If you were the head of the German military in the 1970’s and you looked at your allies, they all had their own vehicles. America had the classic Jeep, the British the LandRover, the Japanese the Land Cruiser. So, they decided to build their own. And then those wacky pranksters at Mercedes decided to take this tank, dress it up, power it up and price it up and voila, you have the G-Wagen.
The G-Wagen is officially called the Gelaendewagen. That means “Cross-Country Vehicle,” and it certainly is that. In fact, the military underpinnings here are the real luxury here. Oh, there’s plenty of real wood and stitched leather inside, but don’t let that fool you. Like the old original Hummer H1, the civilian veneer is as thin as Charley Sheen’s grip on reality.
And you feel it on and off road. Where the wild things grow, the G-wagen is right at home, because it is only slightly less capable than a Tiger tank. The ground clearances and firm suspension handle anything you can throw at it.
On road, the G is outrageously fast getting to 60 miles per hour in under 5 seconds thanks to the 500 horsepower produced by the 5.4-liter supercharged V8 under the hood. Each engine is hand built and a signed plate is hammered on by the guy who built it.
There is a great stereo, navigation system and air conditioninig that will cool beer. But don’t expect an in-roof DVD or any other silly touches. This thing is built for combat and all business and feels like it’s carved out of a solid chunk of pig-iron.
And all this fun costs you only $125,000 dollars. That’s right, 125K for the rarest, meanest kid on the luxury block. But if you are in the market for a G55, that’s probably just lunch money for you.
That’s our road test, I’m roger Gray and I’ll see you on the road.