED daytime running lamps and a redesigned center console and dashboard. From the initial military blueprint, it still has six wheels, portal axles, a tyre-inflation control system which adjusts tyre pressure andan off-road low-range ratio in the transfer case.

However, once you get inside the cabin, the Mercedes G-Class 6×6 is less utilitarian with its leather-finished dash with contrast stitching, heated and ventilated leather armchairs, Alcantara slathered on the roof and carbon-fibre trim. But this is not all. Once you get over the size of the car, you will notice the gigantic carbon wheelarch extensions and the pickup load area with exclusive bamboo lining.

The Mercedes G-Class 6×6 is 5.85m long and 2.3m tall, so calling it huge would not be an overstatement. But don’t let its enormous size fool you. The military vehicle is powered by a G63’s 540bhp, 5.5-litre bi-turbo V8 engine, going from 0 to 62mph in only 7 seconds. Its 561lb ft are split in 30front/40mid/30rear axles with the help of a 7spd dual-clutch. Moreover, the 4-wheel Electronic Traction System has three electrically-engaged differential locks and a synchronized transfer case.

Although the G-Class was not designed to corner like a sport cars, its agility is impressive, especially when considering its 3.85 tonnes. Besides being agile, it also cannot be stopped. Its axle articulation manages 460mm of ground clearance and its fording depth is a solid metre. Traction is certainly not a problem for this toy. However, it is not a cheap one, costing something over €300,000. Other features include rear parking assistance with camera, dual zone climate control, bi-xenon headlights, HDD navigation system, premium wood trim and sensing wipers. Among standard safety equipment, we must mention anti-lock brakes, Mercedes’ mbrace2 system, Blind Spot Assist, electronic stability control, brake assist, Distronic Plus, Parktronic and side-curtain airbags.

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