The Mercedes Benz G Class has managed to make it mark in the international market since decades. In the United States, only two flavors of G Class are available: Flashy and exorbitantly ostentatious. Check out this buyer’s guide to know more.

Driving

It boasts of 536 horsepower and takes off with all noise and violence. This high performance vehicle is wrapped with beautiful forged wheels. Its underpinning are idea for off road rides, it’s rough and tough comes with three locking differentials. Visibility is super from the command console and build quality is good as well. Braking power of the vehicle with those huge discs and calipers is similar to the gravitational pull of a black hole.

What’s new?

The Mercedes G class or the G Wagon has been in the market since the year 1979. The very first models of G Wagon has only two or four doors and gave  a slew of available gasoline and diesel engine options and had manual transmissions. In the 1980, these G Wagons had its first automatic transmission and air conditioning. When the G Wagon turned 10, the G Wagon got a revised chassis, anti-lock brakes, full time four wheel drive, three locking differentials and a luxurious interior. Now there is a reemergence of the AMG G65 model, a 6 liter biturbo V12 fire breather that had 621 horsepower and a speed of 60 MPH in 5.2 seconds.

Powertrain breakdown

The powertrain breakdown entails bolting the burly engines to a modern transmission and transferring loads of power via an old drivetrains. It also has three huge twin turbocharged engines. The base sometimes goes to 60 MPH in 5.8 seconds because of the presence of a 4 liter biturbo V8 that gives away 416 horsepower and 450 pounds of torque. The newest engine of the AMG G65 has 621 horsepower and 738 pounds of torque. The power is sent to all the four wheels through a seven speed automatic transmission, a two transfer scenario with a lockable center differential and two axles and each one of them has their own lockable diff.

Fuel Economy breakdown

The G Class is deemed as a hot mess on the EPA emission rolls. It has the worst fuel economy than any vehicle put up for sale today. Even if you have a full sized truck and put 5 G Wagons and you still manage to have 14 MPG on the highway.