Last weekend the Goodwood Revival marked the pending production end of an off-road icon, with an extensive parade of Land Rovers of all shapes and sizes.
The end of another chapter of legendary European 4x4s is due soon too – production of the long-lived Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen (first revealed in 1972, and launched in 1978) will come to a close in Graz, Austria. Judging by the large variety of modified variants on display at the 2105 IAA Frankfurt Show, the durable Mercedes is refusing to die quietly. Here are five G-Wagens that demanded our attention…
Mercedes-Benz G 500 Squared:
First shown in 2014 as a concept, the G 500 Squared is now entering limited production as a four-wheeled follow-up to the wild six-wheeled G-Wagon built in very small numbers a couple of years ago. This vibrant ‘marker pen yellow’ model will be gracing Mercedes-Benz showrooms shortly.
Mansory G 500:
Understatement doesn’t seem to appear in the vocabulary of the Swiss tuner Mansory, as illustrated by the wild Bentleys and Lamborghinis on its Frankfurt stand. This menacing G 500 dominates Mansory’s pitch though, with its extra roof-mounted lamps and distinctive carbon weave ‘waist band’, reminiscent of the wickerwork on a 1960s Wood & Pickett Mini De Ville! Oh, and the price? Yours for a mere £500,000. Just the thing for a shrinking violet!
With raised ‘Big Foot’ style chassis and suspension, enhanced by huge extended carbon fibre wheel arches, the 4-Llitre Brabus 500 is designed for extreme off road conditions, plus some of the bigger speed bumps on the Kings Road. If these Brabus-tuned G-Wagen isn’t extreme enough for you though, read on…
The Brabus 850 is the German tuner’s ultimate G. Based around the AMG G 63, the Brabus 850 uses a 5.9-litre motor, developing 850 bhp and 1,540 NM torque, to take in from 0-62 mph in a staggering 4 seconds, and on to a controlled maximum speed of 161 mph. Not bad for a vehicle with the aerodynamics of a brick.
Trasco ‘Premium SUV’ LWB Limo:
Tipping the scales at almost five tonnes, Trasco’s armour plated and stretched ‘Premium SUV’ AMG G 63 is the ultimate high-speed mobile office. Boasting two Individual reclining rear chairs, plus a giant HD screen, cocktail bar, and PC, the rear doors of the Trasco G are lengthened by 180mm, with the cargo area stretch by 400mm.