Going off-road with the G-Class? Anyone can do that. But what would it be like bringing a 45-year-old Stroke Eight onto rough terrain? We dared to try it out. In South Africa. A thoroughly dusty test report.
G. In Mercedes-Benz nomenclature, the “G” stands for “Geländewagen” (off-road vehicle), for the iconic G-Class. It was developed and has been built for more than four decades to bring drivers and their materials to their destination safely and enjoyably on all roads around the world, but above all off-road.
The G-Class was presented to the general public in 1979. Three years previously, the Stroke Eight, i.e. the W 114/W 115 model series, was replaced by the W 123 model series. So the Stroke Eight was already history when the G was born. History? The Stroke Eight was much more than that, even back then. It had become a legend.