The most spectacular models in four decades of G-Class history are versions such as the Mercedes-Benz G 500 4x42 with a ground clearance of 45 centimetres, a fording depth of one metre, portal axles and a twin-turbocharged V8 powerpack developing 422 PS and 610 PS. Not spectacular enough? Then how about special series such as the Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet or the 544 PS Mercedes-Benz AMG G 6x6 as dream cars from 1001 Nights. To negotiate the sand and dunes as required, the tyres can be deflated and inflated while on the move, as in a Dakar Rally racing car. This gives the gigantic tyres the contact surface that is indispensable in desert conditions.
“When driving in the dunes, the tyre pressure should be lowered to 0.5 bar,” chief G-Class technician Erwin Wonisch explains, “and the pressure should be 1.8 bar when the surface gets harder.” The compressed air comes from a 20-litre reservoir. No end to the Mercedes-Benz G-Class is in sight. On the contrary, for the new generation of the W 463 is due to celebrate its public premiere and the previous W 461 continues to be available for official bodies and the armed forces.